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Is table tennis the same as Ping-Pong?

What is the difference between pingpong and table tennis? | Notes and Queries | guardian.co.uk

  • What is the difference between pingpong and table tennis?
  • Jackie Rigley, Ilkeston Derbyshire
  • In pingpong the ball must bounce on your side of the table before going over the net after you hit it. It is this extra bounce that gives the game the onomatopoeic name of pingpong. Apart from this the game is identical to table tennis.
    1. Geoff Badgerton, Howtown England
  • Ping Pong was the name given to the game when it was played by gentlemen and ladies. Now it is a competitive sport it has to have a more catchy name but the rules are still the same.
    • Jack Hill, St Albans England
  • In table tennis only the serve has to hit the table on each side of the net, whereas in ping pong every shot has to hit the table on both sides of the net.
    1. james, london uk
  • “Ping-Pong” was the trade name for the table tennis sets originally sold to promote the game.
    • Ray Mitcham, Southport UK
  • The relative seriousness of the participants.
    1. Glenn Oliver, Ashbourne UK
  • James Thurber pointed out that ping-pong backwards, gnop-gnip, sounds much more like a game of table tennis.
    • Angus, Perth Western Australia
  • Table tennis and ping pong are exactly the same game (none of this nonsense of balls bouncing on different or both sides of table) “Ping pong” was the sound that the ball made when the game first came about, because of the type of bat/racquet used. The “ping pong association” then tried to make EVERYONE use only THEIR equipment, and after a period of time a different association was created, called the “table tennis association”. Rules are the same For more:- http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/ask/0,-25477,00.html
    1. Ciaran, Derry NI
  • The official ball size for ping pong is 25mm in diameter. The official ball size of table tennis is 27mm in diameter.
    • Geoffrey Wellington, Sydney Australia
  • Official ping pong balls are slightly larger than table tennis balls. Ping pong = 3.7mm in diameter, while table tennis = 3.4mm diameter.
    1. Louise Smitherson, Brighton, England
  • According to the Columbus Table Tennis Club President, Greg Brendon, the most notable difference between the two games is as follows: ping pong paddles (also called bats) do not contain a sponge-like material between the wood and the outermost layer and are referred to as “pips out” because of their knobby texture on the outermost surface. This sponge like material, along with the inversion of the rubber on the outside of the bat is what makes table tennis a game where the spin placed on the ball is a more relevant factor. Table tennis is the most current of the two games. However, some players still play with hard paddles (aka hard bats) which can make for a challenging variation for newer players who are not used to playing against it as the spin factor is altered by the pips.
    • Jeremy Cadwell, Dublin, Ohio United States
  • Let’s set the record straight. There is absolutely no difference! The correct title for the sport in the UK and most of the rest of the world is “table tennis”. This is because “ping pong” is a trade mark, number 233177, registered by the London toy importers and manufacturers Hamley Brothers on 20 September 1900 for their version of table tennis manufactured by John Jaques & Son. It is for this reason that the name “ping pong” cannot legally be used in UK to describe the sport of table tennis. Originally, there were both a “Ping Pong Association” and a “Table Tennis Association”, established within a few days of one another in December 1901, but they merged in 1903 when the obligations towards the owners of the “ping pong” trade mark became too onerous. There were further problems of a similar nature when the sport, which had been dormant in most parts of the UK from 1904, became active again around 1922. “Ping pong” is still the official title of the sport in a few jurisdictions around the world and principally in China. The references (above) to a single bounce or double bounce service applied only to the period between 1900 and 1902. The references above to a double bounce in each rally and different sizes of ball are completely erroneous. Other trade marks were also registered including “Whiff-Waff” by Slazenger & Sons on 31 December 1900 and erroneously referred to by Boris Johnson in his infamous speech at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. The earliest registered trade mark was “Gossima” by John Jaques & Son on 16 July 1891 and the earliest known equipment (apart from Foster’s compendium of games in 1890 that included a version of tennis on a table) was produced under this name.
    1. Graham Trimming, Slough, UK
  • There is no difference between ping pong and table tennis, it’s all bullshit!
    • Bestia Higgenbottom, York, England
  • I always thought it was the one bounce versus two bounces (as described by others). However, some others have made some very detailed explanations, which sound credible. One thing I would add then, if they are exactly the same game, what do you call the version with one bounce versus the game with two bounces. They cannot be called the same thing.
    1. Guy Eitzen, Melbourne, Australia
  • What basic society calls “ping-pong” is a “game” where you don’t really try hard but instead have fun. The ones who are serious about the sport, because it is a sport being a part of the Olympics, will call this Table-Tennis and have true skill to demonstrate to others. So basically if you go to BTHS and challenge us to “ping-pong”, you will have the ball drived towards your body at 100mi/hr and will never win.
    • KennyG Ariza, Bricktown, NJ United States of America
  • In table tennis you have to throw the ball up at least 6 inches on a serve, in ping pong you can serve from the hand. Also in ping pong you can have any material for the padding or on the padding. In table tennis there are rules for what you can use, for example, in ping pong you can use sand paper for the padding, in table tennis sand paper doesn’t meet the criteria for the padding
    1. Jared wolff, Tampa, FL USA
  • www.pingpong.com explains that, simply put, table tennis is the sport played while Ping-pong is a particular brand of table tennis equipment that has been accepted into common vocabulary much like Hoover did for vacuum cleaners
    • Joe Slade, Oxford, England
  • Dear Editor, I am writing this statement to you as a result of my thoughts on the difference between the two sports, ping pong and table tennis. Back in my day, we didn’t have ‘table tennis’ or ‘ping pong’. It was all just pong. When I was a young boy, after school everyday I’d go home and play pong on my iPhone. Sometimes I would even play during the day! Oh the memories. To conclude, the difference between ping pong and table tennis, is that neither of them exist. The real question is, what is ping pong or table tennis to pong?
    1. Samuel, Ohio America
  • The difference lies in the bat or paddle used by each player. In ping-pong both players use the same bat and the bat is usually sponge less, sometimes called a ‘hardbat’ or ‘sandpaper’ bat. In ping-pong each player has the opportunity to use the others bat during the game, this eliminates any bias due to the type of bat being used; by virtue of this, ping pong, by some, is considered to be a purer game than table tennis, in which the opponents have individually designed bats using a variety of sponges and rubbers.
    • Dr Mark Fisher, London Uk
  • ping pong is stupid whilst table tennis is very stupid
    1. james Young, Bexleyheath United Kingdom
  • it’s all a load of ping pong to me
    • barry wraith, messingham, scunthorpe england
  • I used to be a keen table tennis player when I was in my teens. I was watching the Ping Pong World Championships on television today. The only difference I noticed was that in each game, each player was allowed to go for a double point serve. On his own serve the player signals to the umpire that he wants to try for a double point. The player then goes to the umpire and swaps the game ball for a different coloured ball. He serves once, if he wins he gets 2 points. If he loses his opponent gets the 2 points. He then goes back to the umpire to swap back to the original game ball and carry on with his service. I do not know if there is a difference in size or weight of the double point ball. I do know that nothing like this happens in Table Tennis.
    1. Anthony Marrin, Seaham United Kingdom
  • Guys, some of you just donÂ’t know what youÂ’re talking about, & should try keeping quiet, or at least getting your facts straight before jumping on your keyboards!!! But some of you do!!! The ping Pong World Championships is current being shown on Sky Sports 6th January 2013 They are clearly two different sports, similar yes, but as stated above the key factor is the paddles Shame on many of youÂ
    • Clyde, Wembley UK
  • Ping pong is what kids call the fine game of table tennis.
    1. Sean Hoplin, Dublin Ireland
  • Both are same games. Please go through the given link http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_tennis
    • Thomas, Kochi India
  • Ping pong bounces on both sides of the table, serve and rally. That’s clear and simple, it is not table tennis and just because a patent company jumped on this old style of game doesn’t mean its table tennis with their cheap equipment. Ping pong is a better game than table tennis. Yes.BETTER and more fun. Shame the patent distorted and killed this old game. Ping pong on.
    1. Jason, Rothbury England
  • I was watching on TV but before I could spot the difference between ping pong and table tennis I fell asleep.
    • Chris Leet, Leicester, England
  • As some have said the Ping Pong World Championships are on Sky. In fact the knock out stages start at 6 pm CET. They are two different games, and as some have already said. Similar but different. The bats are spongeless and are exactly the same for each player. The covering on the bat has pimples on both sides of the bat and is usually light blue, as opposed to black on one side and red on the other with Table Tennis. The double point ball can be chosen by each player only once in the match, and only if they are serving. A white ball is used to signify this double point, then after the point is played they revert back to an orange one. If the server on the double point wins the rally then he gets two points, however if he loses, his opponent only gets ONE point not the double point. Also they take it in turns to serve twice, then their opponent serves twice and so on. The game is played to 15 and is sudden death if they reach 14 all, they do not play to two clear points. Table Tennis is normally played to 21 and in batches of fives searches each. I know this because I play both Table Tennis and Ping Pong. Hope that helps without being as rude as some have been!
    1. Pat, London UK
  • Ping Pong • There has been much debate about the difference between ping pong and table tennis, with the common assumption being that they are the same thing. Here, we explain the differences: • The surface of the bats – While the sides of a table tennis bat consist of rubber and sponge, the sides of a ping pong bat are made up of sandpaper. Essentially, this means that the ping pong rallies are longer and involve more craft and skill as the bats arenÂ’t able to generate as much power or spin. • At the end of each leg (first to 11 or 15 points depending on tournament format) players change ends and exchange bats, meaning no advantage can be had from the equipment, unlike in table tennis where players can pick and choose different types of rubber surface to suit their game. • Like table tennis, a best of five legs scoring system is also in place with service changing every two points. However, in Ping Pong each player gets one ‘double point ballÂ’ in each match. They can elect to use this whenever they like provided theyÂ’re on serve – making things even more interesting and exciting!
    • Darren McGurk, Galashiels Scotland

