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What is the proper grip of the paddle? Table Tennis USA
 
What size room is needed for table tennis? Table Tennis USA
 
Making concrete tables Table Tennis USA
 
Questions on ping-pong Table Tennis USA
 
Is there an advantage in serving? Table Tennis Service USA
 
Can you stand to the side to receive the ball? Table Tennis USA
 
More players caused rule changes Basketball Rule Changes USA
 
Looking for concrete ping-pong tables Table Tennis USA
 
What if the ball nicks the very edge of the table? Table Tennis USA
 
Concerning a concrete ping-pong table Table Tennis USA
 
On hitting a long ball in the air Table Tennis USA
 
Wants sandpaper ping pong paddles Table Tennis USA
 
Where the hell is Dominique Wilkins? Top 50 NBA USA
 
Can I return the ball in the air in a volley? Table Tennis USA
 
Comments on top NBA players All-time NBA USA
 

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Table Tennis

What is the proper grip of the paddle?

December 2, 2007

Question

what is considered the proper grip of the paddle?
thanks
steve

- USA (14895)

Answer

There are two major grips, the shakehand and penhold grips. Most players from Asian countries use the penhold, while Americans use the shakehand.

A good site with basic pictures on grips is at: http://www.ttnewgrip.com/

More extensive material is at: http://tabletennis.about.com/od/griptypes/Grip_Types.htm, if you can weed through all the advertisements.

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Table Tennis

What size room is needed for table tennis?

November 27, 2007

Question

I was wondering what size room do you believe i should have to be able to play table tennis effectively? Of course i would be purchasing a 9x5 table.

Jonathan - USA (14868)

Answer

I've played in a room that was 15 feet long, so it had about 3 feet of room behind each end of the table. It was acceptable, although somewhat cramped. I think a 20 foot length room would give you plenty of room for active play.

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Table Tennis

Making concrete tables

July 9, 2007

Question

Regarding alejandro from miami who wrote in regarding concrete ping pong tables. I am pre-cast fabricator and designe in california researching the feasability of making a few of these and came across the his letter on your site. I plan on constructing a couple prototypes using a very advanced mix design that produces exteremely stong concrete and has exteremely good stain and graffiti resistance. interested persons please feel free to get in touch with me jbatesc6@hotmail.com or if possible, could someone put me in touch with these guys? I to was inspired to look into this by the many found throughout europe, and thanks to many advances in mix design I feel much better and more appealing versions could be very feesable aditions to public areas. cheers, joe bates

Joseph - USA (14045)

Answer

I am sure that many people will be glad to be able to get concrete ping pong tables for their facilities and parks. I'll post your offer.

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Table Tennis

Questions on ping-pong

June 4, 2007

Question

Hi,
I am doing a school project and I'm doing it on ping-pong. To do the project I must write questions and find answers to them. Here are the ones I need help on, What are the paddles and balls made of? How do you hold the paddles? How and where did it originate? and What equipment is needed? I need this info A.S.A.P. because we need to finish the essay on the 9th. Thanks for your help! Please hurry!

Nicolette - USA (13878)

Answer

You can find some information from the Official Ping Pong / Table Tennis rules at http://www.usatt.org/rules/index.shtml

2.03 The Ball: The ball shall be spherical, with a diameter of 40mm. The ball shall weigh 2.7g. The ball shall be made of celluloid or similar plastics material and shall be white or orange, and matt.

2.04 The Racket: The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid. At least 85% of the blade by thickness shall be of natural wood; an adhesive layer within the blade may be reinforced with fibrous material such as carbon fiber, glass fiber or compressed paper, but shall not be thicker than 7.5% of the total thickness or 0.35mm, whichever is the smaller. A side of the blade used for striking the ball shall be covered with either ordinary pimpled rubber, with pimples outwards having a total thickness
including adhesive of not more than 2mm, or sandwich rubber, with pimples inwards or outwards, having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 4mm.

There are several grips used in table tennis. See: http://www.usatt.org/index.shtml for more about the game.

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Table Tennis Service

Is there an advantage in serving?

December 6, 2006

Question

Is there an advantage associated with serving in table tennis? Is there any data to support the answer? I hope you can help me with this question.

