Table Tennis balls become firmer the higher the star rating, giving them more speed, agility, and better performance.
Thinner blade (5 ply) = Great for all-round play (50 / 70).
Thicker blade (7-9 ply) = Great for faster, offensive play and provides extra strength. Material = Plastic handles can be cost-saving and weatherproof, but don’t provide the quality needed to play at training or advanced level.
Thinner sponge = Gives players more control but less speed.
Thicker sponge = More speed but less control.
Pimples out = Gives players more control, but less spin.
Pimples in = Generate more spin, but less control.
The thicker the table, the more bounce, allowing faster and livelier play. Thinner table surfaces, up to 20 mm, are adequate for a casual game but will not suffice for a higher level of performance, competitions and beyond. If a good level of training is required, a surface depth of 22-30 mm is recommended.
The first thing to consider when selecting a table will be the space you have and where you would like your students to play. Will the game be played indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both? If you plan on playing indoors with the odd day in the sun, you will not necessarily need to purchase a weather-resistant, outdoor specific, table.
The ITTF Regulations for room space state that you are required a minimum of 5 ft at each end of the table where your players will be, plus 3 ft on both sides equalling 19×11 sq ft of clear space.
The Space Saver
Many table tennis tables will fold up. If transportability is essential, you will need to look for a table that can be folded away easily, is small in size, wheelable and potentially splits into two. A rollaway style table folds in two halves and is mounted on wheels for quick and easy portability; ideal for school use when managing diverse timetables.
The International Table Tennis Federation recommends a full sized table Full size: 152.5cm (W) x 274cm (L) x 76cm (H) as seen above.
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