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SPORTS YOKOHAMA Vol.37 : Feature(1/3)

Let's Try Table Tennis!

Table tennis, one of the most popular sports in the world, requires good dynamic vision and reflexes and high levels of instantaneous speed and stamina. To be a good table tennis player, you need to excel in both skill and physical strength.
In recent years, table tennis has attracted attention as a lifetime sport that people in all age brackets, from children to older adults, can enjoy in the same venue at their own skill levels.
Read this volume of Sports Yokohama, and you’ll surely be interested in giving the sport a try.
Let’s Try Table Tennis!

Information provided by: Kanagawa Table Tennis Association, Yokohama Table Tennis Association, Yokohama Ladies Table Tennis Federation, NIPPON TAKKYU Co., Ltd. and Kawahara Sports
Written and photos provided by: Koji Nakamura (Yokohama Sports Association)

 

Bits of knowledge

The roots of table tennis

There are several theories about the origin of table tennis, one of which says that the original form of the sport was invented by English tennis lovers who played indoors using a table on rainy days.

The roots of table tennis

Racket

The racket is mainly made up of a wooden blade and a rubber cover. There are three different types of racket, each used for a distinct grip style: shakehand, penhold, and Chinese penhold. Every racket used in official tournaments in Japan is required to have the manufacturer name and the official mark of the Japan Table Tennis Association Approved (JTTAA) in a conspicuous location.

Racket

Ball

The ball must be 40 mm in diameter and weigh 2.7 grams, made of a celluloid or similar plastics material, and colored white or orange. Other types of ball may be used, such as the large ball that is 44 mm in diameter and weighing 2.2 to 2.4 grams and the “sound table tennis” ball that has metallic pellets in it.

Ball

Table

The table has a rectangular surface 2.74 meters long, 1.525 meters wide, and 0.76 meters high from the ground and is divided into two halves by a 15.25-cm-high net supported by the posts at both sides.

Table

Game

Players standing at each end of the table hit the ball back and forth over the net. There are two categories of game: singles and doubles. In doubles, the players of each pair must alternate hitting the ball. The player first scoring 11 points wins the game. Matches are typically best of five or seven games. When both players score 10 points, the game will be won by the first player subsequently gaining a lead of two points.

Game

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Let's Try Table Tennis!

Table tennis, one of the most popular sports in the world, requires good dynamic vision and reflexes and high levels of instantaneous speed and stamina. To be a good table tennis player, you need to excel in both skill and physical strength.
In recent years, table tennis has attracted attention as a lifetime sport that people in all age brackets, from children to older adults, can enjoy in the same venue at their own skill levels.
Read this volume of Sports Yokohama, and you’ll surely be interested in giving the sport a try.
Let’s Try Table Tennis!

Information provided by: Kanagawa Table Tennis Association, Yokohama Table Tennis Association, Yokohama Ladies Table Tennis Federation, NIPPON TAKKYU Co., Ltd. and Kawahara Sports
Written and photos provided by: Koji Nakamura (Yokohama Sports Association)

 

Bits of knowledge

The roots of table tennis

There are several theories about the origin of table tennis, one of which says that the original form of the sport was invented by English tennis lovers who played indoors using a table on rainy days.

The roots of table tennis

Racket

The racket is mainly made up of a wooden blade and a rubber cover. There are three different types of racket, each used for a distinct grip style: shakehand, penhold, and Chinese penhold. Every racket used in official tournaments in Japan is required to have the manufacturer name and the official mark of the Japan Table Tennis Association Approved (JTTAA) in a conspicuous location.

Racket

Ball

The ball must be 40 mm in diameter and weigh 2.7 grams, made of a celluloid or similar plastics material, and colored white or orange. Other types of ball may be used, such as the large ball that is 44 mm in diameter and weighing 2.2 to 2.4 grams and the “sound table tennis” ball that has metallic pellets in it.

Ball

Table

The table has a rectangular surface 2.74 meters long, 1.525 meters wide, and 0.76 meters high from the ground and is divided into two halves by a 15.25-cm-high net supported by the posts at both sides.

Table

Game

Players standing at each end of the table hit the ball back and forth over the net. There are two categories of game: singles and doubles. In doubles, the players of each pair must alternate hitting the ball. The player first scoring 11 points wins the game. Matches are typically best of five or seven games. When both players score 10 points, the game will be won by the first player subsequently gaining a lead of two points.

Game

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