How to Serve a Ping Pong Ball like a Pro

Official ping pong serving rules

Rules / August 4, 2017

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What is the difference between pingpong and table tennis?

Jackie Rigley, Ilkeston Derbyshire

  • In pingpong the ball must bounce on your side of the table before going over the net after you hit it. It is this extra bounce that gives the game the onomatopoeic name of pingpong. Apart from this the game is identical to table tennis.

    Geoff Badgerton, Howtown England

  • Ping Pong was the name given to the game when it was played by gentlemen and ladies. Now it is a competitive sport it has to have a more catchy name but the rules are still the same.

    Jack Hill, St Albans England

  • In table tennis only the serve has to hit the table on each side of the net, whereas in ping pong every shot has to hit the table on both sides of the net.

    james, london uk

  • "Ping-Pong" was the trade name for the table tennis sets originally sold to promote the game.

    Ray Mitcham, Southport UK

  • The relative seriousness of the participants.

    Glenn Oliver, Ashbourne UK

  • James Thurber pointed out that ping-pong backwards, gnop-gnip, sounds much more like a game of table tennis.

    Angus, Perth Western Australia

  • Table tennis and ping pong are exactly the same game (none of this nonsense of balls bouncing on different or both sides of table) "Ping pong" was the sound that the ball made when the game first came about, because of the type of bat/racquet used. The "ping pong association" then tried to make EVERYONE use only THEIR equipment, and after a period of time a different association was created, called the "table tennis association". Rules are the same For more:- -25477, 00.html

    Ciaran, Derry NI

  • The official ball size for ping pong is 25mm in diameter. The official ball size of table tennis is 27mm in diameter.

    Geoffrey Wellington, Sydney Australia

  • Official ping pong balls are slightly larger than table tennis balls. Ping pong = 3.7mm in diameter, while table tennis = 3.4mm diameter.

    Louise Smitherson, Brighton, England

  • According to the Columbus Table Tennis Club President, Greg Brendon, the most notable difference between the two games is as follows: ping pong paddles (also called bats) do not contain a sponge-like material between the wood and the outermost layer and are referred to as "pips out" because of their knobby texture on the outermost surface. This sponge like material, along with the inversion of the rubber on the outside of the bat is what makes table tennis a game where the spin placed on the ball is a more relevant factor. Table tennis is the most current of the two games. However, some players still play with hard paddles (aka hard bats) which can make for a challenging variation for newer players who are not used to playing against it as the spin factor is altered by the pips.

    Jeremy Cadwell, Dublin...

Source: www.theguardian.com