Table Tennis | Ping-Pong

Table tennis, also popularly called ping-pong, is a table sport where players use paddles (rackets) to hit a lightweight polymer ball over a central net. Played on a hard table surface that provides a uniform bounce to the ball, table tennis is a fast paced game that requires players to react quickly to the services and returns made by their opponents.

Points are score when a player does not return the ball across the net after a single bounce has occurred on their side of the table or if they themselves do not land the ball on the opposite surface. Ping-pong is a worldwide sport that can be played competitively in both two player (singles) or four player (doubles) formats.

Who invented ping pong?

Ping Pong (table tennis) was invented as a parlor game trademarked by the English firm of J. Jacques and Son in the 1880s. The game quickly grew in popularity and spread to the United States, Europe, and Asia over the next few decades.

How do you play ping pong?

Ping pong (table tennis) is played by first serving the ball across the net while bouncing it once on the service side of the table. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball across the net after only one bounce on their side of the table. Service alternates between players after every two points. Ping pong games are commonly played to 21 or 11 points.

How do you score ping pong?

Ping pong (table tennis) games are played to either 21 points in casual games, or 11 points in competitive games. Games must be won by two points.

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5’5” | 1.65 m
January 15, 1994
Chen Meng
165.000
1994.00
2500
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Chen Meng
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 20, 1990
Ding Ning
170.000
1990.00
4500
3D
Ding Ning
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 3, 1965
Jan-Ove Waldner
178.000
1965.00
2900
3D
Jan-Ove Waldner
5’3” | 1.60 m
April 12, 1991
Liu Shiwen
160.000
1991.00
4600
3D
Liu Shiwen
Ma Long
32000
5’9” | 1.75 m
October 20, 1988
Ma Long
175.000
1988.00
32000
3D
Ma Long
1.57” | 40 mm (Diameter)
.095 oz | 2.7 g
Ping-Pong Ball
4.000
0.003
3320
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Ping-Pong Ball3D model of a Ping-Pong Ball (Table Tennis Ball) viewed in perspective3D model of a Ping-Pong Ball (Table Tennis Ball) viewed in perspective
5.9” | 15 cm
.85”-.91” | 21.8-23 mm
9.45”-10.25” | 24-26 cm
2.47-3.53 oz | 70-100 g
Ping-Pong Paddle
15.000
2.300
26.000
0.100
11000
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Ping-Pong PaddlePerspective view of a 3D model of a Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket)Perspective view of a 3D model of a Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket)
Table Tennis Tables
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Table Tennis Tables3D model of the Woolsey Ping Pong Table viewed in perspective3D model of the Woolsey Ping Pong Table viewed in perspective
Xu Xin
13000
5’11” | 1.80 m
January 8, 1990
Xu Xin
180.000
1990.00
13000
3D
Xu Xin
Liu Shiwen
Height comparison diagram of Liu Shiwen compared to other Table Tennis players

While other table tennis players brag about major titles, Chinese Liu Shiwen also brags about being the fastest table tennis player. Though others consider her young and not yet proven herself well enough in the sport: her winning the World Cup five times; World Championship three times; International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finals three times; and four Asian Cups casts little doubts of her prowess in the sport. She also dominates number one or two in the ITTF Women's World ranking. She prefers the right-handed and shakehand grip playing style and is considered the best in Chinese women's singles with aggressive playing styles.

Liu Shiwen has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

Collection of drawings of Liu Shiwen measured with overall height
While other table tennis players brag about major titles, Chinese Liu Shiwen also brags about being the fastest table tennis player. Though others consider her young and not yet proven herself well enough in the sport: her winning the World Cup five times and the World Championship three times.

Liu Shiwen has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

Collection of drawings of Liu Shiwen measured with overall height
Liu Shiwen
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5’3” | 1.60 m
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Nationality: China

Years Active: 2004—

Birthday
April 12, 1991

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Liu Shiwen standing, swinging, stance

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Ma Long
Scaled height comparison illustration of Ma Long in relation to other Table Tennis professionals

World and Olympic champion and Chinese National Table Tennis Men's Team captain, Ma Long has several accomplishments under his belt. Aside from being a world champion, he is number three in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) with twenty-eight ITTF World Tour titles and five ITTF World Tour tournaments and the only male table tennis player to hold the number one position for over five years. Long is also among those who have a career Grand Slam (World Champions, Olympics, and World Cup). Besides, he is the first male player to win every singles title in a table tennis game, making him the greatest player alive.

Ma Long has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Ma Long in various table tennis poses measured with overall height
World and Olympic champion and Chinese National Table Tennis Men's Team captain, Ma Long has several accomplishments under his belt. Aside from being a world champion, he is number three in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) with 28 ITTF World Tour titles.

