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How Much Space Do You Need to Set Up a Ping...
How much space do you need to play table tennis at home?
How to Serve Legally in Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations.
3 Ways to Grip a Table Tennis Paddle
A comprehensive list of grip types in table tennis/ ping-pong, with explanations and photographs.
How to Build Your Own Ping-Pong Table
Want to build your own ping-pong table, but not sure it is worth the hassle? Greg Letts, your About.com Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, investigates whether you can build a competition quality table tennis table quickly and easily.
How to Keep Score in Table Tennis
A comprehensive guide for beginners on how to keep score in table tennis.
How to Clean Your Ping-Pong Paddle
Advice on how to clean your table tennis rubbers properly.
Can I Volley the Ball in Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong?
When can you volley the ball in table tennis/ping-pong?
Building a Ping-Pong Table - Playing Surface...
What materials are used to build high quality ping-pong tables, and where can you buy table tennis table paint?
Top 10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Table...
New to ping-pong? Find out about the most common ten mistakes made by table tennis beginners, and how to avoid them.
In Table Tennis, Is Your Serve Allowed to...
In table tennis, are you allowed to serve so that the ball would bounce twice on your opponent's court? Also, can you serve from outside the sidelines of the table?
What Are the Origins of Table Tennis?
A brief history of the sport of table tennis (or ping-pong), from its early origins in Victorian England, through the use of pimpled rubber, the introduction of sponge, the dominance of the Chinese, the introduction of speed glue, and the sweeping rule changes of 2000, into the future.
Traditional Chinese Penhold Grip in Table...
Explanation and photographs of the ping-pong traditional Chinese penhold grip, with a discussion of its advantages, disadvantages and variations.
Table Tennis/Ping-Pong - Important Olympic...
Get explanations about the important rules and laws of the Olympic sport of table tennis/ping-pong, and learn about the role of the judges and officials in table tennis at the Olympic Games.
Table Tennis for Beginners: The Basic Rules of...
A comprehensive list of the important basic table tennis rules for beginners, with full explanations. Learn which basic ping-pong rules you really need to know.
How to Choose the Right Ping-Pong Table for...
Advice and information about how to choose the right ping-pong table for you. Includes advice on mini ping-pong tables, outdoor table tennis tables, and table tennis table conversion tops.
Learn to Play Table Tennis: Lessons for...
Learn to play the Olympic sport of table tennis with these table tennis tutorials and how to's for ping-pong beginners and advanced table tennis players.
Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB) Grip in Table...
Explanations and photographs of the table tennnis/ping-pong reverse penhold backhand (rpb) grip.
How To Choose Your First Ping-Pong Paddle
Ready to buy your first table tennis bat? Get information, advice and recommendations about what to look for in your first ping-pong paddle.
The Ball Toss - Law 2.6.2
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 2.
Protecting Your Ping-Pong Paddle - Looking...
Learn how to extend the life of your ping-pong paddle by protecting it from dirt and damage.
10 Reasons You Should Play Table Tennis
A summary of the reasons to play ping pong (or table tennis), including health and fitness, a great mental workout, it's inexpensive and fun!
Is There a Difference Between Red and Black...
Is There a Difference Between Red and Black Table Tennis Rubbers? Are red rubbers faster, and black rubbers spinnier?
How much room in your living room?
How much court space do you need to play table tennis? What is the minimum size of a family room to play ping-pong in?
The Service and the Return
Read the ITTF laws table tennis regarding the service and the return.
Japanese / Korean Penhold Grip in Table Tennis/...
Explanations and photographs of the table tennis/ping-pong Japanese/Korean penhold grip.
Hitting the Ball Over the Net - Law 2.6.3
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 4.
Start of the Service - Law 2.6.1
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations.
Beginner's Guide to Table Tennis - Introduction
New to table tennis / ping-pong? Get started the right way with expert advice on what equipment you will need, how to play the basic strokes, choosing your first racket, finding places to play, and the important rules you need to know first.
Should You Play With Short Pips?
Guest author Andrew Gooding shares his thoughts on what it takes to successfully use short pips in table tennis. So if you are thinking of using short pimpled rubber to play ping-pong, check this article out first!
