Table tennis.

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  1. johnny k

    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    So we have the pool thread, now we have the table tennis thread. MAybe another air hockey thread and we are good.

    I enjoy playing it, though i am really bad.
    I remember once in high school, i was stuck on the loser table, and i did a smash with a good amount of strenght. I missed the ball, but the racket slipped out of my hand and went flying through the air. I didn't hurt anyone.
    Fun times.
     
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    At my last job, we had a dedicated room with 6 tables. There was always lots of play over the lunch hour. Great way to bring people together across a large company. Some of the Philipino guys were extremely good and put amazining spin on the ball. I found out that they played everyday in school growing up and it was extremely competitive. I got a lot better playing against these guys.
     
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    Years ago, we had a foosball table in the break room at work (yep, switching topics here a bit).

    A few people would play for a bit over lunch. Of course, the "managers" who thought they were soooooo important looked at this as "they are not doing my work!" rather than a brief escape to clear their minds. Those tables got removed, along with the camaraderie that accompanied it. Sad.

    I have not played ping-pong / table tennis in over a decade. We bought a table for the kids, and played once or twice, but that was it. I have probably only played two or three times in 40 years.
     
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    I would have been a much better student in college, had I not spent so much of my time at the Wesley Foundation (just off campus) playing ping-pong. I would go over during an off-period, get involved in a round with other guys, lose track of time, miss my next class, keep playing......well, you get the idea. Carried my own paddle around and everything. :(
     
  5. johnny k

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    One fun variation we played with 4 players. 2 players on each side, 1st one serves, then turn around the table to get to the opposite side.
    The guy on the other side of the server plays the ball, and turns around the table to get to the other side. Rinse, repeat until a player misses his shot.

    If one of the players misses the ball, he can put his racket wherever he wants on the table and leaves the game.

    You keep going with 3 players, the next one to miss puts his racket wherever he wants (usually close to the first racket on the table )
    The last round with 2 players is a standard game in 3 points.

    The rackets on the table make it fun because if you are able to aim the ball on the racket, the ball will have an unpredictable bounce and make it harder to catch back.

    This is badly explained, but it is fun to play.



    Basically this except we put the racket flat on the table.
     
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    Our family played quite a bit as kids. My Dad never let us win. We had to beat him fair and square and he was a good player. I think was fifteen when I finally won my first game against him.
     
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    I grew up with a ping pong table. Once I get into college, I realized I was killer at it. Once I glued on my own paddle surfaces, it became very easy to beat my opponents. Only one guy in my dorm could beat me, so we had marathon games that improved both of us even beyond our own expectations. Practice pays off in so many ways.

    BTW, I loved foosball, but I just did not have the wrist action that my friends had.:(
     
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    My dad learned in Korea during the war and taught me how to play. He was really good.

    Now that looks like way more fun than quarters, flip cup, or beer pong.

    But I'm sure there's beer involved.
     
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    My wife brought a ping pong table home from work a couple of years ago, cos who knows, we might need a ping pong table. It has been used once. Unles you count taking up space in the garage for 2 motorcycles, then we've used it every day...
     
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    Table Tennis/Ping Pong is a great game. I grew up with it. Played it, and played it well until my mid-30s.

    I lament that it is not played by more kids.

    Rules! Those that do play need to learn the rules. Especially about serving.

    Did I mention that it was a good game?
     
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    Many, many years ago, I was sort of the unofficial table tennis champion in the vicinity, when I was stationed overseas. I could beat everybody.

    But I haven’t played in so many years that I doubt if I’d be very good even if I decided to play. Plus, the effects of aging probably wouldn’t help matters.
     
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    I love table tennis! Back when I was in high school, my cousin and I bought a table and set it up in the garage. We started having tournaments about once a month. We had enough people interested that we had singles and doubles matches. $5 to enter and we had payouts for 1st through 4th place in both formats. It lasted a little over a year before people lost interest but it was a blast while it lasted.
     
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    My daughter and I play any time we can, when away on holiday, but no way of doing it when we’re at home.
    Good fun though.
     
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    Grew up with a table. My friends had tables. Ping pong was very popular in the 70's. We would play for hours.
     
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    Never been great at table tennis( or at any ball game really). I was a fat, unsporty child but tall and angry so I did okay at badminton where hitting out with reckless abandon seemed to work okay for me.

    When I was a kid I used to go watch my father who played for his college staff table tennis team ( small, specialist engineering college that attracted a lot of overseas students and lecturers). For one year they had a temporary member of staff who happened to be also ( I think, slightly foggy memory) the Egyptian Olympic table tennis champion. I used to watch the boring matches between staff from different colleges then some poor soul would get completely wiped out by the Egyptian chap.
     
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    In my 1970's boarding school days we had 2 ping-pong tables and 2 pool tables in the Student Rec/TV lounge room ( basement of a 3-story building)

    And being aggressive/macho boys we thought we had to be, we could NOT leave well enough alone:

    With the ping-pong tables, we would line them up flush, end-to-end and put the net right where they joined. So table was twice as long and you had to smash the ball to get it across- it made for a slower game, but you got to smack the ball hard on every shot. 2 and 4 players.

    With our pool tables- we would play
    'Bloody knuckles pool hockey:

    Basically 2 teams of 2 guys, across from each other ( either long end). Each of us holding 1 pool ball in our right hands to smack the cue ball ( as hard and fast as we could) into either of the opposite 2 corner pockets, thus 'scoring goals' ( and of course, having to defend oncoming shoots) Wild!

    This always got out of hand, as everyone is getting hurt ( hands/fingers), usually ending with us just throwing pool balls at each other, yelling " F**k you!"
    " F**k you too!"
    -and this was a Seminary!
     
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    I played (too much) in the bottom floor of my dorm during my freshman year. I was a decent player, but there were two students from Aruba that were quite good, I never beat any of them.

    It was interesting to play with some of the Asian students who held the paddle with the grip between thumb and forefinger with to other three fingers splayed on the back of the paddle. They could produce ferocious topspin and it was a challenge to play them. You'd back from the table to catch those dive bombs and then they would tap a soft one over the net.

    It's a great game.
     
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    Bad joke:

    Q: what do you call a table tennis table in Chinese?

    A: ping pong ping
     
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    At my office, there is a table tennis table very near my cube. It gets a fair amount of play.
     
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    We have a table set up where the formal dining room is supposed to be. It used to be the kids play room (lots of Legos). It's turned out to be a great indoor winter sport that fits in the house.
     
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