Table Tennis In BRIEF
Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent's options to great advantage.
Table tennis is controlled by the worldwide organization International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), founded in 1926. ITTF currently includes 215 member associations.
 The table tennis official rules are specified in the ITTF handbook.
 Since 1988, table tennis has been an Olympic sport.
 With several event categories. In particular, from 1988 until 2004, these were: men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. Since 2008 the doubles have been replaced by the team events.
A match is played best 3 of 5 games (or 4/7 or 5/9). For each game, the first player to reach 11 points wins that game, however a game must be won by at least a two point margin.
A point is scored after each ball is put into play (not just when the server wins the point as in volleyball).
The edges of the table are part of the legal table surface, but not the sides.
Flow of the Match
Each player serves two points in a row and then switch server. However, if a score of 10-10 is reached in any game, then each server serves only one point and then the server is switched. After each game, the players switch side of the table. In the final game (ie 5th game), the players switch side again after either player reaches 5 points.
The ball must rest on an open hand palm. Then it must be tossed up at least 6 inches and struck so the ball first bounces on the server's side and then the opponent's side.
If the serve is legal except that it touches the net, it is called a let serve. Let serves are not scored and are reserved.
The paddle should have a red and a black side. The ball should be either orange or white and 40 mm in size. The table should be 2.74 meters long, 1.525 m wide, and 0.76 m high.
Table Tennis skill Improvement
By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn about how to improve table tennis skills. Table tennis is not only a great source of exercise, but also allows players an opportunity to socialize with friends and opponents alike. In order to achieve the best results when trying to improve table tennis skills, it is essential to put in plenty of practice. For best results, spend between thirty and sixty minutes practicing each week, always keeping in mind that more practice makes a better player.
Increase wrist and arm strength. By strengthening these body parts, athletes will be able to respond faster not only to serves, but also to opponent returns and volleys. As when any new strength training routine, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of the exercise.
For best results, be prepared to spend at least thirty minutes each day playing table tennis. Playing for a longer period of time, however, such as one hour, can provide more dramatic results.