The Differences Between Ping Pong And Table Tennis

The Differences Between Ping Pong And Table Tennis

Apart from that the Table tennis is the official name of a "sport" and ping-pong is a popular name for a "game", the difference in table tennis and ping-pong can only be the nickname. The name ping pong derives from the sound that the ball makes when it is in play. Both names appear under the ITTF (for its acronym in English, International Table Tennis Federation) in Lausanne, Switzerland, along with another nickname, "wiff waff." The differences between the two lies in their history, the team and the rules.


Table tennis was described as a game of indoor tennis, which is played on a table, from the chairs or from the ground, with small rackets and a light ball, firm and covered with knitted cloth to avoid damage to the furniture. The table tennis games were first made by the English company J. Jaques e Hijo. In 1891, Jaques and Son recorded an indoor game, played with rubber balls, called "Gossima". In 1900, the game was distributed by the Parker brothers, the English Distributor and the Hamley brothers. They sold games and toys like the Jaques and Son ping-pong sets, but in 1901 John Jacques registered the name of Ping Pong in England. The American rights of the name were sold to the Parker brothers. On December 12, 1901, the "Table Tennis Association" was formed in England. Four days later, "The Ping Pong Association" was also formed in England. That same year table tennis was taken to China. In 1903, the two associations combined to become "The Table Tennis Association", which became obsolete in 1904. In the 1920s the game began to revive in England and Europe. In 1922, the "Table Tennis Association" became the "English Table Tennis Association". In 1926, the ITTF was formed. In 1988, table tennis became an Olympic sport in Seoul, South Korea.


ping pong bats image by max blain from

The table tennis and ping pong equipment is similar, but in the table tennis game in non-competitive events, the paddle, the ball, the net and the material of the table surface may vary. In 1900, the Englishman James Gibb brought a new hollow celluloid ball from the USA. UU The previous solid rubber or the cork balls were replaced with this new plastic material. In 1902, the English E. C Good put gravel paste on the wooden blade or paddle to generate greater effects on the ball. The regulations of the equipment are made and applied by the ITTF. In 1960, the thickness of rubber and sponge in the pallets was standardized. In 1938, the ITTF lowered the network from 6 3/4 inches (17, 1 cm) to 6 inches (15, 2 cm). In 2000, the ITTF gave the ball a larger diameter, increasing it to 40 mm. The official weight of the ball is 2, 7 grams, is made of celluloid plastic material or similar and can be white or orange, with matte finish.In 2001, the scoring system was modified for games of 11 points, taking into account the best of five or seven games of a match.


All rules are made and applied by the ITTF. For the ping-pong are the same, unless it is played in non-competitive events, such as at home or with new rules invented. In 1938, the ITTF prohibited the service by turning the ball with the finger, used mostly by American players. In 2006, the banning of speed glues with toxic organic solvents was announced. For the year 2008, the use of illegal speed tails with volatile organic compounds (VOC) was banned for all competitions of the ITTF Junior.

Video Tutorial: Ping Pong vs Table Tennis.

Like This? Share With Friends: