What is table tennis?

Table tennis or ping pong is a non-contact game for 2 or 4 players. The players use lightweight rackets to bat a small ball back and forth across a net which divides the table into two sections. It is a fun family game - but it can also be a highly competitive sport.

How do I choose a table?

The two most critical questions to answer before buying a table are:

  • Who will be using the table? Family and friends, a single person or sports competitors? This helps you decide between a low-cost table or a top of the range table.
     
  • Where will it be used? Inside or outside? This helps you decide if you need a table that is capable of weathering the elements.

Other considerations are:

  • How easy is the table to fold up and store?  You can choose between tables that simply fold down into one piece and can be locked together for storage – or tables that fold down into 2 separate pieces and are designed to be easily moved and stored away by one person.
     
  • Where will it be stored? If you have unlimited storage space you can choose a table with one interconnected frame which can be easily folded and stored just about anywhere. But for limited storage space, you need a table that can be split into 2 separate pieces for easier storage in tight places.
     
  • Do you want to play by yourself? Then you need a table that will fold into a single playback position.

Quantum Competition table tennis table in single playback position 

  • Steel frames: Because they are made from steel tubes, the frames are very strong and durable but light in weight. The larger the dimensions of the frame, the stronger the frame.
     
  • Table surface: The tables are made from hard wearing particle board which gives the table both strength and lightness. The thicker the playing surface the quieter the table, the better the bounce and the more stable the table during play. 
     
  • High strength adjustable castors: These are great to adjust the height of the table on uneven surfaces - and to move the table around easily for storage.
     
  • Outdoor tables – If the table will be outside and may become wet – then you need an aluminium playing surface which has a highly durable PE Plastic centre, encased in an aluminium sheeting. These playing surfaces are so durable that they are used in extremely harsh environments all over the world.

What are the tables made from?

  • Steel frames: Because they are made from steel tubes, the frames are very strong and durable but light in weight. The larger the dimensions of the frame, the stronger the frame.
     
  • Table surface: The tables are made from hard wearing particle board which gives the table both strength and lightness. The thicker the playing surface the quieter the table, the better the bounce and the more stable the table during play. 
     
  • High strength adjustable castors: These are great to adjust the height of the table on uneven surfaces - and to move the table around easily for storage.
     
  • Outdoor tables – If the table will be outside and may become wet – then you need an aluminium playing surface which has a highly durable PE Plastic centre, encased in an aluminium sheeting. These playing surfaces are so durable that they are used in extremely harsh environments all over the world.