The Origins And Evolution Of Table Tennis

You have probably heard about table tennis as one of the most popular sports nowadays. Played with the same basic rules as tennis – yet a lot different from it – table tennis is an exciting game that is played on a wooden table which is usually blue.

Also known as “ping pong”, this sport utilizes wooden paddles with rubber surfaces as well as a plastic ball instead of the big rackets and the furry green ball that is used in tennis. As a sport, table tennis has become very popular, mostly because it is easy to learn how to play it and that the experience of playing this sport is fun, exciting and adrenaline boosting.

From kids to adults to professionals, table tennis is a universal game that can be played by literally everyone. There are also table tennis tables for sale which can fit and be set up in most garages, rooms and different environments. If you don’t need to buy a fancy an expensive equipment to have a table tennis set, you can find an affordable tennis table for sale, get a set of balls and two rackets – and you are good to go.

The History Of Table Tennis – From Hobby To An Official Olympic Sport

The origins of table tennis first began in the 1880s when the affluent Victorians invented the sport – as one that they could play indoors. Obviously, the sport took its cue from the popular tennis, utilizing a table and shift paddles from the box lids which were made from cigarette boxes, as well as a ball that was made out of strings of a cork.

In the 1900s, table tennis was developed even more and the popularity for the sport was growing. Manufacturers designing tables for the sport as well as various other accessories emerged, and the table tennis equipment made vast improvements out of the (crude) materials that were first used. Speaking of, the balls were later designed by celluloid making them rounder and bouncing better, while the paddles were designed by custom shaped wood with rubber attached to them.

The commercialization and legitimacy of the sport also introduced an official organization and at this point, table tennis became a worldwide phenomenon that was enjoyed by all countries. Later on, there were many innovations and developments in the equipment – particularly related to the affordability of the game.

Table tennis equipment soon entered many homes due to the affordability of the game. With its surging popularity and the vast amounts of people enjoying the sport, the game was recognized by the Olympic committee and was soon included in the world wide competition in 1988.

Speed Glues And Table Tennis Technology

During this period, the game of table tennis advanced and there were many discoveries, one of which were repair glues for bicycle tires. These glues helped in increasing the spin and speed produced by the paddle. Initially coined by Dragutin Surbek of Yugoslavia and Tibor Klampar of Hungary, the developments were coined under the term “speed glue”.

In 1980, the first Tennis Table World Cup event, held in Hong Kong as well as the first veteran championships which was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1985, the International Tennis Table Federation (ITTF) adopted a two-color rule for opposite sides of the rackets as part of the standard regulations. Three years later, table tennis was officially an Olympic sport in South Korea.

Final Words: The Modern Era Of Table Tennis

In today’s modern era, table tennis is a sport that is popular and enjoyed in every part of the world. In the professional realm, there are many tournaments and professionals. Some of the recent developments include the increase of the diameter of the ball to 40mm (2000) as well as the change in the scoring system to 11-point games, best of 5 and best of 7 matches which were first introduced in 2002.

Even though the use of speed glues was labeled illegal in 2008, the sport still enjoys big popularity – and everyone is looking forward to more improvements and regulations in the next decade.