The Top 10 Most Classic Table Tennis Blades
The top ten classic table tennis blades, as recommended by the About.com Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Forum. Find which ping-pong blades have stood the test of time, and why.
Poly Balls: Table Tennis Balls Are Changing
Table tennis balls are changing. Starting on July 1st 2014 plastic balls, also known as poly balls, will be introduced to competitive table tennis.
Why Do Ping-Pong Players Wipe Their Hand on the...
Why do ping-pong players wipe their hands on the table during a match?
Can You Put Your Free Hand on the Table?
When can you put your free hand on the table (playing surface) in table tennis?
Which Grip is Best for Basement Ping-Pong...
What is the best grip for basement ping-pong players?
Shakehand Shallow Grip in Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
Explanations and photographs of the table tennis/ ping-pong shakehand shallow grip.
Ping-Pong or Table Tennis? Which is Correct?
Is ping-pong the preferred phrase, or is table tennis the true term? Which is correct? Does it matter? About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Guide Greg Letts investigates what's in a name.
Ball Location During Service - Law 2.6.4
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 6.
Serving in Doubles - Law 2.6.3
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 5.
The Ball Toss Part 2 - Law 2.6.3
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 3.
skunk rule
Description of what the skunk rule is in table tennis.
How to Play the Basic Strokes of Table Tennis/...
How to Play the Basic Strokes of Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong - a guide with photos and explanations. Learn about serving and returning serve, counterhitting, pushing, driving, chopping, smashing, looping and more!
The Best Budget Ping-Pong Paddles
Greg Letts, the Guide to About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, reviews six ping-pong paddles available for under $20.
10 Best Classic Table Tennis Rubbers
The top ten classic table tennis rubbers, as recommended by the About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Forum. Find which table tennis rubbers have stood the test of time, and why.
Learn the Laws of Table Tennis
Read the Laws of Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong rules. Settle those table tennis rules arguments once and for all!
Equipment Needed To Play Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
A comprehensive list of the equipment you will need to get started in Table Tennis (Ping-Pong). For starters, you need your own bat (or paddle).
Can You Hit the Ball Around the Net in Table...
Can you hit the ball around the net in table tennis?
Table Tennis: The Pros and Cons of the...
Explanations and photographs of the table tennis/ ping-pong shakehand deep grip.
Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Basic Concepts
Learn the basic concepts of table tennis. Find out about spin, the basic strokes, important rules of ping-pong, how to score, choosing your first racket and more!
Table Tennis Rackets - Choosing Between...
Are you trying to decide whether to buy a pre-made table tennis bat from a sports store, or assemble a custom built racket? Guest author Alex Vanderklugt has some good advice on which choice is right for you.
How to Use Spin in Table Tennis
Spin in table tennis/ ping-pong - what is it, why is it important, how it works, how to do it, when to use it, how to read it, and how to handle it.
Can You Hit Your Table Tennis Bat on the Table?
Is it legal to hit your table tennis bat on the table during a point?
Hiding the Ball - Law 2.6.5
Learn how to serve legally in table tennis. The service rules explained, along with diagrams and video explanations. Page 7.
Basement Bats vs Custom Table Tennis Rackets -...
How do you tell the difference between a basement bat and a custom table tennis racket?
How to Use Long Pips - Basic Techniques For...
Looking to get the most out of your long pips rubbers? Watch videos and read explanations of the basic long pimpled techniques that you need to master.
let
Description of a let in table tennis.
10 Table Tennis Blades Best for Beginners
The top ten table tennis blades for beginners, as recommended by the About.com Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Forum.
How Often Should You Replace Your Table Tennis...
How often should you replace your table tennis rubbers, and how do you know when they need changing?
What Lights Do You Need For Home Table Tennis...
What type of lights and how bright should they be for a good home table tennis room. Find out how to set up the lighting for your ping-pong games room.
Seemiller Grip in Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
Explanations and photographs of the table tennis/ping-pong Seemiller grip.
How To Improve Your Return of Serve - Theory
Tips and advice for beginners on the theory of returning serve in table tennis.
10 Ping-Pong Rubbers Best For Beginners
The top ten beginner ping-pong rubbers, as recommended by the About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Forum. Find which ping-pong rubbers have stood the test of time, and why.
Who Gets the Point When the Ball Hits the Edge...