Thanks

Reza - USA (12564)

Answer

In every racquet sports, such as tennis racquetball, and table tennis, the server is at an advantage. The reason is because the server can set up the ball and aim it to a position that is hard to return.

The person returning the ball must be able to react quickly to hit it effectively.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen any studies or research that would support that fact.

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Table Tennis

Can you stand to the side to receive the ball?

October 28, 2006

Question

When you are serving to another person in a game of doubles does that person have to stand behind the table or can that person stand slightly in front of the table to the side

- USA (12252)

Answer

The person can stand to the side, but it is easy to then serve the ball near the center line out of his reach.

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Basketball Rule Changes

More players caused rule changes

October 16, 2006

Question

There should be more players in the sport of college basketball that caused rule changes. I beleive Ralph Sampson was one as well as Sam Worthen of marquette.

- USA (12172)

Answer

I'm not sure what rule Sampson cause to be changed. Also, I'm familiar with most players from Marquette. When did Sam Worthen play there?

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Table Tennis

Looking for concrete ping-pong tables

September 10, 2006

Question

I am writing in response to your reply to the writer from Miami, FL, who wanted to install one or more concrete tables in a public park. You replied that concrete tables are not standard, and therefore should not even be considered for purchase. I recently moved from Germany, where concrete table tennis tables are in every public park and school yard. I would, as the other writer, like to find a company who could install a permanent table for a public park, or in my case a university campus. Most important (more so even than official table tennis regulations) is that the table should last for at least 5 years and be installed permanently, where it could not be stolen or moved. I found plenty of sites advertising such tables on German web sites, but not a single one which ships or sells to America. Any help? PS - as long as the table(s) meet the aformentioned criteria, the material they are made of doesn't matter.

Brian - USA (11892)

Answer

The USA Table Tennis Association does not recommend concrete tables, but they also have a section on "basement table tennis" where the rules of play are quite flexible. So, I don't see why such a table wouldn't be acceptable, provided it had a good surface on it.

I've seen a number of German websites mentioning concrete ping pong tables, so using them must be popular there. But I really haven't seen any companies offering them in the US. I remember years ago seeing concrete tables in a park, but I have seen any since.

I think it would be a good idea to have permanent tables for the kids to use. If you find out about someone who makes such tables, let me know and I will pot the information.

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Table Tennis

What if the ball nicks the very edge of the table?

September 10, 2006

Question

This is something that has been bugging me for a long time. If the ball knicks the very edge of the table, does it count? I hear that if it hits the edge and does not bounce up, and continues going down, it is out. It is only in if it hits the edge and bounces up first. Is this true? What is the OFFICIAL rule?

- USA (11893)

Answer

The official table tennis rules of the USA Table Tennis Association www.usatt.org only states that the ball must hit the table. In a tournament, it would be very difficult for a judge to determine if the ball just nicked the edge or bounced up slightly. As long as there is the noise of it hitting the table, it should count.

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Table Tennis

Concerning a concrete ping-pong table

July 17, 2006

Question

Hello:

I live in Miami and I am trying to get the Miami-Dade county Parks and Recreation Department to have some concrete table tennis built in some of the parks. In order to do this, I have been looking for companies that make them and/or places in the US that have them already. I read the comment of one of the readers indicating he plays on a concrete table tennis in a park. I would like to know if anybody can tell me of a company I can recommend to the Parks department so they take the idea into consideration. That way, I could see this sport being better promoted here in South Florida as well as practicing one of my favorite sports. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and regards,

Alejandro - USA (11492)

Answer

One problem is that the Table Tennis rules specifically forbid a table tennis top made of concrete. It has to be made of wood, otherwise the whole game changes. A big problem with standard tables in parks or recreation centers is that people sit on the table, causing damage. Also, if it is outside, rain may cause the table to warp.

A good solution would be a concrete platform--even made of cinder blocks--with a wooden top firmly attached. Plywood could be used and ready-made table tops are available for around $30. In that way, the cost would not be too much for the Parks Dept. but still, you will probably have to go through a lot of red tape to get the project going.

As far as a concrete table goes, I don't know who would made them.