: What is the difference between pingpong and table tennis? | Notes and Queries | guardian.co.uk

Why is it called Ping-Pong?

Though it is excluded from official terminology, this name is very popular today. It notably originates from the onomatopoeic sound of the ball that appeared in the Far East in 1884: ‘ping’ is imitative of the sound of a bat striking a ball and ‘pong’ equates to the sound of the bounce on the table.

Why is table tennis important?

Table tennis after a heart attack – Paul Hooley (pictured), has played table tennis for many years, into his eighties. “Table tennis is a wonderful and generally inexpensive recreation that allows people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to partake in an enjoyable pastime, while at the same time helping to get, and keep, participants fit and healthy,” he says.

  1. In 2015, he set up a new club in Dorset and has since won a number of competition.
  2. Back in 2004, Paul had a heart attack,
  3. At the hospital in Milton Keynes, Paul and his doctors discovered a shared love of table tennis.
  4. In 2009, when Paul had fully recovered, he and two fellow players who had also suffered heart attacks challenged the same doctors to a patients versus physicians charity match.

“I have not had a problem since my recovery, which took a few months,” says Paul. “I am as fit and healthy now as I was before my incident, playing still to a very reasonable standard.” Paul advises others who have had a heart event to be aware of their limits while playing, but believes the sport has many great benefits.

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How many people play table tennis?

