A Quick and Easy Guide for Playing Ping Pong

how to play ping pong

Looking for an interesting game that will keep your brain engaged and hands moving swiftly without tiring your body? Learn how to play ping pong.

Popularly known as table tennis, ping pong is a fun game that is loved all over the world. Read on for an overview of how to play the game.

how to play ping pong

What Do You Need to Play Ping Pong?

To play ping pong, you need a specially marked ping pong table. The playing tables come in various designs and are tailored for both amateurs and experts. Apart from the table, you’ll need a ball and a table tennis paddle for each player.

Ping pong is played with one or two players on each side of the table.

Now that you know the equipment and players needed, let’s get to the rules.

Ping Pong Rules

The game starts with a flip of the coin. The player that correctly calls the tossed coin chooses whether to serve or receive the ball.

For a ball to be “legally” served, the serving player must hit it with the paddle to have the ball bounce from their side of the table and go over the net to the opponent’s side.

If the ball hits the net but still bounces on the opponent’s side, this is known as a “let serve” and must be retaken by the serving player. A serve only counts when the ball goes to the opponent’s side over the net without touching it.

When a team fails to “legally” return a ball, their opponent receives a point. A point is received when the opponent fails to return the ball back over the net to the other player’s side or when the ball is returned to the other player’s side but falls off without touching the table first.

Each player serves twice before the serves switch to the other player.

The first player to score 11 points and leads the opponent by a margin of two or more points wins a game. If a game is tied at 10-10, the first player to get 12 points wins the game. The first player to win the best of five or best of seven is the overall winner of the match.

The above is an overview of how to play ping pong.

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