Kettler Axos 1 Outdoor Table Tennis Table View

Kettler Axos 1 Outdoor Table Tennis Table

Manufactured in Germany, the Kettler Axos 1 outdoor table tennis table is designed to withstand the rigors of daily use. The 22m thick aluminium composite table top is weatherproof and UV & corrosion resistant providing protection against the elements for a longer lifespan. Manufactured to official tournament dimensions, the playing surface has excellent rebound properties and an anti-glare coating that significantly reduces sun-dazzle making it easier to keep your eye on the ball even in bright sunlight. The playback function lets you fold up one side and is easy to operate single handedly so you can practice on your own any time you like.The Axos 1 outdoor table tennis table folds away for easy storage and has large wheels so you can move it around quickly and effortlessly, even over rough ground. This high-quality table comes supplied with a detachable net and benefits from a generous 10 year table top and 3 year parts warranty for complete peace of mind.

Kettler Classic Outdoor 10 Table Tennis Table View

Kettler Classic Outdoor 10 Table Tennis Table

The Kettler Classic Outdoor 10 is a high-quality, German-made, outdoor table tennis table that's manufactured to exacting standards. The 22mm ALU-TEC+ composite top is weatherproof and delivers consistent bounce and pace for superior performance and playability while the surface is covered with an anti-glare coating so you can play comfortably in bright conditions. The legs of this table are extra sturdy and feature off-road wheels for easy handling in outdoor environments and it also features a one-hand locking mechanism making folding this table tennis table more straightforward than ever. The multitude of useful features such as ball holders and dispensers and the high level of performance make this premium piece of equipment ideally suited for all homes.

Stiga 5 Star Vaporizer Table Tennis Bat View

Stiga 5 Star Vaporizer Table Tennis Bat

The Stiga 5 Star Vaporizer table tennis bat is great for attacking play and uses ACS technology to increase power and spin levels. This 5 Star table tennis bat is for pro players and has a 5 ply blade covered with 2.0mm (0.08") thick sponge. This bat has an anatomical handle and will complement and encourage offensive gameplay.

Cornilleau Sport 100 Rollaway Indoor Table Tennis Table View

Cornilleau Sport 100 Rollaway Indoor Table Tennis Table

The Cornilleau Sport 100 is a rollaway indoor table tennis table approved by Fédération Française de Tennis de Table (FFTT) for leisure use and offers a 19mm (0.7'') high density chipboard playing surface for great playability. This wheelchair friendly table with a playback facility allows for individual training and there are posts integrated to the side panels, as well as a polyethylene net with adjustable tension. A 30mm (1.2'') frame is resistant to corrosion and scratching and Push'N Lock technology with 8 locking points enables you to safely lock the table in place. The Sport 100 is compact and easy to assemble and provides a perfectly even playing surface thanks to adjustable feet.

Butterfly Timo Boll SG11 Table Tennis Bat View

Butterfly Timo Boll SG11 Table Tennis Bat

The Butterfly Timo Boll SG11 table tennis bat is a solid choice for developing players seeking foremost control and a good way of improving speed and spin at a steady pace. The bat is endorsed by Timo Boll, 7-time European champion, and it includes an ITTF approved Butterfly addoy rubber with 1.5mm thick sponge. The rubber is applied to a sturdy 5-ply blade, and it utilises the Smart Grip technology which highly improves the feel. Furthermore, the bat is covered with Butterfly protective tape on the edges, and it has an anatomic handle shape for improved comfort and playability.

Dunlop Flux Extreme 100 Table Tennis Bat View

Dunlop Flux Extreme 100 Table Tennis Bat

The Dunlop Flux Extreme 100 is a 3-star table tennis bat designed for improving club players looking for a great balance of power and control. The bat has a 5-ply Aero blade ensuring faster swing speeds and features Power Port that maximizes swing weight for even more power. The Flux Extreme 100 is made using durable HD rubber and provides increased control and enhanced comfort thanks to a flared handle. Plus, the bat is approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Cornilleau Proline 510 Static Outdoor Table Tennis Table View

Cornilleau Proline 510 Static Outdoor Table Tennis Table

The Cornilleau Proline 510 Static is a very good-looking outdoor table tennis table that will be a perfect choice for all types of outdoor use. The table features sturdy curved legs that make it aesthetically pleasing and add some style to outdoor locations. The outdoor table has a MAT Top® anti-glare coating that makes playing easier and more enjoyable, and the weatherproof playing surface and corrosion and scratch resistant steel frame ensure a top level of durability. The table has a fixed steel net, 2 bat holders, a ball dispenser and corner protectors, and it is easy to assemble and can even be fixed to the ground for extra security and stability. It is wheelchair friendly and comes approved by the FFTT for Leisure use.

