Table tennis or ping pong is one of the most exciting sports for both players and spectators. The sport has its origins in England, but has soon been popularized around the world.
There are three major pieces of equipment needed:
- Paddle: Also known as the table tennis bat or racket, the paddle is made of two parts - the blade and the handle. The blade is what is used to strike the table tennis ball, and according to official regulations at least 85% needs to be made of natural wood.
- Table: The standard measurements of the table are 2.74 m length by 1.525 m width by 76 cm in height. The table is divided in half by a net 15.25 cm tall.
- Ball: Made of celluloid plastic and with a standard diameter of 40 mm, the table tennis ball should also bounce up 24-26 cm after being released from a height of 30.5 cm.
The game demands speed, dexterity and quick reactions, with a variety strategies possible from the grip to the stroke and spins used.