1. Introduction – Despite the fact that table tennis is not a majority sport in many countries, about 300 million individuals participate in table tennis, of whom at least 40 million are competitive players, As in other sport disciplines, it is important to know the health status of the athletes, especially in amateur category players who usually cannot count on being monitored by qualified personnel in training sessions and competitions. If health status can be analyzed from different dimensions (physical-physiological, psychological, emotional status), some health benefits have been found in table tennis, and an adequate physical condition can be related to better health levels in different age populations. Specifically, the benefits of playing table tennis are related with hand–eye coordination, balance, coordination, brain stimulation and development of cognitive functions, development of body composition, and improving fat distribution, Furthermore, as previous studies mentioned before, children who regularly play table tennis have greater bone development and superior physical fitness (strength, range of movement, and cardiovascular fitness) compared to those who are physically active, while benefits in muscle strength and neuromotor skills are shown to be maintained in older people, Besides, this sport has been recommended as a tool for increasing physical activity, Table tennis players are required to hit the ball over 30 times per minute during rallies no longer than 4 s, with resting times shorter than 15 s, with the ball travelling at high speed (>50 km·h −1 ), forcing players to respond in milliseconds, Consequently, many table tennis experts have pointed out that motor skills and physical fitness are important traits in table tennis, Concretely, high levels of speed, agility, coordination, reaction time, strength, and flexibility are essential to perform the different techniques correctly, In order to study the physical capacities required in different sports, many tests have been used to assess upper and lower body strength, change of direction ability (CODA), flexibility and acceleration, among others, Specifically, previous studies have analyzed the differences in these capacities in different age groups of table tennis players, In particular, Pradas et al. found that 10–11-years-old table tennis players performed better in upper limb strength, range of motion of the lower back and cardiovascular fitness than physical active but not engaged in a regular physical activity. Similarly, Faber et al. found that 10-year-old table tennis players performed better in sprint, agility, speed while dribbling and throwing a ball test than 7-year-old table tennis players. In this same vein, Pradas de la Fuente et al. observed a direct correlation between age and vertical jump capacity in the age range from 11 to 18 in table tennis players. Nevertheless, although in other sport disciplines older age range participants have been analyzed, only one study has been found that analyze differences in an older age range in table tennis players, Concretely, this study determines the differences in anthropometric attributes of table tennis players according to sex, age, and ranking, concluding that higher lean mass in upper limbs was associated with higher ranking position and that ectomorphic profiles seem to be more related to performance, but no physical test was performed, In order to ameliorate physical performance and minimize the risks of injuries, considering the biological changes occurring during maturation, it would be interesting to assess differences in physical tests among a broad range of age groups (i.e., from under 12 to seniors and older), Even though relationships among different physical capacities have been investigated in other sports, only two studies have reported this information in table tennis players, Specifically, in table tennis, Faber et al. found significant correlations between sprint, agility, and vertical jump tests. Nikolic et al., studied the relationships between physical tests and specific table tennis tests. They found that some motor abilities (i.e., arm coordination, agility, explosive arm power, movement frequency speed, and repetitive leg power) had a positive influence in table tennis tests. However, whilst some studies observed significant correlations amongst physical variables in other sport disciplines, others did not find significant associations among the different tests, It has been previously stated that age, sport discipline, and competitive level can determine the relationships among physical tests ; nevertheless, more studies are needed to analyze whether different physical capacities are inter-related or are independent from each other in table tennis players. Therefore, the aims of the present study were to analyze the table tennis players’ physical profiles (i.e., handgrip isometric strength, vertical jump, horizontal jump, sprint, CODA, and flexibility) considering the age of the participants and to quantify the relationships among the physical tests. As a hypothesis, considering that previous studies have found significant age differences and significant correlations among sprint, agility, and strength tests, significant age differences in physical fitness profiling and significant correlations among these tests are expected in table tennis players.

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Is table tennis a good workout?

It’s great for fitness Not only does it give you a full-body workout, but it also helps improve your hand-eye coordination and reflexes. This means that playing table tennis can help improve your strength, stamina, agility and speed—essential skills for any athlete.

Is ping pong Chinese or Japanese?

After class, ca.1972 Although its name may sound Chinese, the sport of table tennis (ping pong, Pīngpāng qiú, 乒乓球) did not originate in China; invented as an after-dinner diversion in late-19th century England, it made its way into China through the Western settlements via Japan and Korea only in 1901.

  • Starting in the urban areas, it became popular elsewhere over the years.
  • China has long been portrayed as “the sick man of Asia” and this image shaped Chinese attitudes towards sports, body and nationalism; it stood in dire need of being altered and refuted.
  • In the public perception, the association between the fragile Chinese bodies and the humiliating past was often made.

The photographs of imperial China that circulated both at home and abroad reinforced this perception, showing queued, effeminate, emaciated men with long fingernails and tired and expressionless faces in rundown, ramshackle surroundings. These images suggested that Chinese men lacked both the physical and emotional strength that the powerful imperialist Westerners exuded.

  • Similarly, the long practices of binding women’s feet and relegating them to the inner household had obstructed the development of women’s strength and reflected negatively upon the nation.
  • The weakness of the Chinese people thus was seen as one of the main causes of the crisis that beset the nation.

Taking their cue from the popular theory of Social Darwinism, reformers in the late Qing and Republican era saw the development of sports as a much-needed aspect of self-strengthening the nation as well as national pride. By 1911, modern, Western-inspired sports were no longer a phenomenon only seen in the treaty ports along the Eastern seaboard; they had become activities that were shared all over the Chinese territory.

During the early years of the Republic, nationalism grew in importance to become the only thing that could save the nation from imperialism. Concurrently, debates were raised among Chinese intellectuals about military training and physical education in schools and the notion of a martial spirit became an essential educational principle.

As a result, physical education and military training became overlapping physical activities in schools; they were to strengthen the nascent nation-state. Strengthen training, enhance the physique, 1965 The movement was not without success: a renewed confidence in the people’s prowess can be read from the organization of the National Games, which started in 1910 and would continue until 1948. In international competitive perspective, Chinese athletes might not really have made the mark, yet, as the Chinese performances at the Far East Asian Games (1913-1934) indicated, but at least China was showing the world that Asia’s sick man was in the process of recuperating.

  • As far as table tennis is concerned, Japan and the Philippines initially dominated the sports; only in the 8th edition of 1927, organized in Japan, was China able to take the medals.
  • Once the Guomindang had succeeded in reestablishing some unified control over China in 1927, ‘training strong bodies for the nation’ continued to be of paramount concern, as can be seen from its inclusion in the Nanjing government’s New Life Movement (1934-1940).

Table tennis was one of the sports played in the Jiangxi Soviet as well. Soon after the founding of the PRC in 1949, probably around 1952, Mao Zedong made ping pong the new national sport ( guoqiu, national ball ). He chose ping pong because it seemed like a sport that China could afford: no big expensive courts were necessary and the equipment could, when necessary, be easily and cheaply improvised.

