Table tennis is a precision sport. It requires not only skill but the right equipment as well. Table tennis equipment nowadays is not really that hard to come by. There are a lot of sporting stores that offer regulation size table tennis equipment and it’s just a matter of going there and buying the brand you like.
However, you might find to your advantage to conduct a little research yourself regarding the different brands to get the best value for your money. You need to buy shoes, clips, nets, balls, paddles and tables each one has their own characteristics.
The International Table Tennis Federation is the organization responsible in setting the standards for the table tennis sport. They set the table sizes and the designated table area measurements. The ITTF set the table size to 274 cm × 152.5 cm × 76 cm high. ITTF also set the ideal playing area measurement.
The table might be rather small but the ITTF set the playing area rather big. The organization designated a playing area of 14m long by 7m wide and 5m high from the table edge to allow players to move freely for international table tennis competitions. The organization believes that anything less could affect the player’s performance and might hinder their ability to play well.
Paddles on the other hand are generally about 10 inches long. ITTF generally leaves manufacturers or players on the type of paddle surface that they want. Most paddles are made up of a rubber surface with a spongy material sandwiched in between it and the plywood.
The thickness and the material used for the rubber and sponge determines that speed and spin of the table tennis ball. Manufacturers continue their search for the right material. The rubber surface may contain a lot of long or short pips or protrusions or even have added materials to produce that sought after antispin.
Another thing that you need to consider is shoe grip. If your shoes don’t have enough grip you may end up injuring yourself from the constant movement. However, if you have shoes that have too much grip you still would have very restrictive movement. Imagine a pair of shoes where you need to lift up every time you move. For quicker movements you really need a pair of shoes that both can slide and have good grip.
The table tennis nets are also regulation size. Nets should be not more than or less than 6 inches high. The table tennis net is tied on a both sides on a tennis clip and is strung to extend 15.25 cm or 6 inches beyond the table on each side.
A lot of manufacturers of table tennis equipment and accessories offer quality easy to assemble table tennis clips or posts. Usually these are packaged with table tennis nets and so it would be easy to buy quality posts or clips.
There are great brands out there such as the Dunlop Easyclip Table Tennis Net & Post Sets. The sets allow easy assemblage on the table making them great for schools, sports centers, and table tennis clubs.
Stiga Clipper Net and Post Set are also great pairs of table tennis net and post set. The posts and clips are ITTF approved. Other brands include Donic, Stiga, Tibhar, Joola, DHS, TMS and Andro.
However, if you still feel skeptic on a brand, you might want to get to read reviews first to make sure that you have the right brand.
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