Table Tennis

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In today’s Physical Education Class class, we will be talking about Table Tennis 

Table Tennis 

Coco Gauff and Serena Williams
Coco Gauff; Serena Williams

Names like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, and recently Coco Gauff are names that remind us how hardworking these women are and the Sports game they have participated in over the years. Even if you do not like the game, you like the player. And over the years, Table Tennis has caught a lot of attention. 

Table Tennis (also known as ping-pong) is a racket sport derived from tennis but distinguished by its playing surface being atop a stationary table, rather than the court on which players stand. Either individually or in teams of two, players take alternating turns returning a light, hollow ball over the table’s net onto the opposing half of the court using small rackets until they fail to do so, which results in a point for the opponent. Play is fast, requiring quick reaction and constant attention, and is characterized by an emphasis on spin relative to other ball sports, which can heavily affect the ball’s trajectory.

table tennis

The sport originated in Victorian England, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlor game. It has been suggested that makeshift versions of the game were developed by British military officers in India around the 1860s or 1870s, who brought it back with them. A row of books stood up along the center of the table as a net, two more books served as rackets and were used to continuously hit a golf-ball.

Table tennis strokes generally break down into offensive and defensive categories.

Let’s consider some of the terms used in Table Tennis


Also known as speed drive, a direct hit on the ball propelling it forward back to the opponent. This stroke differs from speed drives in other racket sports like tennis because the racket is primarily perpendicular to the direction of the stroke and most of the energy applied to the ball results in speed rather than spin, creating a shot that does not arc much, but is fast enough that it can be difficult to return. A speed drive is used mostly for keeping the ball in play, applying pressure on the opponent, and potentially opening up an opportunity for a more powerful attack.


The counter-hit is usually a counterattack against drives, normally high loop drives. The racket is held closed and near to the ball, which is hit with a short movement “off the bounce” (immediately after hitting the table) so that the ball travels faster to the other side. 


When a player tries to attack a ball that has not bounced beyond the edge of the table, the player does not have the room to wind up in a backswing. The ball may still be attacked, however, and the resulting shot is called a flip because the backswing is compressed into a quick wrist action. A flip is not a single stroke and can resemble either a loop drive or a loop in its characteristics. What identifies the stroke is that the backswing is compressed into a short wrist flick.

In summary, because speed is the main aim of a smash shot, the spin on the ball is often minimal, although it can be applied as well. An offensive table tennis player will think of a rally as a build-up to a winning smash. Smash is used more often with penhold grip.


What is the Table Tennis Game?


Reading Assignment

What is another name the Table Tennis game is identified as?


Weekend Assignment

Write five names of any tennis player you know. 


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