  • Added to that, table tennis required minimal physical effort and could be played by virtually everyone, young and old.
  • Moreover, with table tennis China would be able to compete against other countries, and thus to break out of its isolation and to present its new-found national strength on the international stage.

In the 1930s, the (Republican) Chinese Table Tennis Association had failed to join the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), thus, due to the absence of Taiwan and its potential supporters, enabling the PRC to join it in 1953. Female youngsters, go forth and play table tennis!, 1964 The opportunity to appear in the international arena gained added importance after 1958, when supra-national sports bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) started their boycott of the PRC in favor of membership of the Republic of China on Taiwan.

  • On an ideological level, what also counted was that table tennis was not very popular in the world at the time; and especially important, the sport was not associated with elite participation as was the case with badminton, which had been considered before ping pong became the national pastime.
  • The popularity of table tennis was further boosted by the fact that senior CCP leaders enjoyed playing it; Mao himself is known to have been an avid player.

Moreover, ping pong was one of the ten sports that featured in the “Ten-Year Guidelines for Sports Development”, promulgated by the State General Sports Administration in 1958. China’s decision to embrace table tennis paid off well: the women’s team ranked high in 1956-1957, and in 1959, Rong Guotan made history as the first Chinese sportsman to win a world championship.

From 1961-1965, Chinese domination continued, as shown by Zhuang Zedong who brought home the championship three times in a row. But even successful sports like table tennis were subject to conflicting demands: on the one hand, they had to serve as an informal leisure activity, as practiced by the masses.

But on the other, they were to “strengthen male and female bodies” and serve as “the performance of national strength”. This was clearly the domain of organized sports organizations, training facilities and elite athletes, strongly supported by the state, imbued with and structured by extraneous goals and expectations.

The conflict between mass activity and elite sport came to a head in 1968 after the Cultural Revolution had started. The Ministry of Sports under Marshal He Long and the sports commissions on every provincial and county level were disbanded, their responsibilities taken over by the military. Influential sports officials such as He Long and Rong Gaotang were accused of taking the capitalist road, neglecting the interest and health of the people, only concentrating on a small elite and on medals; the latter in particular was termed “cups and medals mania”.

In the process, the training system was dismantled, sports schools were closed, sports competitions ceased, and Chinese teams stopped touring abroad. The table tennis team that had won 15 medals at the 1965 World Championships missed the 1967 and 1969 Championships.

  1. Provincial and local teams were broken up.
  2. Coaches and athletes were sent to the countryside and factories to do physical labor.
  3. Apart from table tennis, gymnastics and athletics teams, most national teams were disbanded.
  4. Outstanding athletes were condemned as sons and daughters of the bourgeoisie, their coaches were denounced and prosecuted.

Three internationally acclaimed table tennis players, Fu Qifang, Jiang Yongning and Rong Guotang, originally from Hong Kong, were accused of being spies and beaten up, eventually leading to their suicides in 1969. Table tennis spreads friendship, 1972 Once the internal situation seemed to have somewhat normalized after 1969 and the CCP leadership had the breathing space to reassess the global strategic situation and the potential external threats to China, it was decided to try and normalize relations with the United States. The silver ball conveys friendship, 1973 The second occasion that presented itself was the 31st World Table Tennis Championships in Nagoya, Japan, between 25 January and 3 February 1971. China had returned to playing international level table tennis at the Scandinavian Open Championship in Sweden in November 1970, marking the first time that Chinese teams faced international competition since the Cultural Revolution had started.

China had been specifically invited to attend the Nagoya meet by the organizer, the Japanese Table Tennis Association. While the PLA -dominated sports-bureaucracy hemmed and hawed, Mao signaled his approval, personally setting out the principles of participation for the Chinese team: friendship first, competition second.

The Chinese team went and acted on the following instructions: “If you meet the U.S. team do not initiate communication, but do not refuse to communicate. If you compete with the U.S. team, do not exchange flags, but shake hands instead.” During the meeting, the American and Chinese players became friends.

  1. After the Americans found out that the Chinese had invited Britain, Australia, Canada, Colombia and Nigeria to visit China after the Championships, the Chairman of the American Table Tennis Association asked whether they could visit China too.
  2. Mao agreed and within days, the era of ‘Ping-Pong diplomacy’ had started.

On 14 April 1971 the US players were received by Zhou Enlai at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The table tennis match was held in the Capital Gymnasium (or Capital Indoor Stadium), watched by an audience of 18.000 Chinese. Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, with a banner for the Afro-Asian Table Tennis Friendship Invitational Tournament (1971) This time, the hint was understood by the American government; within a matter of days, changes in US policy towards the PRC were announced, including the lifting of the trade embargo that had been in place for 21 years and a cessation of the opposition to the PRC’s attempts to regain China’s seat in the United Nations and the Security Council. Premier Zhou with athletes from Asia, Africa and Latin America, 1979 ‘Ping pong diplomacy’ was not only a means to effect a normalization of relations with the US. As strong proof of the PRC’s understanding of the use of sports as “soft power”, other countries were courted by table tennis in a similar way.

  • The resumption of diplomatic relations with Japan in 1971 can be seen as resulting from China’s participation at Nagoya.
  • In the mid-1970s, China re-established formal ties with India, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as a result of table tennis meets.
  • The international dimensions of playing ping pong strengthened its popularity in China.

When the Mass Sports Movement was inaugurated in 1972, table tennis was one of the activities included. Due to its broad player base and intensive training systems, China increasingly succeeded in dominating global table tennis. This situation did not change once China opened up to the world after 1977; indeed, with more opportunities to compete globally, more tournaments could be won. Make a good start to train the body, participate in out-of-school activities, 1982 At the same time, table tennis, while still considered one of the Chinese ‘stronghold events’, has started to lose some of its pre-eminence and popularity. Soccer (football) has emerged as an even more broadly played mass sport, while basketball has gained more and more fans among the increasingly more globalized younger generations of players and spectators.

  • As a physical activity denoting typical “Chineseness”, ping pong has been replaced on a global scale by martial arts.
  • Sports as a function of nationalism, as part of nation building, of identity formation, has made way for sports as a global business enterprise, in China as well as elsewhere.
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What do Americans call table tennis?