In table tennis/ping-pong, who gets the point when the ball hits the edge of the table?
You Can Get Injured Playing Ping-Pong, But You...
Stay safe while playing table tennis by following these simple tips for avoiding injuries while playing ping-pong.
Where to Find List of Local Table Tennis...
Want to compete at table tennis? Find out where you can play in local ping-pong tournaments.
The Difference between Table Tennis Playing...
What are the differences in table tennis between beginners, intermediate and advanced players? What level do you fit into? Find out here!
Pump Up Your Ping-Pong Power
Want to increase your power in ping-pong? Find out the secrets of hitting harder in table tennis.
Training By Yourself in Table Tennis/Ping-Pong...
Learn how to improve your table tennis game when you don't have a ping-pong partner available to practice with.
Is Any Table Tennis Serve That Hits the Net and...
What happens when a table tennis serve hits the net and goes over, but doesn't hit the opponent's court?
Top Table Tennis Shoes
Here are our top ten favorite shoes as recommended by the About.com Table Tennis forum and your expert, Greg Letts.
Basic Physics and Math of Ping-Pong
About.com guest author Jonathan Roberts explains how the Newtonian laws of physics apply to table tennis. Find out about the mathematics and physics of ping-pong!
How to Play Against Long Pimples
Get expert advice on how to play against long pimpled rubbers, including theory and practical explanations of how they work and how to counter their effects.
Table Tennis Basic Strokes - The Forehand...
Watch and learn from clear photographs and explanations of how to do a forehand topspin serve in table tennis.
How to Glue Sponge Rubbers to Your Table Tennis...
Learn how to easily glue sponge table tennis rubbers to your ping-pong blade. Step by step explanations and video tutorial show exactly how to do it yourself.
Learn to Loop in Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
Learn how to play the loop stroke in table tennis. Videos and explanations of how to learn to topspin loop in ping-pong.
Which Table Tennis Table Should I Buy?
Are you planning to buy a table tennis table? Greg Letts, the About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Guide, has some recommendations to help you choose the perfect ping-pong table.
Help! My Oppponent's Table Tennis Attacks Are...
Need advice on what to do if you are having problems coping with your table tennis opponent's powerful ping-pong attacks? Your Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, has a number of tips to help you shut down your opponent's offence.
What Happens If The Ball Bounces Back Over The...
What happens when a ping-pong player serves the ball with so much backspin that it comes back over the net by itself without being touched by the opponent? Who wins the point?
Table Tennis - Effects of Sponge Thickness on...
A discussion of the effects of different sponge thicknesses when used with long pimpled rubber in table tennis.
What Happens When the Server Misses the Ball...
What happens when the server in table tennis misses the ball completely when attempting to serve?
How Thick Should Your Table Tennis Table Be? Is...
Is a 19mm table top thick enough for a top quality table tennis table?
Which Ping-Pong Paddle Should I Buy?
Looking to buy a new ping-pong paddle, with separate blade and rubbers? Then get some advice on what table tennis bat to buy from Greg Letts, the About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Guide.
What is Long Pimpled Rubber, and Why Do People...
An explanation of what long pimpled rubber is, and why some table tennis players use long pips.
fault
Description of what a fault is in table tennis.
Simple Drills for Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
A collection of simple but effective drills for table tennis / ping-pong.
How to Use Short Pips Table Tennis Rubber...
Guest author Ray Arditi shares what he has learned about how to use short pips table tennis rubber successfully.
Table Tennis Serving - the Double Bounce Serve
Diagrams and explanations of the double bounce serve in table tennis, and why it is so effective.
Can You Switch Hands During a Point in Table...
Is it legal to change your racket hand during a rally? Or between points? And is it legal to drop your racket and hit the ball with your hand instead? Or to throw your racket in order to hit the ball? Your guide to About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, explains the official answers to these questions.
Table Tennis - Advanced Guide to Serving
An advanced discussion of how to improve your serves in table tennis, including the topics of why the serve is important, what makes a good serve, and other factors to consider when serving.
Footwork Drills - Training by Yourself in Table...
How to use footwork drills to improve your table tennis/ping-pong when you don't have a partner to practice with.
