Which Do You Think Is The Biggest Change?
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 good. 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.
Then in 2014/2015 balls were changed from celluloid to plastic. Prior to 2014 balls were either white or orange. While the rules allow white or orange balls, for the last few years, manufacturers have only supplied white balls. A new proposal is on the table (sorry, pun intended!) to bring back orange balls after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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 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 after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this restriction is set to lift. ITTF President Thomas Weikert said different colours other than red may be used in one side, while the other should remain in black. Obviously, to play table tennis you need a racquet.
The Brisbane Table Tennis club pro-shop offers table tennis bats that suit beginners in the Bronze Bat and intermediate players in the Silver Bat. 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. Since then the game has been scored up to 11 with service changing every 2 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.