The Table Tennis Equipments


We have got all the necessary information about the game of Table Tennis and now its time to know about the Table Tennis Equipments.

The Table Tennis Equipments

The game of Table tennis is played with three major equipments, the ball, the table and paddle or racket, here we will look at each of these equipments.

The Table Tennis Ball

The rules set by the ITTF clearly suggest that the ball should be of 2.7 grams or 0.095 oz. It must have a diameter or 40 millimeters or 1.57 inches. The rules also say that the ball should bounce up to 24 to 26 cm or 9.4 to 10.2 inches when dropped from the height of 30.5 cm or 12.0 inches onto a standard steel block. Although these rules were changed soon after Sydney Olympics 2000, and immediately the Chinese raised objections. As per them that these newly laid rules will favor the non Chinese countries and their players as these changes are made the ball go slower. The orange Table tennis balls were also introduced in the meantime.

The Table Tennis Table

The Table tennis table is 2.74 meters or 9.0 feet long, 1.525 meters or 5 feet wide and 76 cm or 2.5 feet high. The Table tennis table must be able to provide a uniform bounce of about 23 cm or 9.1 inches when it is dropped from a height of 30 cm or 11.8 inches or at least 77% of that. The surface of the table must be dark coloured and matte. The table must be divided into two halves by a net which should be 15.25 cm or 6 inches high.

The Table Tennis Rackets

The Table tennis rackets are laminated by wood and are covered with a rubber either on one or two sides depending on the grip of the player. The governing authority, ITTF calls it ‘racket’, in Britain its common to call them ‘bat’ and in the United States they are known as ‘paddle’. As per the ITTF regulations the blades of the rackets must be made out of natural wood at least by 85%. The Table tennis rackets are made of limba, balsa, hinoki or cypress woods. Along with the wood the Table tennis rackets also have a sponge which should be made of rubber and should not give undue advantage to the players as per the ITTF rules.


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