How to Get More Spin on Your Table Tennis Serves
Do you want to get more spin on your table tennis serves? Greg Letts, your About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Guide, explains how to get more spin when serving in ping-pong.
How to Play Table Tennis With Short Pimples
Advice on tactics and strategies for players using short pimples in table tennis. Find out how to make the most of your short pips.
Choosing Your Table Tennis Rubbers
You can play better table tennis by choosing the right rubbers for your game. Get information, advice, and recommendations on how to choose the best rubbers for your style.
Alternative Footwork Training with Omar Assar...
Here is a video of Omar Assar and Jorgen Persson training their footwork away from the table with a throwing and catching game.
deuce
Description of what deuce is in table tennis/ ping-pong.
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
The Olympic Track - How Do I Become An Olympic Table Tennis Player?
Definitions
Read the ITTF laws of table tennis regarding basic definitions, such as what is a rally, when is the ball in play, what is a point, what is the racket hand and the free hand, what is striking and obstructing the ball, who is the server and receiver, who is the umpire and assistant umpire, and what is the end line.
Doubles Tips For Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong...
Are you are star at singles but a dud at doubles in table tennis? Then learn how to improve your ping-pong doubles play with these simple but effective tips and tactics.
How To Improve Your Consistency in Table Tennis
Do you have problems with your consistency when playing table tennis? Do you make a lot of silly mistakes? Greg Letts, your About.com Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, shares his thoughts on how you can improve your ping-pong consistency, and avoiding making unforced errors.
Choosing Your Table Tennis Shoes
Do you need special table tennis shoes? Find out whether you should buy special ping-pong shoes, and what to look for in a table tennis shoe.
throw angle
Description of what the throw angle of a rubber is in table tennis / ping-pong.
V Grip in Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
Explanations and photographs of the table tennis/ping-pong V grip.
In Deuce/Ad Situations, Does the Person Who is...
In table tennis, when it's a deuce/ad situation (e.ge at 11-10), does the person who is behind always have the serve?
Table Tennis - Guide to Playing With Long Pimples
An in-depth guide to playing with long pimples in table tennis. Includes advice on who should use long pimples, what styles are suited to use long pimples, what type of long pimples should be used, how to twiddle, tactics and strategies, how to wobble the ball and how to use frictionless long pips.
Point, Game and Match
Read the ITTF laws of table tennis regarding points, games and matches.
What Flooring Should You Use For Your Home...
What are the best types of flooring to use for your home table tennis room? What type of floors should you avoid in your ping-pong games room?
Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong - Forehand Pendulum...
Watch and learn from clear photographs, videos and explanations of how to do a forehand pendulum backspin/sidespin serve in table tennis/ping-pong.
Protesting Against Plastic Ping-Pong Balls
Do you disagree with the ITTF's decision to introduce new plastic balls in July 2014 to replace the traditional celluloid table tennis ball? If so, why not sign the online petition protesting against the change?
What is the Objective of the Game of Table...
The objective of the game of Table Tennis (Ping-Pong) - what's the point(!)?
Butterfly Sriver Table Tennis Rubber Review
An in depth review of Butterfly Sriver table tennis rubber from the expert to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, including the advantages and disadvantages of this ping-pong rubber.
Physical Fitness - Training by Yourself in...
How to get fitter and improve your table tennis/ping-pong when you don't have a partner to practice with.
loop
Description of what is a loop stroke in table tennis / ping-pong.
Top Ten Things I Love About Table Tennis/...
A list of what Greg loves about present day table tennis/ping-pong.
Are Edge Balls Out of Bounds?
Are the edges of a table tennis table outside the boundaries of the playing surface?
How To Improve Your Serve in Table Tennis/...
Tips and advice for beginners on how to practice the serve in table tennis/ ping-pong.
Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit Table Tennis Blade...
An in depth review of the Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit table tennis blade, both from an attacking and defensive viewpoint.
shakehand grip
Description of the shakehand grip in table tennis.
Beginner's Guide to Serving in Table Tennis/...
Learn all about the serve in table tennis/ ping-pong, with theoretical and practical tips and advice on how to improve your serve and troubleshoot any problems.
How to Win Against Ping-Pong Players You Hate...
Every table tennis player has some opponents they hate to play. Learn how to beat these pesky ping-pong opponents more often.