“Ping Pong” As Recreational, “Table Tennis” As Official Name Of The Sport – This is why most of the people use both of the terms when describing the sport. Obviously, “ping pong” is a more universal name which is why it is used more commonly. However, it is mostly recreational players and amateurs who use the term “ping pong” to describe the game – while professionals stick to “table tennis” when calling and viewing the sport (as a professional one).

  • China seems to be an exception, though, as the phrase “ping pong” is still popular for the sport.
  • The truth is, most of the recreational players don’t really care what the sport is called – they are too busy having fun.
  • Therefore, it is safe to say the sport “table tennis” in its serious and professional form, and for it to be used accordingly in all the official records.

However, the phrase “ping pong” seems to be more exciting and one that won’t offend anyone – especially not the recreational players enjoying this wonderful game.

Is table tennis good for the brain?

Health Benefits of Table Tennis Aside from being a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family and friends, table tennis also offers surprisingly great health benefits. Like most sports, table tennis offers great mind-body stimulation, aerobic exercise, and social interaction. Unlike many sports, however, the overall risk for injury with table tennis is quite low. Table Tennis Academy Near Me Some of the many health benefits of table tennis include:

Improving hand-eye coordination. An intense game of table tennis stimulates mental alertness and concentration and develops mental acuity. Improving reflexes. Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of the sport, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. It’s easy on the joints, Table tennis is the perfect choice for people who had knee surgery, history of back problems, or simply those who are tired of twisting their ankles while playing some other sports. It burns calories, Hate going to the gym? Try table tennis instead. It’s a fun & easy way to burn calories. It’s a social sport. Social interaction is very important for mental health. In a world so connected through technology, people are feeling more and more disconnected from each other. Table tennis offers you a chance to #UnPlugNPlay, step away from the screen, and bond with the person on the other side of the ping pong table. It keeps your brain sharp, Renowned physician, psychiatrist and brain imaging expert, Dr Daniel Amen, calls table tennis ” the world’s best brain sport ” because it is highly aerobic, uses both the upper and lower body, and is great for eye hand coordination and reflexes. Table tennis also utilizes many different areas of the brain simultaneously as you are tracking the ball, planning shots and strategies, and figuring out spins. Table tennis is utilized a treatment for dementia, Five years ago, the Sport and Art Educational Foundation started a table tennis therapy program, which was designed for seniors with early stage Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia. Because table tennis activates various areas of the brain simultaneously, players can stimulate their overall state of awareness. It improves balance, Staying balanced and being able to quickly change direction is key to being a good table tennis player. The more you play, the more you can improve your sense of balance.

Table tennis without risking serious injury. There a millions of serious sports-related injuries every year in the United States, but with table tennis you can get all the health benefits of an Olympic sport without risking injury. Convinced that table tennis is awesome? It’s time to grab a and #UnPlugNPlay! : Health Benefits of Table Tennis

Does table tennis build muscle?

Table tennis is an all-round sport renowned for its health benefits. Boosting concentration, sharpness, precision and even strengthening muscles, it provides both physical and mental balance that is accessible to all.

Which country is table tennis mostly played?

China – China is easily the country in which table tennis is most popular. For the past fifty years, they have become renowned for dominating world championship competitions, even winning every single gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Though China’s teams are known for being a powerhouse in such tournaments, they are also well known for producing the most successful individual players in the sport’s history.

  • Chinese player Deng Yaping even won the most professional titles of any table tennis player ever.
  • In addition to their international competitive success, China’s internal cultural obsession with table tennis has also been globally renowned.
  • In fact, one of the first attempts at diplomatic relations between the United States and China was centered on table tennis.

In 1972, table tennis players from the United States and China were exchanged as a symbol of goodwill between the two countries, an event that was so successful it is now commonly referred to as the first step of Ping Pong Diplomacy.

What is the average age of table tennis players?

The average age of singles world champion is around 23~24 and the most common age is 21.

What is the number 1 hardest sport?

Degree of Difficulty: Sport Rankings
SPORT END RANK
Boxing 8.63 1
Ice Hockey 7.25 2
Football 5.38 3

Is table tennis a nerd sport?

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Do table tennis players need to be fit?

It may surprise many people to hear that table tennis can be a very physically demanding sport. Being fit for table tennis is more important at the higher levels of competition. At all levels skill and tactics are very important, while at the advanced playing level, being physically fit may give you an edge over your opponent.

How many hours do table tennis players train?

How to get better quicker – I told you, table tennis is a tough sport to master! It takes time. But what about the outliers? Those players who have reached the “really good” standard before 5-15 years. I’m sure we all know players who seem to have progressed incredibly fast.

  • What do they do differently? Are they just naturally talented? I’m not a huge believer in the concept of “natural talent”.
  • Nobody reaches the top of their sport or profession without a huge amount of hard work.
  • From all of the coaching I do, it’s certainly true that some people have a capacity to learn quicker than others.

But nothing which I would term as “natural talent”. I think this is largely a myth. The players I see improve the quickest have three things in common.1. They practise a lot. They practise several times a week, clocking up 10-20 hours of playing table tennis week after week after week.

  • And not just any old practice.
  • They are practising with a purpose – doing drills (regular and and irregular), practising service and receive, playing matches, developing strengths and eliminating weaknesses.2.
  • They receive coaching.
  • They benefit from all of the knowledge and experience of people who have played the game for a long time at a high level.

This massively speeds up the learning process.3. They commit to playing an attacking topspin game. This is the playing style which almost all professional players use. When they reach a level of consistency with their topspin attacks, they are able to overwhelm most opponents with their relentless topspin shots.

What is the most important skill in table tennis?

Table Tennis: What’s the Most Important Table Tennis Skill to Possess? Table Tennis Academy Near Me One skill in particular is the most important table tennis skill to possess. For those of you who are new to, you may be looking for pointers on how to improve your table tennis skills. One of the most common questions beginners ask is “What’s the most important table tennis skill to have?” Well, while many think obtaining a certain spin on the ball is the most important skill when it comes to being a competent ping pong player, it actually isn’t.

