Which Do You Think Is The Biggest Change?
The Sport of Table Tennis Has Undergone Many Changes
One of the best things about table tennis is that there is always more to learn.
Your game, my game, everyone's game can use an adjustment every now and then, even Ma Long's!
But the sport itself has undergone many adjustments in recent years.
Some not so.
Here are some of the things that impacted the game of table tennis.
While the very first table tennis balls were actually wine corks used in British parlour games, things have changed a lot regarding table tennis balls. In 2000, for the first time since 1937, the ITTF decided to increase the diameter of the ball from 38mm to 40mm.
While the rules allow white or orange balls, for the last few years, manufacturers have only supplied white balls.
A new proposal was on the table (sorry, pun intended!) to bring back orange balls after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. While some manufacturers have started to stock the orange balls again, white balls remain popular.
The rubbers on a table tennis bat used in competition are nowadays black and red.
It wasn't always this way, in the late seventies and early eighties Coach Paul Uttley from the Cairns Table Tennis Club remembers players were not only playing with different colours, but also the same colour on both sides.
But since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this restriction has been lifted.
The former ITTF President Thomas Weikert said different colours other than red may be used on one side, while the other should remain black.
From October last year the new rubber colours are:
The traditional red and black combo also remains.
Obviously, to play table tennis you need a racquet.
They also can create a bespoke bat for you with a blade and rubbers and they will assemble it for you.
Perhaps the biggest change in table tennis in history was the change to the scoring system. Prior to 2001 games were scored up to 21 with service changing every 5 points.
If both players (or both pairs in doubles) score 10 points, then the game shall be won by the first player or pair who subsequently wins by 2 points.
Before smooth rubber was common, Table Tennis was originally pimples.
People flipped the pimples up-side-down, or "inverted" them.
So the smooth rubber was not at the top.
Today smooth rubber is more common. That being said, there are still lots of pimples (short, medium, and long) varieties available.
In 2016 there was another big change to the table tennis game.
There are a lot of changes in table tennis that have rocked the sport.
Have you been impacted by these changes that rocked table tennis?