What are the different game formats in table tennis?

Table tennis is versatile and adaptable, and has the advantage of being played in many different ways. Traditional, individual, competitive or even fun for children: there's something for everyone! Table tennis can be discovered and reinvented at all levels. How can you combine fun and sport? What are the different game formats to adopt?

THE TRADITIONAL GAME OF TABLE TENNIS

Whether played with two or four players, what could be more enjoyable than a game of table tennis? Beginner, amateur, or professional, this style of play caters to a wide audience. For indoor practice, consider an indoor table that will fit the available space. Outdoor table tennis tables, much sturdier and resistant, are preferred for a dynamic gaming experience. For professionals, invest in competition-grade tables that guarantee durability and stability.

The Rules of the Game

The first step is to hold your racket correctly. Very popular in Asia, the penhold grip involves holding the handle of your racket much like a pen. The classic "European" grip, on the other hand, involves wrapping the three bottom fingers around the handle and pinching the paddle with the thumb on one side and the index finger on the other. Prefer the grip that provides you with the most comfort. In any case, ensure that your wrist is as mobile as possible. Your hand should be relaxed and loose. This way, you'll have more strength and precision in your movements. Once you have your racket in hand, determine who will serve first. You can choose between singles or doubles play. In the first case, you can send the ball to any part of the opponent's side of the net.

If you are playing doubles, the first server is decided by the team that won the service, and the first receiver is then decided by the opposing team. The server must serve diagonally to the right, meaning the ball must first bounce on the server's right half of the table and then on the receiver's right half of the table. Afterwards, each player must hit the ball in turn. The change of server is then done as follows: the receiver becomes the server, and the server's partner becomes the receiver, and so on...

Continue your exchanges as many times as needed, and above all, have fun! If you're playing a match, remember that the winner of a game is the one who wins three sets first. A set is played to 11 points, and there must be at least a 2-point difference between opponents to conclude the set.

ROTATING TABLE TENNIS

Rotating table tennis is played with a minimum of three people. Players stand on opposite sides of the table. The side with more players serves first. The principle of the game is to hit the ball while rotating around the table. When a player misses a ball, they place their racket on the table. If a player still in the game bounces the ball on the racket, the eliminated player can resume play. Once only two players remain, a match is played to determine the winner.

BEER PONG: THE PARTY PING-PONG

Beer Pong, or Beer Pong in English, is a popular skill game enjoyed by students at festive parties. The game involves throwing a ping pong ball into a cup. Each time the ball lands inside the cup, the opposing team loses a cup. These cups are arranged in a triangle on both sides of the ping pong table and must touch each other. The designated player for throwing the ball keeps elbows behind the edge of the table. Cups can be rearranged at any time during the game. Simply place the cups where they would have been if they had not slipped. The team that manages to hit all of the opposing team's cups wins the game. Opt for an outdoor ping pong table, much more resistant and suitable for fun and festive games like this.

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INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE IN TABLE TENNIS

Table tennis can be played alone, although it is true that it is much more enjoyable to have real partners. A lone person can also benefit from the physical and mental benefits of this activity. All our tables are designed to allow individual practice. They offer the possibility of folding up one panel and placing it vertically. When raised, the panel allows you to train by bouncing the ball on a flat and elevated surface. The advantage of this practice is to guarantee training according to your level. You can thus adjust your speed and movements according to your preferences.

FUN GAME FORMATS FOR CHILDREN

Long rallies can sometimes be challenging for children. Instead of causing frustration or irritation, why not propose new game formats? There are a variety of exercises that provide maximum fun while developing dexterity and racket handling!

THE HOOP GAME

The hoop game is an excellent example of entertainment. To begin, place five hoops at different distances. The first hoop corresponds to the shooting area. The goal is to successfully shoot the ball from the shooting area into the second hoop, then into the third, and so on until the last one. Playful and fun, this game promotes concentration and precision.

THE MULTI-BALL GAME

The multi-ball game is ideal for older or more experienced children. Each player has a ball in their hand. The designated player counts to three, and then both players serve simultaneously. The players strive to keep the rally going with both balls for as long as possible. This continuous exchange promotes a sense of cooperation. When only one ball remains in play, the two players become opponents and compete until victory. The practice of table tennis knows no bounds! Your curiosity and imagination will be your greatest assets in designing your games. Discover, try, and adopt game formats that bring you the most satisfaction.