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Table Tennis

On hitting a long ball in the air

May 15, 2006

Question

Sir,
In reference to question "Ball is long and is hit" - It is A's responsibility to hit B's side of the table or he loses!!! If A's ball goes flying so as to miss B's end of the table, he loses the point!!! Otherwise - B would have to chase A's wild balls across the room and B's trying to stop A's wild balls with his paddle would lose the point. Sorry, A loses each time he misses the B's end of the table.

Billy - USA (11119)

Answer

Thanks for the feedback on that issue. The biggest problem is when B purposely hits the ball in the air to return it, and it is not clear whether or not the ball will be long. Returning the ball in that manner before it hits the table is a lost point. But just stopping a shot obviously long is OK. In non-tournament play, you can get into some arguments about this.

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Table Tennis

Wants sandpaper ping pong paddles

May 14, 2006

Question

I love sandpaper paddles. I have several of them and play them them every single day for about 2 or 3 hours. However, sandpaper paddles are very hard to find. What type of sandpaper is used on sandpaper paddles and what is a company that makes a similar type of sandpaper? Please let me know a.s.a.p! Thank you!

Andrew - USA (11107)

Answer

I guess you could glue on a fine sandpaper, but you might get lumps. It is probably better to buy them online:

http://www.wolverinesports.com/tabletop3.html sells them for about $2 each.

http://www.robbinstabletennis.com/prodrec.htm sells them for $5 each.

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Top 50 NBA

Where the hell is Dominique Wilkins?

May 3, 2006

Question

Where the hell is Dominique Wilkins? Why isn't he among the NBA's top 50 players of all time?

- USA (11013)

Answer

I agree that he was a great player. The list was made by sports announcers, and I don't agree with many of their selections and those omitted from their list.

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Table Tennis

Can I return the ball in the air in a volley?

March 29, 2006

Question

Can i return a ball during a volley in the air.In other words..acn i hit the ball in the air...before it hits mt side of the table...Thank you

lorenzo - USA (10680)

Answer

No, the ball should it the table before you can return it. What is real bad is if the ball would be so high that it wouldn't even hit the table and you hit it in the air. You would lose the point, even if the ball was out.

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All-time NBA

Comments on top NBA players

March 25, 2006

Question

This is a great web site! They have the NBA's top 50 all over the internet, but I've never seen players broken down by position like this before.

I have a few questions. First, at center I noticed that you rated Kareem higher than Shaq. I think that's fair, but let me ask you, what would Shaq have to do in the remainder of his career to be ranked higher than Kareem?

At guard, wasn't Oscar Robertson a point guard? If so, how would your top 3 PG and SG change?

I have a slight disagreement with you that Dr J was better than Bird, but that's a matter of opinion. But I do have to ask, if you chose a top 3 PF of all time, what would that list look like? Mine would be Duncan, Petit and Malone, in that order.

Last one. What would be your all-time NBA defensive team? I've got Russel at C, Jordan at SG and Rodman at PF (those are the easy ones). I threw Pippen and Gary Payton in at SF and PG, but I didn't know enough about the old timers to give a fair vote.

Again, great site! I'd like to know what your answers to my questions would be.

Thanks,
Tom Hall
NJ

Tom - USA (10610)

Answer

Shaq is certainly the dominate center today, but his numbers have never been all that good, especially considering there are no other really good centers to go up against. Kareem stood up well against Wilt, who was rated as the physically strongest player in the NBA at the time. It would be an interesting match-up between Kareem and Shaq.

In reality, I prefer not to have active players on the all-time list. Time Duncan will have to wait, but he certainly rates among the top.

After Oscar Robertson started playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, Guy Rodgers was the point guard. Actually, in those days they didn't think in terms of point guard and shooting guard.

Dr. J certainly was more sensational that Larry Bird, but I think Bird played more of a full game. It is close between the two. Bird was a competitor but not a very good sport.

Karl Malone is also worthy of getting listed. The page on the top-50 NBA players lists many of the greats. Both this list and the top-50 need to be updated with many of the recent players who have retired. I think that some of the old-timers may not even make the NBA with the athleticism of the present players.

Your all-defensive list looks good.

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