Chances are good that you’ve played a round of ping-pong at least once. It’s a familiar and popular pastime that’s enjoyed around the world.
Believe it or not, ping pong was once a game for the upper classes. In late Victorian England, the elites would gather after dinner and play with champagne corks for balls and cigar box tops for paddles.
Table tennis has moved beyond those fancy parlours and spread across the world. It’s not estimated that a staggering 40 million people play competitively!
The usual rules of ping pong – smacking a ball with a paddle across a table with a net down the centre – are fine just the way they are. If you want to spice up your games, though, we’ve got four great ideas for ping pong games that go beyond the ordinary!
This is the ultimate party game and great for a group to play. Add in the element of drinking and it gets even more fun.
Playing this game is pretty simple. Gather your group in a circle around the table. One person kicks off the game by serving the ball across the table top.
From there, the group moves in a circular motion. Whoever is at the end of the table returns the shot.
See how long you can keep it up! You’ll be laughing with your mates in no time.
2. Ping Pong Basketball
To play a ping pong basketball game takes a bit of skill. You can do it with a team or even just two people.
Tape two plastic cups on each side of the ping pong table. The aim is to sink your ball into your opponent’s cup. They can block your ball with their paddle, though.
This adds a fun, different element to your usual games.
3. Ping Pong Ski Ball
Have you ever played that game in an arcade where you roll a ball down a lane and try to get it into a hole at the end? The more difficult the shot, the higher the points.
You can do the same thing with your ping pong table, you’ll just need to do a bit of arts and crafts beforehand.
Get a cardboard box. Cut out a few holes, making the hardest shots smaller when they get to the top of the box. Set it up at one end of the table and take turns trying to get the ball into the holes.
4. Hit the Ceiling
Do you have a low ceiling where you play ping pong? Perfect. This is one of the easiest games with ping pong balls you can play.
The rules are simple: every time you serve, the ball has to touch the ceiling. That’s it! It’s an easy way to add an extra degree of difficulty to a regular game.
Ping Pong Games And More
These are just a few ideas to make your ping pong games a bit more challenging. It’s a great way to beat boredom and hone your skills further.
Want to start playing table tennis after hearing these great tips? Think you need to improve your set up to host a ping-pong party?