Ma Long has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Ma Long in various table tennis poses measured with overall height
Ma Long
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5’9” | 1.75 m
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Nationality: China

Years Active: 2006—

Birthday
October 20, 1988

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Ma Long standing, swinging, stance

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Table Tennis Tables
Plan drawing of a standard regulation Table Tennis | Ping Pong Table with dimensions for width and length

Table tennis tables are regulated playing surfaces designed specifically for the game of table tennis (ping-pong). Table tennis tables measure 9’ | 2.74 m long by 5’ | 1.525 m in wide. The playing surface of a ping-pong table must be set at a height of 2.5’ | 76 cm and is equipped with a center net that is 6” | 15.25 cm high and stretches 6” | 15.25 cm beyond the width of the table.

Tables can be constructed out of a variety of materials ranging from common designs using plywood and/or particle-board to more exotic variants made of concrete, metal, plastic or fiber-glass. The materiality of a table tennis table is a matter of preference, but the bounce of the ball on the surface should be uniform at a height of 9.1” | 23 cm when dropped at a height of 11.8” | 30 cm.

Elevation drawings with dimensions of a Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table measuring length, height, and net height with players
Table tennis tables are regulated playing surfaces designed specifically for the game of table tennis (ping-pong). Table tennis tables measure 9’ | 2.74 m long by 5’ | 1.525 m in wide. The playing surface of a ping-pong table must be set at a height of 2.5’ | 76 cm.

Elevation drawings with dimensions of a Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table measuring length, height, and net height with players
Table Tennis Tables
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Length: 9’ | 2.74 m
Width: 5’ | 1.525 m
Height (Surface): 2.5’ | 76 cm
Height (Net): 6” | 15.25 cm
Net Width Overhang: 6” | 15.25 cm
Height (Bounce): 9.1” | 23 cm from 11.8” | 30 cm
Materials: Plywood, particle-board, concrete, metal, plastic, fiber-glass

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Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table side elevation, side (players), front, front (players), plan

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Chen Meng
Height comparison diagram of Chen Meng compared to other Table Tennis players

Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng has proven that age is just a number in table tennis. Chen is world number one and considered this generation youngster in table tennis. Cheng is a three-time International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finalist, a gold and silver medalist of Women's singles, a fourteen-time ITTF World Tour champion, and the current ITTF Women's World Cup champion. She prefers the right-hand or shakehand grip play style. Chen came to the limelight by winning the World Junior Table Tennis Championship in 2011 in the Girls' Singles event.

Chen Meng has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Chen Meng measured with overall height
Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng has proven that age is just a number in table tennis. Chen is world number one and considered this generation youngster in table tennis. Cheng is a three-time International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finalist.

Chen Meng has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Chen Meng measured with overall height
Chen Meng
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5’5” | 1.65 m
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Nationality: China

Years Active: 2012—

Birthday
January 15, 1994

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Chen Meng standing, swinging, stance

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Ping-Pong Paddle | Table Tennis Racket
Illustrated diagram comparing the size of a Ping-Pong Paddle to other Rackets used in sports

Ping-Pong Paddles, or Table Tennis Rackets, are laminated rubber sponge covered wooden rackets comprised of a blade and a handle. The ping pong blade refers to the upper wooden portion of the racket that is built up with one to seven layers (piles) of wood, cork, glass fiber, carbon fiber, aluminum fiber, or Kevlar customized for various play styles.

Ping-Pong Paddles (Table Tennis Rackets) have an average blade length of 6.7” (17 cm), blade width of 5.9” (15 cm), an overall length between 9.45”-10.25” (240-260 mm). The weight of a Ping-Pong Paddle is between of 2.47-3.53 oz (70-100 g). Players looking for more ‘control’ of the ball should choose a thinner sponge thickness between .06”-.07” (1.5-1.9 mm), while players looking for a more offensive play style should select a thicker sponge of larger than .08” (2 mm).

Measured drawings of a standard Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket) with dimensions for height, width and depth
Ping-Pong Paddles, or Table Tennis Rackets, are laminated rubber sponge covered wooden rackets comprised of a blade and a handle. The ping pong blade refers to the upper wooden portion of the racket that is built up with up to seven layers of wood, cork, glass fiber, carbon fiber, or aluminum.

Ping-Pong Paddles (Table Tennis Rackets) have an average blade length of 6.7” (17 cm), blade width of 5.9” (15 cm), an overall length between 9.45”-10.25” (240-260 mm). The weight of a Ping-Pong Paddle is between of 2.47-3.53 oz (70-100 g). Players looking for more ‘control’ of the ball should choose a thinner sponge thickness between .06”-.07” (1.5-1.9 mm), while players looking for a more offensive play style should select a thicker sponge of larger than .08” (2 mm).

Measured drawings of a standard Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket) with dimensions for height, width and depth
Ping-Pong Paddle | Table Tennis Racket
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5.9” | 15 cm
Length:
9.45”-10.25” | 24-26 cm
Depth:
.85”-.91” | 21.8-23 mm
Weight:
2.47-3.53 oz | 70-100 g
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Blade Length: 6.7” | 17 cm
Handle Length: 3.75”-3.93” | 9.6-10 cm
Sponge Thickness: .06”-.1” | 1.5-2.5 mm
Materials: Wooden racket, rubber laminated surface

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Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket) front elevation, side, bottom

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