Senin, 22 Maret 2010

Ping Pong Tips - How o Choose The Right Ping Pong Equipments?

Ping Pong, or, as it is also known, table tennis, is played with extremely simple equipment and all two players need is a table, two rackets and a ball and they're all set to play. There are, of course, certain standards that have been devised to regulate the equipment used in Olympic level table tennis matches and these cover balls, rackets and table tennis tables.

The officially accepted size for a table tennis table is 9ft long by 5ft wide and it must stand 30 inches off the ground. The table's playing surface is usually painted a neutral color like blue or green so that the balls can be more easily seen. The table is divided into two halves both along its length and along its width. Along its length, it is divided by a net, which stands 6 inches high, which is usually kept at a very high level of tension and which separates one player's half of the table from the other's. Along its width, the table is divided by a painted white line of about an inch across and this division helps indicate the placement of a player's service. The table also comes with a white line, again of about an inch across, painted along its entire perimeter. Tables are made either of Masonite or some kind of manufactured wood, and are usually painted with a low-friction coating.

Table tennis balls are also regulated and competition level balls have to be 40mm in diameter and weigh 2.7 gram. They are usually painted white or yellow, so that they can be more easily seen, and they have a matte finish. The balls are made of a celluloid material that is filled with gas so that they have a very high bounce. There are three grades of ball, and which grade a particular ball falls in is shown by the one, two or three star symbols printed on it. A three star ball is of Olympic level match quality.

Table tennis rackets are known by several different names and so players speaking of a racket, a bat, a blade and a paddle are all talking about the same thing. 'Racket' is, however, the official term as used by the International Table Tennis Federation. Rackets are made out of laminated wood and can sometimes include high-tech components like acrylate, fiberglass and titanium. They must adhere to specific dimensions and are covered with a rubber sheet on either one or two sides. Whether a player's racket has one rubbered side or two depends on that player's individual grip and style of play. A professional player has the option of buying rackets with the rubber already attached or of gluing the rubber sheets to the racket himself. Certain types of glue can affect a ball's flight, however, and they have been banned from international competitions.

There are several types of rubber sheets that can be used on a table tennis racket, and the specific type of rubber used will influence factors like the ball's rate of flight and spin. For rackets with rubber on both sides, one side will be colored black and one red so that the opposing player, who would have inspected his opponent's racket before the match started, knows which side the ball is being played off and consequently has an idea of how the ball will react after it's hit. Types of rubber sheeting used include the Chinese inverted (increases spin), the non-Chinese inverted (less spin), the anti-spin, and the long-pipped and short-pipped sheets, which makes a ball respectively more and less susceptible to the opponent's spin rate.