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Ping Pong Table Tennis Difference

Over the years, people have asked, "What is the difference between ping pong and table tennis." A usual response is often "ping pong is a fun social activity whereas table tennis is a competitive sport." Here in Estes Park, there is a long standing club with a mix of both Ping Pong and Table Tennis players. We play by the United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA) rules every Monday and now an additional night - Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mountain View Bible Fellowship gym located at 1575 South Saint Vrain Avenue in Estes Park. Most of games are played as doubles, and teams mix it up every 30 minutes. There are opportunities for lessons and practice.

The cost to play has not kept up with the times - a one time initiation fee of $5 plus $1 per night. The club uses that money for balls, paddles and table repairs. It also gives a quarterly donations to church.

Originally, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Club allowed the group to use their basement each Monday night for the club's playing time. The club then moved to Good Samaritan Village for one year before finding its current home at the Mountain View Bible Fellowship gym.

History of table tennis

The sport got its start in England towards the end of the 19th century when, after dinner, some upper-middle class Victorians decided to turn their dining room tables into miniature versions of the traditional lawn tennis playing field. Several different every-day objects were employed in constructing the sport. They used a line of books as the net. Rackets were lids from empty cigar boxes, and a little later, parchment paper stretched around a frame. The ball would be either a ball of string, or perhaps more commonly, a champagne cork or rubber ball.

When the game first started it was called by a number of different names. "Whif whaf, " "gossamer, " and "flim flam" were commonly used to describe it. The words, as can be assumed, were derived from the sound that the ball made when hit back and forth on the table. In 1901 though, English manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd registered one of the more popular names, Ping-Pong, as a copyright. He later sold the trademark to the Parker Brothers in the United States. Then in the 1920's the name and the sport were revived in Europe as table tennis.

The turn of the century brought many other refinements to the sport. Players started using celluloid balls after the English man James Gibb discovered them during a trip to the United States in 1901 and proved them to be perfect for Ping-Pong. In 1903, E.C Goode replaced parchment paper and cigar box lids with pimpled rubber on light wooden "blades" as rackets. And after the world championships in Prague in 1936, where two defensive players took over an hour to contest one point, the net was lowered to make the pace of the game-play faster. (In another effort to make the game faster paced and entertaining, rules were again changed in 2001.

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