  1. In fact, the most important table tennis skill is one that is quite obvious and one that most people actually know the answer to, but don’t realize it.
  2. Yes, you read that correctly.
  3. Being able to consistently hit the ping pong ball on the table tennis table is the most important table tennis skill.
  4. Once you learn how to control the ping pong ball and make sure the ping pong ball remains on the table, the rest of the game becomes easy.

When learning the game of table tennis, it is important to have your paddle facing flat towards the table tennis table and in the direction in which you want the ping pong ball to go. Once you manage to do that, you simply want to hit the ping pong ball softly and straight.

  • Often, many players just starting out hit the ping pong ball too hard, and as a result, the ping pong ball flies off the table tennis table.
  • Learning to smoothly control your stroke while you are learning is an important building block of Ping Pong.
  • As with many things, we like to stress that the key to becoming a decent table tennis player is good technique, consistency, and repetition, and if you do those three things, you’ll be on your way to being a good table tennis player.

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Is ping pong a name for table tennis?

In times when table tennis is an official sport, many people are actually wondering which name is mostly used to describe this sport. Speaking of, there are two main names that are used to describe the sport – table tennis and ping pong. However, many are shocked to discover that there is no actual difference between both ping pong and table tennis.

Why do we say ping pong and not pong ping?

Note: If you are not fascinated by the origins of the term “ping pong,” please feel free to enjoy other content on the site. Faithful readers will be aware of how we sometimes get preoccupied with subjects growing out of a film, such as how long one can survive in space without protection, or the nature of that strange particle the Q-ball (or “non-topological soliton”), or whether shaky camera styles can make you throw up.

  • The latest controversy began with my review of ” Balls of Fury,” in which I casually referred to the game of ping pong.
  • That inspired a lament from Martynas Aukstuolis of Chicago, who was offended by my describing his beloved table tennis with the offensive term ping pong.
  • I am very sad to see you trapped by your own ignorance,” he concluded.

Not so fast there, Mr. Aukstuolis!. On Sept 21, the Answer Man published a letter from Nic Hautamaki, Harbin, China, who wrote in part: “Ping pong is most certainly not an offensive term for the sport. It is derived from ‘ping pang qiu’ in Mandarin Chinese (same pronunciation) which translates literally to “ping pong ball.” In other words, Ping Pong is the correct, Mandarin Chinese name for the sport.

  1. If any term should be considered offensive or dismissive, it’s table tennis!” Not so fast there, Mr.
  2. Hautamaki! Now the Answer Man has to contend with several more attempts to settle the question.
  3. Enneth Matis, Beijing, China: “As someone who lives in China and has an obsessive need to correct facts, I need to take issue with Nic Hautamaki’s statement that ping pong is derived from Mandarin.

According to Online Etymology Dictionary ping pong comes from the sound the ball makes when it hits the paddle. (See http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=ping-pong,) The Mandarin word probably comes from the English.” Bradford Tuckfield, Austin TX: “Your reader Nic Hautamaki writes that “ping-pong” is not an offensive term because it “is derived from ‘ping pang qiu'” in Chinese.

  1. In fact the Chinese equivalent is merely an accurate transliteration of the English colloquial term (imitative of the sound of the ball’s collisions) found in use more than 100 years before ping-pong was exported to Asia around 1926.
  2. I don’t personally think the term is offensive even though it has always been unofficial (compared to “Table Tennis” which also etymologically predates Chinese involvement with the sport).

However anyone familiar with the sport’s history will realize that the Chinese were late-comers fortunate to already have the characters to write the English onomatopoetic cognates. Its offensiveness, therefore, can only be judged on other criteria such as its colloquiality.” Arsen Azizyan, New Haven CT: “As a Chinese major in college who has spent two years in Beijing, I am compelled to correct Nic Hautamaki’s linguistic note.

  1. The term “ping-pong” is, in fact, an onomatope which originated in England, where the sport was invented (a more anemic alternative, now thankfully lapsed, was “whiff-whaff”).
  2. The Chinese word “ping-pang” was borrowed from the English, not vice versa – although Mr.
  3. Hautamaki’s confusion is understandable, given that the Chinese invented two new characters for the term, both intentional mutations of a pre-existing, phonetically similar character (pronounced “bing”).
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If any of your readers had doubts as to the practical usefulness of a college education, surely my letter has helped to reinforce them.’ Jake Jacobs, Singapore: “Your correspondent is somewhat misinformed. “Ping pang qiu” came from English, not the other way around.

Parker Brothers trademarked the onomatopoetic term back in 1900, and early usage goes back to 1823. The pivot of the Chinese term is “qiu” which means ball, and the “ping pang” is a phonetic copy of “ping-pong.” Your earlier correspondent’s nose was out of joint because a sport (table tennis) which he takes seriously doesn’t get much respect.” Barton Odom, McKinney TX: “Since you asked, the difference between Ping-Pong and table tennis is not in the rules but is analogous to that between touch football and the NFL (or between backyard and tournament badminton).

A friendly game of batting a ball back and forth bears little resemblance to the hard hitting (the ball does indeed move as fast as a quark, and with uncanny spin), quick moving game played in tournaments. Table tennis requires almost preternatural hand-eye coordination and a great deal of running with instant changes of direction.

Is a table tennis ball a ping pong ball?

Table Tennis Balls (Ping pong balls) are spherical polymer balls fabricated specifically for the sport, Ping pong balls are colored as either white or orange depending on the table surface and game style. White balls are official tournament balls and pair well with blue or green tables, while orange balls are used for casual games as they are easier to see in most settings.

  1. Table tennis balls are rated with a star system to denote quality— one star being the softest and easiest to break while three stars is the most durable and approved for tournament play.
  2. The official table ping pong ball has changed over the years from a composition of celluloid to polymer and from a size of 1.5″ (38 mm) to 1.57″ (40 mm).

Ping-Pong Balls, or Table Tennis Balls, have a diameter of 1.57″ (40 mm) and circumference of 4.94″ (125.6 mm). The mass of a Ping-Pong Ball is,095 oz (2.7 g). Table Tennis Balls (Ping pong balls) are spherical polymer balls fabricated specifically for the sport, Ping pong balls are colored as either white or orange depending on the table surface and game style. White balls are official tournament balls and pair well with blue or green tables, while orange balls are used for casual games as they are easier to see in most settings. Ping-Pong Balls, or Table Tennis Balls, have a diameter of 1.57″ (40 mm) and circumference of 4.94″ (125.6 mm). The mass of a Ping-Pong Ball is,095 oz (2.7 g). Upgrade to Pro Renew Pro Table Tennis Academy Near Me

What are the two other names for table tennis?