Service Practice - Training in Table Tennis/Pin...
How to get the most out of your ping-pong serving practice when practicing table tennis on your own.
How to Play Against Antispin
Get expert advice on how to play against antispin rubbers, including theory and practical explanations of how they work and how to counter their effects.
Can I Use a Racket in Each Hand When Playing...
Is it legal to use a ping-pong racket in each hand when playing table tennis?
Table Tennis - Guide to Playing With Antispin
An in-depth guide to playing with antispin in table tennis. Includes antispins advantages and disadvantages, tactics and techniques to use with antispin, general tips and more.
Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 Table Tennis Robot - Review
A review of the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 table tennis robot from Greg Letts, your Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong.
Yasaka Mark V Ping-Pong Rubber Review
An in depth review of Yasaka Mark V ping-pong rubber from your guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, including the advantages and disadvantages of this table tennis rubber.
Shadow Play - Training by Yourself in Table...
How to use shadow play to improve your table tennis/ping-pong when you don't have a partner to practice with.
How To Troubleshoot Your Return of Serve
What to do when you want to return your return of serve to the manufacturer.
Common Blocking Mistakes in Table Tennis /...
Learn the most common mistakes table tennis players make when blocking an opponent's attack, and how to avoid them.
Playing Styles
Want to know what style you play? Learn about the different categories of playing styles in table tennis. Read a comprehensive list and explanations of the many different styles used in modern table tennis.
How Many Calories Do You Burn While Playing...
How many calories do you burn off while playing table tennis? Does playing ping-pong use up a lot of kilojoules? Do table tennis players have special nutritional needs?
How To Handle Spin
Information and advice on how to handle spin in table tennis.
chop
Explanation of what a chop is in table tennis.
Table Tennis - So You Want to Be a Ping-Pong...
Think you've got what it takes to be a table tennis champion? Read this article first before getting on the court with the ping-pong elite. A semi-serious look at what it takes to be a table tennis legend.
Table Tennis Basic Strokes - The Backhand Push
Watch and learn from clear photographs, videos and explanations of how to hit a backhand push in table tennis.
Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Ball Recommendations...
Lamenting the poor quality of table tennis balls these days, and recommending a few ping-pong balls that are better than the rest.
What Happens When the Ball Hits the Net Clamp...
What happens when the ball goes over the net, then hits the net clamp on the opponent's side of the table?
Table Tennis Bat Tips
Some quick tips on getting the most out of your table tennis bat, and looking after your ping-pong paddle.
Can My Serve Cut the Sideline in Table Tennis /...
When serving in table tennis, is it legal for your serve to go off the sideline of your opponent's court? Or must the ball go over the endline of your opponent's court? Find out the answer here.
What Age Can My Child Start Playing Table...
Get advice on what age your child can start playing table tennis/ ping-pong.
rally
Explanation of what a rally is in table tennis.
antispin
Explanation of what antispin rubber is.
How To Read Spin
Information and advice on how to read spin in table tennis
Stop Pushing!
We have a problem; we push too much. If we want to improve and succeed at a highly level we need to stop pushing and start playing more aggressively.
Repairing cracks and chips in a table tennis...
How to fix cracks or chips in a table tennis table.
Spin in Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong - How Does it...
Find out about how spin works in table tennis/ ping-pong, and how to create your own spinny strokes.
Training for Beginners
Get expert advice on how to begin training for table tennis. Improve your ping-pong game faster!
Table Tennis - Tactics and Techniques for Using...
Get advice on what tactics and techniques to use when playing with antispin in table tennis. Page 2.
Top Myths About Table Tennis/Ping-Pong
A list of the most popular myths and misconceptions about table tennis/ping-pong.
The Order of Serving, Receiving and Ends
Read about the ITTF laws of table tennis regarding the order of serving, receiving and ends.
Yasaka Anti Power Table Tennis Rubber Review
An in depth review of Yasaka Anti Power table tennis rubber from your guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, including the advantages and disadvantages of this ping-pong rubber.
The Backhand Backspin/Sidespin Serve - Table...
Watch and learn from clear photographs, videos and explanations of how to do a backhand backspin/sidespin serve in table tennis/ping-pong.

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