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In the s, paddles that used a rubber sheet combined with an underlying sponge layer changed the game dramatically, [1] introducing greater spin and speed. Against good players, it may be the worst option because the opponent will counter with a loop, putting the first player in a defensive position.

How to serve in table tennis? This configuration is sometimes referred to as “traditional penhold” and is more commonly found in square-headed racket styles. Topspin is the least common type of spin to be found in service at the professional level, simply because it is much easier to attack a top-spin ball that is not moving at high speed.

Table tennis was growing in popularity by to kttf extent that tournaments were being organized, books being written on the subject, [7] and an unofficial world championship was held in Hwndbook from the original PDF on 5 April Some sections are combined into a single page as they quite short.

If a game is unfinished after 10 minutes’ play and fewer than 18 points have been scored, the expedite system is initiated. Persson is one of the three table tennis players to have competed at seven Olympic Games.

This was followed by E. From untilthese were men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. Once introduced, the expedite system remains in force until the end of the match. A common but non-sanctioned method is for the players to play the ball back and forth three times and then play out the point. This handbiok differs from speed drives in other racket sports like tennis because the racket is primarily perpendicular to the direction of the stroke and most of the energy applied to the ball results in speed rather than spincreating a shot that does not arc much, but is fast enough that it can be difficult to return.

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A few months later, the ITTF changed from a point to an point scoring system and the serve rotation was reduced from five points to twoeffective in September Aside from the initial direction change when bouncing, unless it goes out of reach, the opponent can counter with either topspin or backspin.

After the Olympics in Sydneythe ITTF instituted several rule changes that were aimed at making table tennis more viable as a televised spectator sport. Corkspin is almost always mixed with another variety of spin, since alone, it is not only less effective but also harder to produce. The use of speed glue increased the spin and speed even further, resulting in changes to the equipment to “slow the game down”.

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The ball may still be attackedhowever, and the resulting shot is called a flip because the backswing is compressed into a quick wrist action. Parker Brothers then enforced its trademark for the term in the s making the various associations change their names to “table tennis” instead of ithf more common, but trademarked, term.

The table is 2. The table tennis official rules are specified in the ITTF handbook.

The receiver must return the serve before the second bounce, or they will lose the point. A good loop drive will arc quite a bit, and once striking the opponent’s side of the table will jump forward, much like a kick serve in tennis.

If the service is “good”, then the receiver must make a “good” return by hitting the ball back before it bounces a second time on receiver’s side of the table so that the ball passes the net and touches the opponent’s court, either directly or after touching the net assembly.


Archived from the original PDF on 27 February A chop is the defensive, backspin counterpart to the offensive loop drive. Retrieved 25 June For a more comprehensive list, see List of table tennis players. Sidespin can be used effectively with a smash to alter the ball’s trajectory significantly, although most intermediate players will smash the ball with little or no spin.

The name “ping-pong” then came to describe the game played using the rather expensive Jaques’s equipment, with other manufacturers calling it table tennis.

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Women’s doubles finals, World Table Tennis Championships. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules.

Table tennis at the highest level. Adding spin onto the ball causes major changes in table tennis gameplay.


After each game, players switch sides of the table. ITTF currently includes member associations. It is possible to play defensive topspin-lobs from far behind the table, but only highly skilled players use this stroke with any ityf efficiency.

Asia-Euro Cup China vs. Ma Lin China won both the Itttf gold and the World Cup, but lost three times, in, and in the finals of the World Championships. Traditional penhold Ryu Seung-min. Archived from the original PDF on 31 March Retrieved from ” https: A push resembles a tennis slice: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This may come to your advantage, as the opponent may not expect this.