Like many other sports, Table Tennis began as a mild social diversion. It was probably played with improvised equipment in England, during the last quarter of the 19th century. Though Table Tennis evolved, along with Badminton and Lawn Tennis, from the ancient game of Tennis (also known as Jeu de Paume, Real tennis, Court Tennis or Royal Tennis), the game was developed after Lawn Tennis became popular in the 1880s. Table Tennis Academy Near Me Ancient woodcut showing jeu de paume game, published in 1576. ITTF Museum The earliest surviving action game of Tennis on a table is a set made by David Foster, patented in England in 1890 (No.11037): Parlour Table Games, which included table versions of Lawn Tennis, Cricket and Football. Lithograph segment, earliest known action game of tennis on a table: David Foster (ENG) 1890. One of 2 known examples. Foster’s rules, found at Cambridge University by Steve Grant (USA). The rules are very brief (unlike those for the companion games of table cricket and football). Note rule 3, which mentions ‘Table Tennis’. Steve also discovered that Foster patented his game compendium in Canada. Table Tennis Academy Near Me Lawn Tennis board game by Singer (USA), another indication that the sport was very popular in the 1880s ITTF Museum. Renowned researcher Alan Duke (ENG) recently discovered an English patent by Ralph Slazenger, No.3156, dated 26 June 1883 (and likely months developing the idea before filing the Application), for improved nets for games.

The patent describes net post mechanisms, with this important statement: “This arrangement is adapted for ordinary lawn tennis, and for a modified game to be played indoors, say upon a billiard or dining table. In the latter case the poles are supported in brackets clamped to the table and the ends of the cord may be clamped by the cam arrangement, or fastenend under the table, or weighted.” Duke correctly concludes that this “quite possibly is now the earliest known reference to a table version of tennis (and, importantly, accurately dated).” However, no evidence has been found that such a game was developed at that time.

Steve Grant ( Ping Pong Fever, 2012, USA) found mention of one James Devonshire (ENG), who John Jaques claimed invented Table Tennis in a 1901 interview published in The Echo, Subsequently Alan Duke found in The Official Journal of the Patent Office that:

Devonshire applied for a Patent on October 9, 1885 for his “Table Tennis”. The Nov.24, 1885 issue of the Journal shows Provisional Specifications were accepted In January 1887 the Application is listed as Abandoned. Once again no evidence of Devonshire’s game, nor advertisement has been found; quite likely it was never put into production.One feasible scenario is that Jaques paid Devonshire for his idea, ultimately becoming the basis for Jaques’ Gossima, released in 1891. However, the lengthy time factor is a concern, as mentioned by renowned Jaques authority Michael Thomson (SCO).The 1887 catalog of George S. Parker (USA) includes an entry for “Table Tennis: This game is laid out like a Lawn Tennis court, played and counted just the same, all the rules being observed.” However, this was a board and dice game by J.H. Singer (NY), whose name also appears on the catalog.

Rare board & dice game, “Table Tennis” by J.H.Singer 1887. Earliest production use of the name Table Tennis. ITTF Museum One year later famous game makers Jaques of London released their GOSSIMA game. This game borrowed the drum style battledores from the Shuttlecock game, and used a 50mm webbed wrapped cork ball, with an amazing 30cm high net that was secured by a belt-like strap under the table. Jaques (ENG) GOSSIMA, 1891, with 50mm ball, 30cm high net, vellum drum rackets. The white belt was used to secure the large wood net fixtures to the table. ITTF Museum Neither of these action games were successful, due to the ineffective ball: the rubber ball had too wild a bounce, while the cork ball had too poor a bounce.

Jaques continued to advertise Gossima throughout the 1890s, but it was not until c.1900, when the celluloid ball was introduced to the game, that the concept of tennis on a table became successful. Steve Grant has traced the name Ping Pong to an 1884 song by Harry Dacre. The distinct sound of the celluloid ball bouncing off the drum rackets quickly led to the use of the same name.

This can still be demonstrated today using the antique rackets! As the name Ping Pong caught on, Jaques changed the name of his game to “Gossima or Ping Pong” and soon afterward, to “Ping Pong or Gossima”. Ultimately the name Gossima was dropped. The game quickly caught on with the public, marketed under many different names:

Ping Pong or Gossima Ping Pong Table Tennis Whiff Waff Parlour Tennis Indoor Tennis Pom-Pom Pim-Pam Netto Clip-Clap Royal Game Tennis de Salon and others.

Gradually the two most popular names prevailed: Ping Pong, and Table Tennis. However, these competing names caused some problems, as two associations were formed, and with different rules for the game some confusion resulted. Ping Pong was trademarked in 1900 by Hamley Brothers in England, and soon afterwards Hamleys became “jointly concerned” with Jaques.

They rigorously enforced the Ping Pong trademark, requiring use of their Ping Pong equipment in Ping Pong tournaments and clubs. Parker Brothers, who acquired the American rights to the name Ping Pong, similarly enforced the trademark. Eventually it became clear that for the sport to move forward, the commercial ties had to be severed.

