At one point in your life, you probably have known or have met someone who’s into Ping Pong. In fact, the love for this recreational sport is shared by many people all over the world. Be it played indoor or outdoor, standard or improvised equipment, in the name of competition or simply just for the love of the game, it is an enjoyable form of hobby, exercise, and camaraderie all in one sport. I remember Ping Pong as part of our Physical Education Curriculums in Junior and Senior High where we managed to learn the sport through lectures and practical application of what we’ve learned. I enjoyed learning and playing the game. I remember back then that the equipment we used are improvised tables, worn-out hand-me-down Ping Pong rackets/paddles, and the standard white or yellow ball. We played as singles or doubles and both times were graded. How well we do the sport comprised 20% of our overall grade for the quarter. Though not our national sport, this is how this sport was valued in our country.
As it is any other sport, the correct equipment springs to mind when searching for the perfect Ping Pong table to start with. Knowing the ABC’s of Ping Pong is an all-important step and would almost always spell the difference between playing Ping Pong just to kill time or playing Ping Pong to be good at it. If you’re aspiring for the latter, it all starts with the right table and the right equipment. Net post, paddles or rackets, and balls are important pieces as well.
Ping Pong or better known as Table Tennis is a game that takes place on a hardwood table, kind of like its home base. This game consists of two or four players hitting a ball from one end to another (the two ends are divided into two by a net post) with the use of a Ping Pong racket/paddle. While in play, the ball should at least bounce once on the other side of the net where a player would either hit or miss the ball. A point is given to the player who hits it, and no point to the player who missed it.
That being said, if you are going in it for the long haul and would want to get better in the sport at some point for personal development or to be able to compete someday, a critical detail is mandatory…TABLE SIZE AND DIMENSIONS.
PING PONG TABLE SIZE AND DIMENSIONS AS AUTHORIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL TABLE TENNIS FEDERATION (ITTF)
Ping Pong or Table Tennis is governed worldwide by an organization founded in 1926 known as the International Table Tennis Federation or ITTF. It has 226 member associations to date. The sport is guided by a special handbook containing official rules to be followed as specified by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Equipment such tables, balls, racket/paddles, net posts used in Ping Pong tournaments and Olympics are provided with standard measurements to be strictly followed by all Ping Pong/Table Tennis competition platforms. Since our subject for today is about Ping Pong tables, we will focus on that in this article.
Ping Pong table dimensions set by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) are as follows:
- LENGTH – 9 feet (2.74m)
- WIDTH – 5 feet (1.525 m)
- HEIGHT – 2 feet and 6 inches (0.76 m)
Ping Pong tables used in matches should be at standard length of 9 feet, width of 5 feet, and should be 2 feet and 6 inches in height. Just about any material used to build it is acceptable for as long as the minimum bounce requirement of 23 cm (when the ball is dropped from the height of 30 cm) is met.
PING PONG MATCH SPACE REQUIREMENT
Ping Pong match locations are given to be small with different space size requirements, so outdoor Ping Pong reviews come in handy when on the lookout for the correct Ping Pong table to purchase according to your specifications.
Below are play options and space requirements for every match-type
- International Events, World Championships, and Olympic Games – 14 m x 7 m
- Tournaments at National Level – 12 m x 6 m
- Local Tournaments or Local Leagues – 9 m x 5 m
- Coaching Purposes or Practice Play – 8.5 m x 4 m
VALUABLE TIP: PURCHASE A PING PONG TABLE ACCORDING TO THE MATCH YOU ARE PLANNING TO EXCEL IN AND CONSIDER THE SPACE REQUIREMENT ACCORDINGLY.
OTHER RECREATIONAL TABLES ON THE MARKET
First and foremost, your goal in playing the sport is key to finding the right Ping Pong/Table Tennis table to purchase. If you are still learning the sport and if it will be your very first table, try going the lower end of the market to find an affordable practice table. Keep the money you saved up and use it for a more expensive table when you or someone in the family decides to get serious and ready to play Ping Pong at state or the national level.
Also, you may need to factor in the space the equipment requires, decide whether you’ll need a permanent set up or the portable type. There are fold-up and good roller-type Ping Pong or Table Tennis tables available on the market if you’re aiming for the space-saving kind or the portable ones. It is notable to mention that not all Ping Pong or Table Tennis tables are geared towards the tournament or standard size of 9 feet and 5 inches. Some Ping Pong table manufacturers produce the 7 x 3.5 feet table which fall in the Recreational Table category. Which table to purchase is completely up to you.
In summary, getting the rightsized Ping Pong table is an important factor not to be left out in the decision-making process. Whether you are buying a Ping Pong table as means of diversion or pastime or if you are planning to one day make a name for yourself by the sport, it is a viable investment especially for you.