Table Tennis Rocks!

Paul Butters By Paul Butters, 2nd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1yhexb37/
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Yes, Table Tennis Rocks! You’d better believe it. It is a much better sport than most people realise. Much under-rated. It’s about time this changed. Viva Table Tennis!

A Great Game!

Table Tennis Rocks! At its best the game is lightning fast, played by extremely fit athletes. I call it “the beautiful game”, which it truly is.
The average American calls it Ping Pong, rather like the Chinese name of "Ping Pang", but their better players call it Table Tennis like we British.

Such a technical game

Table tennis is highly technical. Players produce a whole range of spins: loop (topspin), chop (backspin), and sidespin. Indeed both loop and chop can be mixed with side, just like in snooker or pool. Players can disguise these spins too, and use special rackets which basically do "dummy" spin shots! It’s like cricket with the spin-bowlers on all the time.
The ball can be hit or "killed" really hard in table tennis. Some player-movements resemble karate. Maybe that's why the Chinese and Japanese love the game. You can really get a sweat on playing it. Even out of breath.

A vastly under-rated sport

Table Tennis must be the most under-rated individual sport in the world. True, we play in league "teams" but we don't pass to one another like in football or even volleyball. Yet our matches are every bit as gladiatorial as those of tennis or even boxing. The other day I thought to myself that instead of writing how to loop the loop near a quantum singularity, maybe I ought to just straight promote this lovely game.

It annoys me that Table Tennis tournaments are only shown in the UK on Eurosport if we are lucky. When I visited The Army once (at Harrogate) I was appalled to hear they classed it not as a sport but as a hobby! I’m afraid generally table tennis is seen as a minority “minor” game. If only people knew... It is a great game, and most addictive!

There have been some great players around in recent years, especially amongst the men. Wang Hao (China), Timo Boll (Germany), Ma Lin (China), Jan-Ove Waldner (Sweden), and Paul Drinkhall (England) spring to mind.

How and where to start

Check it out: maybe there is a table tennis club near you that you can join! Most cities, towns and large villages have well organised leagues. Table tennis used to be played a lot in Youth Clubs, but these days your local league Secretary or committee member (or coach) is the best place to start. A league might be one big club, or an amalgamation of clubs and teams. The first thing you will notice is that players are having a lot of fun. The social aspect is very important. For example, both Grimsby and Keighley Leagues run a Thursday morning Practice in a more or less central club. For the more competitive, there is a ladder of league divisions to climb. Ultimately that can lead onto County matches, National League and national ranking tournaments. Many competitions cover specific age ranges and genders: youth, cadet, veterans. Not to forget Doubles competitions. But if you prefer to just have fun, that’s fine too.

Paul Butters

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Beautiful Game, Getting Started, Great Players, Like Karate, Local Leagues, Table Tennis, Under Rated Sport

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author avatar Paul Butters
I am a Writer. Freelance in that I am not employed any more, being retired. I can write more than ever now. Academically I have a B.Ed. Honours Degree in English Literature from Leeds (Huddersfield) University. Taught Secondary (13-18) English in the...(more)

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author avatar Paul Butters
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks for the Views everyone. Doubling by the day!
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