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So, Youve Never Heard of Table Tennis?

For some, table tennis is merely a substitute for the grass-and-sun theme of the "regular" tennis court, and for others, table tennis is a competitive sport in its own right. No matter which category you fall into, table tennis definitely has something to offer you.

Table tennis is played on a hard table divided by a very soft net. It is highly fast paced, and requires not only quick reflexes, but also a bit of strategy as well. In order to understand where the strategy comes into play, a brief discussion of basic game play is required.

Table tennis consists of a small, lightweight ball and two paddles. To choose who serves first, there is either a coin toss, or the referee hides the ball in one hand and the player who guesses which hand the ball is in gets to serve. After the ball is launched, it must go over to the opponent's side of the table once, where the opponent can then return the ball back to the other side. If, for some reason, the opponent does not return the ball back to the other side, a point is awarded.

The strategy comes into play when it comes to the serve and the return. The serve is often quick, since the only rule is that it must make it over to the opposite side of the table and bounce. The server can therefore add a bit of "spin" to the ball, decreasing the ability of their opponent to predict exactly where the ball will land. Many games have been won by using this method - the server will hit the ball at an angle that will add spin to the ball, and the opponent will miss the chance to return because they were in the wrong spot. It all boils down to being at the right place, at the right time. In the matches between skillful players, it gets harder and harder, coming down to timing, skill, and calmness under pressure.

For the non-competitive, table tennis is also a great sport to play year round, rain or shine. The rules are simple enough that even the beginner can buy an inexpensive paddle set and go play with a few friends. Table tennis is quick to learn, and has caught the attention of millions around the world. Isn't it time you picked up an inexpensive table tennis set and caught the fever?

Ryan Landow is a product manager at Ping Pong Centrall. If you're looking for a table tennis table, then make P.P.C. your first stop. You will table tennis brands like Joola, Stiga, Prince, and others.

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