Butterfly Compact 19 Indoor Table Tennis Table View

Butterfly Compact 19 Indoor Table Tennis Table

The Butterfly Compact 19 indoor table tennis table with a strong steel frame and a 19mm playing surface is a good model for home or school use and where more compact storage is needed. It comes with 2 wheels on each half which you can use when the table is vertically folded to transport it more easily. The steel frame improves durability and the effective folding system helps you store the table to save floorspace when not in use. It’s ready assembled and includes 2 reverse sponge bats and 3 quality practice balls.

Dunlop Rage Match Two Player Table Tennis Bat Set View

Dunlop Rage Match Two Player Table Tennis Bat Set

The Dunlop Rage Match two player table tennis bat set offers a great way to get playing table tennis, containing two Dunlop bats and 3 Dunlop training balls. Whether for use by friends and family at home or for practising your game, the Rage Match set contains all you need to get playing on a table tennis table.

Cornilleau Polyethylene Net - Hobby Primo 160 - Black View

Cornilleau Polyethylene Net - Hobby Primo 160 - Black

The Cornilleau Polyethylene Net - Hobby Primo 160 – Black s is a high quality adjustable net designed to be used both indoor as well as outdoor.

Table Tennis

Who would have expected an after-dinner amusement amongst the gentry to develop into a much-respected Olympic sport in the space of a century? Table tennis did so, but the game played in the 1880s would not much resemble the now widely played international sport.

It is thought that the origins of the game date back to Victorian dinner parties where, once the dishes had been cleared away, books were brought out to make a net and also used as a hitting device for discarded champagne corks or golf balls. The concept may have been adapted from versions developed in India or South Africa by British soldiers who then introduced it back home.

It caught on quickly, and popularity soared around the turn of the century as it was a very accessible game; most households would have had the necessary table, books and something to act as a ball. Sometimes the lids from cigar boxes served as rackets before special equipment was later designed and mass-produced.
The game became known colloquially as “ping-pong” and “wiff-waff” because of the noise made when using a piece of wood with parchment attached to the head of a primitive racket. The name “ping-pong” was trademarked by J. Jaques & Son Ltd in Britain and by The Parker Brothers in the USA, so the term table tennis was principally adopted.

1901 saw a number of breakthroughs in the development of the sport. Celluloid balls were used for playing and then rubber was employed to cover wooden racket heads, and the modern sport started to take shape.
Twenty years later the Table Tennis Association was created in Britain, and in 1926 The International Table Tennis Federation was founded. That same year, London played host to the inaugural World Championships, the first officially held table tennis tournament.

Sponge was placed between the layers of rubber and wood in the 1950s, which had a drastic effect on spin and speed in the game. The sport debuted at the inaugural Paralympics in 1960.
In 1988 the sport’s status gained a big boost by being included in the Olympic Games for the first time, and it has remained a Games sport ever since. On South Korean soil in 1988, the hosts and China won 9 out of the 12 available medals in the men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions.

China remains the dominant force in Olympic table tennis, having won 47 medals since 1988 with nearest rival South Korea having won just 18. In 2008 China took a clean sweep in the singles medals and won both team golds as well. Its popularity in Asia gives the sport one of the highest numbers of players worldwide.
A number of rules changes have been introduced over the last 20 years in order to slow the game down to make it more visible for television audiences. However, this has not stopped technological advances from influencing the game, with carbon-fibre, aluminium and Kevlar used in the production of the highest quality rackets.

The basic equipment needed to get started consists of a bat, a ball and a playing surface, ideally of standard sized and wooden with a material net. Bats and balls can be purchased very cheaply and in sets, although better quality rackets which will help with gameplay will be more costly. Investing in a table might be too much for recreational players, but there are many other ways to play properly: local clubs, sport and fitness centres, community centres, concrete tables in parks, and even in bars and pubs.

The advantages of playing go beyond just amusement. The intense and fast-paced nature of the non-contact game mean you can get a cardiovascular workout with a low risk of injury.
A fun fact is that the sport was banned in Russia during the early 20th century because it was believed that the sport was dangerous for people’s eyes.

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