Choosing Your Table Tennis Equipment

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Choosing YOUR table tennis equipment

Whenever you need to buy table tennis equipment you'll find that you're faced with a bewildering array of choices, so it can be very difficult to determine which equipment is right for YOU.

So before you buy anything, it helps if you know what characteristics you should be looking for, and/or which questions you need to ask.

Because even though you can buy a wide variety of good quality table tennis equipment from a wide range of suppliers, it may not be suitable for YOU.

So what can you do if you don't know what to look for?

Well, table tennis has been my passion since 1971 and during that time I've built up a wealth of knowledge which I'd like to share with you.

So whatever equipment you're looking for, let me guide you through the multitude of choices you'll encounter. After all ... you don't want to make an expensive mistake!


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Do you need to buy expensive equipment?

The type of table tennis equipment you'll need to buy depends upon your standard of play. Basically, the higher your standard of play, the better the equipment you'll need to buy.

But if you're a beginner, you can start playing table tennis using very simple and inexpensive equipment.

I started playing table tennis using very cheap rackets and balls from our local sports store and played on a home-made table that was about two thirds the size of a regular table in our dad's garage.

And when it was too cold to play in the garage, my sister and I used to convert the dining table in our parents' kitchen into a table tennis table - with hardback books lined up across the middle of the table for our net.

But the more I played, the more I improved, so I started using better quality equipment.

Many general sports stores sell a selection of basic and inexpensive table tennis equipment - but if you're serious about this great sport of ours, you'll need to seek out better equipment from the specialist suppliers.


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Minimum Requirements

To start playing table tennis, the minimum you'll need is a racket, a supply of table tennis balls and a table tennis table.

But as your standard of play improves beyond a beginner's level, there's a vast array of other equipment you'll want to buy.

First you'll need some suitable table tennis clothing - a table tennis shirt, shorts or skirt - together with table tennis shoes.

And if you're setting up a club you'll also need other accessories such as barriers, scoring machines and possibly a robot (ball launcher) and a good quality floor covering.


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Table Tennis Racket

Table tennis racket

Your choice of table tennis racket is one of the most important decisions you'll make.

You see, how you develop as a player will be determined by your choice of racket, so it's important to choose one that will complement your style of play.

So here are my top tips on how to choose your ideal racket...

  1. The basics - what you need to know about rackets
  2. Choosing a table tennis blade
  3. Choosing the right table tennis rubbers
  4. What you need to know about table tennis glue
  5. Maintaining your racket and choosing a racket case

And you may also be interested in... How the table tennis racket has changed over the years.

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Table Tennis Table

Table Tennis Table

If you're considering buying a table tennis table - whether it's a top quality table or just a cheap table at a discount store - there are a number of items you'll need to consider.

So here are my top tips on how to choose your ideal table tennis table...

  1. The basics - what you need to know about table tennis tables
  2. Do you need an indoor or outdoor table?
  3. Types of indoor tables available - conversion tops, mini, novelty and full-sized tables
  4. What you need to know about the undercarriage
  5. What you need to know about the top surface and protecting your table
  6. Table manufacturers and a list of ITTF authorised tables

Here are my recommendations
Indoor Tables for Home Use

Indoor Home Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Sport Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Better)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Best)

Butterfly
Centrefold Rollaway 25


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Here are my recommendations for Indoor Tables for Home Use

Indoor Home Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Sport Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Better)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Best)

Butterfly
Centrefold Rollaway 25


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Here are my recommendations
Indoor Tables for Club Use

Indoor Club Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway 19


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Indoor Club Use (Better)

Butterfly
Match 22 Rollaway


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Indoor Club Use
(Best)

Butterfly
Europa 25


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Here are my recommendations for Indoor Tables for Club Use

Indoor Club Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway 19


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Indoor Club Use (Better)

Butterfly
Match 22 Rollaway


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Indoor Club Use
(Best)

Butterfly
Europa 25


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Here are my recommendations
Outdoor Tables

Outdoor Table (Basic)

Butterfly
Outdoor Playback Rollaway


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Outdoor Table (Better)

Cornilleau
Pro 510 Outdoor


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Outdoor Table (Best)

Concrete
Tables

Concrete table tennis tables


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Here are my recommendations for Outdoor Tables

Outdoor Table (Basic)

Butterfly
Outdoor Playback Rollaway


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Outdoor Table (Better)

Cornilleau
Pro 510 Outdoor


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Outdoor Table (Best)

Concrete
Tables

Concrete table tennis tables


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more information


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Table Tennis Nets

Table Tennis Net

Some table tennis tables have nets included, but others don't. Also, nets can become worn or broken and will need to be replaced.

Check out my top tips on how to choose your ideal table tennis net here.

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Table Tennis Balls


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Table Tennis Shoes

Table Tennis Shoes

A good pair of table tennis shoes are essential equipment.

Here are my top tips on how to choose your ideal table tennis shoes

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Table Tennis Clothing

Table Tennis Clothing

You'll want to look smart, so some good table tennis clothing is essential.

Check back soon for my top tips on how to choose your ideal table tennis clothing.

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Table tennis store - clothing


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Table tennis store - clothing


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Table Tennis Robot

Table Tennis Robot

What is a table tennis robot?

Check out my guide on table tennis robots.

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Table Tennis Brands

Read my guides about...

Butterfly table tennis brand

 

Stiga table tennis brand

 

Kettler table tennis

 

Yasaka table tennis


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