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Play Table Tennis At Rileys

Table tennis is one of the most accessible games out there – it can be played anywhere with a surface and makeshift net, although your dining room table isn’t the best place to practice if you aspire to play competitively.

Also known as ping pong, table tennis is an Olympic sport and if you ever think you’ve mastered the game, then a brief glance at some of the skills on show by the world’s best players should tell you otherwise, whilst also motivating you to continue in your pursuit of table tennis mastery.

Table tennis is hugely popular during social occasions. You can play singles, doubles or even one of a whole host of party games; the most popular being Around the World, where players take one shot each before running around to the other side of the table to queue for the next shot in the rally. Miss and that’s a life gone! The objective is the be the last person at the table – the final two stay at one end of the table to play out the winning point.

Selected clubs at Rileys now offer table tennis and you’ll be pleased to know that you can now book your spot on our website.

Table Tennis Terminology

Forehand

A type of stroke where the palm is facing the opposing player upon the point of impact.

Backhand

A type of stroke where the back of the hand is facing the opposing player upon the point of impact.

Drop Shot

A shot where the ball is delicately hit to land close to the net, intending to catch out players who are expecting to play the shot further back.

Let

A stoppage in play, usually because of a serve hitting the net.

Lob

a defensive shot used to counter aggressive play from the opponent, where the ball is returned very high in the air, upsetting the rhythm of the opponent.

Push

A shot will little or no backlift, intended to deflect the ball back over the net with a relative amount of control and less power.

Set

One game with 21 points in a match.

Topspin

A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin forward when it bounces.

Backspin

A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin backwards when it bounces.

Sidespin

A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin to the side when it bounces.

Serve

The start of the point, where a player tosses the ball up before hitting it onto their side of the court before it bounces into the opponent’s side, which is when the point is played out.

Smash

An offensive shot played against high balls. The bat is face down and usually intends to win the point by striking the ball as hard as possible.

Other games to play at Rileys

Snooker

American Pool

English Pool

Darts

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