Find someone to play with you. Begin by playing someone who is at your skill level. If you do not have ping pong equipment, naturally you will need to find someone who does.
The paddle should have both red and black sides. It also needs to be made of wood and rubber. The ball should be either orange or white and 40 mm. Table should be 2.74 meters long, 1.525 m wide and 0.76 m high.
A match is played best 3 out of 5 games. For each game, the first player to reach 11 points wins that game. However, games must be won by at least a two point margin. A point is scored after each ball is put into play.
Flow of the Match
Each player serves two points in a row and then switches sides. server. But, tying up with a score of 10-10, then each server serves only one point. After each game, the players switch table sides.
Legal Serves (Service)
The ball must rest on an open hand palm. Then it must be tossed up at least 6 inches and hit so the ball bounces first on the servers side before the opposing side.
Gripping the Paddle
There are two styles of gripping the paddle. The pen grip is where you essentially hold the paddle just as you would if you were holding a pen. If you choose to use the hand shake grip, place your hand on the paddle’s handle just as you would if you were shaking someone’s hand. Then wrap your fingers loosely around the handle.
Who Goes First
Decide who goes first by flipping a coin or drawing straws. The winner can either choose who serves first, or what side of the table they want to play on. The looser makes the decision on the opposite decision.
To scorepoints, you must keep the ball in play longer than your opponent.
l If you do not make a legal return, a point is awarded to your opponent.
l If you receive a legal serve or return, and then hit the ball more than once, point is awarded to your rival.
l If your serve goes into the net, goes off the table without hitting to the opponent’s side, challenger receives The point
There are many waysplayers can losepoints.
l Failing to makegood serves.
l Allowsball to bounce twice on his side of the table.
l Does not hit ball after it has bounced on his side.
l Does not hit ball onto his opponent’s side.
l Hits the ball out of turn when playing doubles
l Hits the balls before it has bounced. (Exception: It is obvious that the ball is not going to bounce on his side of the table)
Winning the Game
The winner is the player or pair who first scores 11 points, unless both players or pairs score 10 points (called deuce). Then a game will be won by the first player or pair to gain atwo point lead.