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
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 to 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.
A type of stroke where the palm is facing the opposing player upon the point of impact.
A type of stroke where the back of the hand is facing the opposing player upon the point of impact.
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.
A stoppage in play, usually because of a serve hitting the net.
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.
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.
One game with 21 points in a match.
A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin forward when it bounces.
A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin backwards when it bounces.
A shot played with a technique that makes the ball spin to the side when it bounces.
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.
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.