Viavito BigBounce Outdoor Table Tennis Table View

Viavito BigBounce Outdoor Table Tennis Table

The Viavito BigBounce is a robust and practical outdoor table tennis table designed for hobby play. Great for enjoying a game of ping pong with family and friends, the BigBounce is fully weatherproof and features a 6mm ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel) impact-resistant top providing easy playability, consistent ball bounce and a good rebound. The frame is rugged and durable and this lightweight (50kg), yet sturdy full-size rollaway table benefits from adjustable feet ensuring precise levelling on uneven surfaces. The BigBounce is ideal for beginners and recreational players and offers a playback position for individual training. To securely lock the table in place both in a storage and playing position and guarantee optimum safety, there is a locking system, whilst a folding design minimizes storage space requirements. Plus, for added stability and easy movement, the table has 4 x 125mm (5”) double wheels (2 with brakes). It comes complete with a net and post set and a recreational bat set including 2 bats and 3 balls to let you start playing right away!

Dunlop Evo 3000 Outdoor Table Tennis Table View

Dunlop Evo 3000 Outdoor Table Tennis Table

The Dunlop Evo 3000 outdoor table tennis table is a great choice for beginners and recreational players who want to develop their skills while having fun with family and friends. This solid, fully weatherproof table features a 4mm melamine resin playing top for optimum playability, good ball response and enhanced durability. The table has an integrated net and post set and allows for warming up or playing against yourself thanks to a playback position. For added safety, this robust and stable table offers SMS locking system ensuring one-handed operation. There are also four 125mm (5”) wheels (2 swivelling) for easy manoeuvrability and the table boasts handy bat and ball holders on both sides enabling you to store 8 balls and 4 bats.

Sponeta Schooline Indoor Table Tennis Table View

Sponeta Schooline Indoor Table Tennis Table

The Sponeta Schooline indoor table tennis table is designed specifically for schools, institutions and youth clubs and offers a sturdy steel construction and an anti-glare, laminated, multi-coated 22mm 3tecWOOD premium playing surface. The table ensures a lively bounce and optimum performance to let youngsters develop their skills and allows for individual training thanks to playback facility. The legs are height-adjustable to provide a flat playing surface even on uneven ground, whilst SMS (Smart Manual System) locking system helps to keep the table securely in place during play and storage. This robust full-size table comes with a net and post set and features 4 wheels with rubber thread (2 of them are lockable) to smoothly roll it away when not in use.

Viavito Flipit 6ft Table Tennis Top View

Viavito Flipit 6ft Table Tennis Top

The Viavito Flipit 6ft table tennis top lets you turn your dining table into a table tennis table in a matter of seconds. This high-quality table top is reversible, with a 6ft table tennis top with a blue finish on one side and a stylish dining table with a brown wood grain finish on the other. This is a superb addition to any 6ft games table and will rest conveniently on top of any flat surface. The indoor table top is supplied with a full accessory kit to get you playing straight away that includes 2 bats, 3 balls, a net and posts. On the table tennis side of this practical and durable top there are markings to define the playing area, and it can be stored easily and efficiently as two separate flat pieces after use.

Viavito FlaTrick 5 Star Table Tennis Bat View

Viavito FlaTrick 5 Star Table Tennis Bat

The Viavito FlaTrick 5 star table tennis bat is best suited to intermediate and advanced players who enjoy an attacking style of play. It has a concave handle to lie firmly in one’s hand and prevent the blade from slipping. The bat features a 5-ply blade making it durable and suitable for speed play. The FlaTrick is made using Trampoline Tension technology providing a trampoline effect for a greater response and boasts Gecko Adsorption Technology (G.A.T) delivering high levels of speed and spin.

Dunlop Evo 500 Outdoor Table Tennis Table View

Dunlop Evo 500 Outdoor Table Tennis Table

The Dunlop Evo 500 is a sturdy and durable table tennis table designed for outdoor use. This fully weatherproof table with a strong steel frame is ready to withstand hours of intense play with family and friends. It is ideal for those who are new to the game or play recreationally and has a 4mm melamine resin top for a good bounce and easy playability. A playback facility allows for solo practice, whilst a rotating handle locking system helps to securely lock the table both in a storage and playing position. The table weighs 47.5kg (104.7lbs) and features practical bat and ball holders on both sides for storing 4 balls and 2 bats each. Plus, it offers an included net and post set that can remain on the table in the playback and storage positions. The Evo 500 ensures safe and space-efficient storage due to two foldable halves and 4 heavy-duty twin wheels making it easy to move around.

Cornilleau ABS Evolution 1 Star Plastic Table Tennis Balls - Pack of 6 View

Cornilleau ABS Evolution 1 Star Plastic Table Tennis Balls - Pack of 6

A classic set of ping pong balls suitable for recreational fun or simple training sessions, the Cornilleau ABS Evolution 1 Star plastic table tennis balls ensure a decent quality without breaking the bank for those who enjoy a couple of games of table tennis in their spare time. It’s a one star ITTF rated choice designed with an ABS evolution cellfree formula for optimal bounce and good durability. The balls are shipped in a pack featuring six units.

Viavito Protactic Table Tennis Table Cover View

Viavito Protactic Table Tennis Table Cover

Keep your table safe and protected using the Viavito Protactic table tennis table cover. This heavy-duty cover is made from a strong, durable and water-resistant fabric and has a weatherproof design. The cover is designed to protect your folding table tennis table from bad weather, dirt and dust and features a tape fastening system for a secure fit and resistance to wind. It is easy to clean and store away and helps to improve the lifespan of your ping pong table. The cover is produced from polyethylene and weighs only 1.1kg (2.4lbs). Plus, the Protactic ensures quick and easy fixing over the table and keeps it dry and clean in harsh environments.

Dunlop Rage Fury Table Tennis Bat View

Dunlop Rage Fury Table Tennis Bat

An ideal choice for recreational players, the Dunlop Rage Fury table tennis bat offers a good balance of power and control. A 5-ply blade makes the bat lighter and flexier and suitable for an all-round play, whereas a flared handle ensures a firm and comfortable hold and prevents the bat from slipping. The bat is best suited to players seeking increased ball control (90/100) and has 1.5mm cellular rubber.

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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