Due to the popularity of ping pong, many players are choosing to buy a ping pong table. Like all products, ping pong tables are available in different materials, qualities, and for different purposes. Here is information on choosing table tennis tables.
Choosing a ping pong table
When selecting a ping pong table, there are certain things to know and understand to ensure that a quality long-lasting table is chosen. Here are the points to consider:
- Decide on a fixed or portable table. Know whether the table will be set-up permanently in one location or set-up to be easily moved and then put back. A fold-up table with rollers allows for smooth movement and usually includes brakes on the wheels to keep the table from moving when in use.
- Decide on table thickness. Quality tables should be 3/4″ thick or greater. There are 1/2″ and 5/8″ thickness available, but these aren’t thick enough to prevent warping. In addition, ping pong table tops that are less than 3/4″ thick do not have a consistent bounce on the surface. This would be an issue for serious table tennis players.
- Choosing the ping pong table material. The thicker the particle board material or wood material, the better the quality. Resin material for the tops provides higher resistance to warping, compared to particle board. Aluminum is ideal for outdoor ping pong tables.
- Selecting the ping pong table frame. The structure of the frame will help determine the durability of the table. If there are more connecting points within the chassis, there will be more durability. This is true even if the legs are thinner. Therefore, ensuring that the connecting points are placed in the right locations is more important than the thickness of the legs. With the proper design and support for the ping pong table, it will hold together longer.
- The right table finish. The smoothness and evenness of the table is important for good play. Look at the ping pong table from all sides, looking for any bending or warping. Look for any rough edges on the top and sides, to avoid injury to players. A good test is to drop a ball from a height of 30cm to see if the ball has a good bounce height of 23cm.
For long lasting enjoyable play, the ping pong table that is chosen should pass the tests listed above. The thickness, finish, and material of the table top, and the structure of the frame, will determine the longevity and durability of the ping pong table.