Timeline of Table Tennis Milestones with thanks to the late Ron Crayden (ENG) and his book, The Story of Table Tennis – the first 100 years with updates by the ITTF Museum

1880s Adaptation of lawn tennis to the dining table with improvised equipment
1883 6.26 Slazenger patent, nets for games, mentions tennis on a table
1885 James Devonshire (ENG) granted provisional patent for his “Table Tennis”, abandoned 1887.1
1890s Several patents registered in England and the USA Earliest surviving action game of table tennis: David Foster’s Parlour Table Games, England 1890 Sets produced under trade names such as Gossima, and Indoor Tennis, with Lawn Tennis style rules
1900 Introduction of celluloid balls to replace rubber and cork ones. The celluloid ball had the perfect bounce, and the game became a huge success
1901 Table Tennis Association and rival Ping Pong Association formed in England; amalgamated in 1903 First books on the game published in England The game is introduced in China via western settlements & trade missions
1904 Ping Pong craze fades, some pockets of popularity in eastern Europe continue
1922 Revival of the game in England & Europe, though laws varied. Establishment of standard laws of the game in England
1926 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) initiated in Berlin First World Championships held in London, England. ITTF Constitution adopted, along with first set of standardized Laws. Ivor Montagu (ENG) elected Chairman
1920s – 1950 Classic Hard Bat Era (European Dominance)
1926– 1931 Maria Mednyanszky (HUN) wins the World Championships five times consecutively. Mednyanszky wins 18 gold medals over-all
1930– 1935 Victor Barna (HUN) becomes five times world champion. Barna wins a record 22 gold medals at world championships during his career, 40 medals overall
1936 Tenth World Championships held in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The longest rally took place, the first point taking over two hours due to pushing style play.
1937 A lowering of the net to 6 inches (15.24cm) encouraged more attacking style, and time limits imposed on matches. Both women singles finalists defaulted at the World Championships due to misunderstanding about time limit law. Ruth Aarons (USA) & Trude Pritzi (AUT) declared co-champions in 2001.
1939 First World Championship held outside Europe: Cairo, Egypt
1940- 1946 Due to World War II the ITTF suspended activities, & no World Championships were held
1943 First Continental Federation founded December 12: South American Confederation.
1947 ITTF resumes activity; World Championships held in Paris, but Richard Bergmann (ENG), defending World Singles Champion, not allowed to participate by Montagu due to Bergmann accepting money for exhibition play during War years without official permission.
1950– 1955 Angelica Rozeanu-Adelstein (ROU) wins the World Championships six times in a row and is the last non Asian to win the female singles title until today.1950: Bergmann wins 4th World Singles title
1950s Age of Sponge Bat and Technology (Beginning of Asian Dominance)
1952 Nineteenth World Championships held in Bombay, India the first to be staged in Asia. Japan’s entry to the international scene Hiroji Satoh (JPN) became the first player to win a World Championship when using a racket covered with thick sponge and is the first non-European winner. Inauguration of the Asian Federation & First Asian Federation Championships
1953 China entered the World Championships for the first time. Thick sponge bat causes major controversies for the next several years.
1954 Ichiro Ogimura (JPN) is the epitome of Japanese dominance with technological development and physical training
1956 Tomie Okada-Okawa (JPN) is the first female player from Asia to win the World Championships and stops the European reign on world’s female table tennis.
1957 World Championship changes to a two-year cycle
1958 First European Championships, Budapest, Hungary. The USSR made their entry to the international scene
1959 Rong Guotuan (CHN) is the first Chinese world champion in any sport. Racket standardization laws enacted
1960 1st Paralympic Games in Rome, included Table Tennis
1962 First All-Africa Championships, Alexandria, Egypt
1967 Ivor Montagu retired as President of the ITTF after forty years in office. Swaythling Club International founded, Victor Barna President.
1971 First Commonwealth Championships held in Singapore Ping Pong Diplomacy: table tennis played an important role in international diplomacy when several teams were invited to China for a series of friendship matches after the 1971 World Championships. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai : “Your visit to China has opened the door for people-to-people exchanges between China and the USA.”
1971 Stellan Bengtsson (SWE) wins the men’s singles title and heralds the start of three decades of Swedish influence, with top players such as Kjell Johansson, Mikael Appelgren, Erik Lindh, Jan-Ove Waldner, Jörgen Persson, and Peter Karlsson.
1973 First World University Championships held in Hanover, Germany
1977 ITTF received formal declaration of its recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
1979 First European Championships for Paraplegics (wheelchair players) held in Stoke Mandeville, England
1980 First World Cup held in Hong Kong
1981 World Championships held in Nova Sad, Yugoslavia. Total triumph for China, whose athletes win all of the seven gold medals Table tennis admitted to the Olympic programme (84th session IOC)
1982 First World Veterans’ Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden. First World Championships for the disabled held in Stoke Mandeville, England
1985 European Youth Championships held in The Hague, Holland
Modern Olympics Era (Chinese Reign with few exceptions)
1988 For the very first time, table tennis was featured in the Olympic Games, held in Seoul, South Korea
1991 A United North & South Korea team won the Corbillon Cup at the World Championships in Chiba, Japan
1992 Former World champion, Jan-Ove Waldner (SWE) became Olympic singles champion and reputedly, the first table tennis millionaire
1995 World Championships held in Tianjin, China. Total triumph for China for the second time, winning seven gold medals
1996 Beginning of the ITTF Pro Tour, with events taking place worldwide
2000 After the Olympics in Sydney, the ball size is increased to 40mm for improved television viewing
2001 Game score changed from 21 to 11 points World Championships held in Osaka, Japan. Total triumph for China for the third time, winning all of the seven gold medals
2002 Implementation of the ITTF World Junior Circuit (U18) and World Cadet Challenge (U15 continental team competition)
2003 First ITTF World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile Team Championships separated from individual events, held in alternate years
2004 During the Olympic Games in Athens, Table Tennis ranked 5th among all sports for television viewing audience
2005 World Championships held in Shanghai, China. Total triumph again for China, winning all of the five gold medals.
2006 World Championships held in Bremen, Germany. The Chinese athletes complete the collection with two gold medals in the team events
2007 World Championships held in Zagreb, Croatia. Total triumph number five for China, winning all of the five gold medals First appearance of table tennis as a compulsory sport at the Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand
2008 China sweeps the Team championships in Guangzhou China wins all the Gold at the Beijing Olympic Games
2010 Table Tennis is part of the first Youth Olympic Games
2012 China wins World Team Golds and all the Gold medals at the London Olympic Games, and 24 of a possible 28 Golds in 7 Olympic Games. Persson (SWE), Primorac (CRO) and J-M Saive (BEL) participated in all 7 Olympic Games.
2016 Plastic balls used at World Championships & Olympics The Chinese again win all 4 Olympic Gold medals, and overall 28 of 32 Olympic Golds since 1988