What You Need To Play Like the Pros

In table tennis videos, the ultimate player is fast. His serve strikes the table with the most precision. Upon receipt of the ball, he returns it at a speed so high that it’s barely seen crossing the net. His opponent tries to make him run for the ball, but the player is so light on his feet, he seems to just glide from end to end. All the while he never takes his eyes off of the tiny little ball. He just moves like a leopard: stealthy, quick, always in control. You can perform just like him, with not just the right amount of practice, but with the right equipment. Typical table tennis equipment consists of a blade and rubber, which are both part of the racquet, a ball, a table, a net, and of course, good shoes.

Although racquet seems like a silly term to use, since we often associate those with having a net, that’s what it is most often called. In the United States, though, most players call it a paddle. The wooden part of the racquet is called the blade. It can be made of wood, cork, Kevlar, or any number of things. It’s about six and a half inches long and six inches wide. The other part of the racquet is the rubber. If you’re customizing your own racquet, you can choose from either pimpled rubber or inverted rubber. Pimpled rubber features little dots that stick out from the rubber itself. Inverted rubber is just pimpled rubber upside down. It’s recommended that starting out, players use the inverted style.

You’ve got to have something to hit with your racquet, so you’ll need to buy balls! You’ll see different colors in table tennis videos but it doesn’t matter what color yours are since you’re just starting out. You’ll want to make sure you always pick them up when they hit the floor and keep them away from water.

Next up is the table. It should be nine feet long, five feet wide and complete with a six inch tall net.

It’s also important to have proper shoes for table tennis play. You’ll be standing on your feet and moving around, so good, comfortable shoes are a must. Shoe manufacturers like Adidas, Asics, and Puma even offer some more versatile shoes that can you can use at and away from the table. Now, get ready to play!