As wonderful as the sport of table tennis is, there is always room for improvement. Based on this line of reasoning, the powers that be have instituted a number of changes over the past ten years designed to make the game of ping-pong more user friendly. We have seen changes in the scoring system, modifications to the size of the ball and a switch in the type of glue used in the rubber on the bats. Now the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has decided to change the kind of material used to make the balls, which supposedly will improve the quality of rallies by slowing them down and making it a bit harder to snap off sizzling unreturnable winners. The new plastic material that will be used is a bit more bouncy and a bit slower – a combination that will presumably force players to rely more on skill and less on pure power.
British Olympic star, Andrew Baggaley, has referred to the coming change as bizarre, and serious players are expressing scepticism that these new balls will make any noticeable impact on the way the sport is played. From the perspective of the new player, it is certainly possible that these new balls will indeed make the sport a bit more user-friendly but, then again, table tennis has been around for a long time, and its recent rise in popularity in the UK has obviously not been slowed down by the types of material used to manufacture the balls.
While we are not categorically opposed to changes such as this, we believe improving the sport for amateur table tennis enthusiasts begins by increasing access to facilities. Players need places to play. If a concerted effort were being made to install more outdoor table tennis tables in public areas, it could benefit the growth of this sport tremendously. Indoor tables are fine, but when deciding where to put a new table tennis table, outdoor settings bathed in fresh air and sunshine are really the best choice. This is why parties interested in helping this sport grow should be checking out the amazing outdoor table tennis tables offered for sale by Caloo.
No company sells a higher-quality product than Caloo. Sleek, attractive, durable, glare- and fade-resistant – all of these are adjectives that can be used to describe the outdoor table tennis tables available from the UK’s finest exercise and sports equipment supplier. Installing more of these tables in public places will provide new opportunities for aspiring athletes of all ages to discover the wonders of table tennis. This will make a much more positive impact on the sport than any cosmetic change – such as changing the material used to make the balls – ever could.
No matter what kind of balls people are playing with, an outdoor table tennis table is fun for all. The more of these tables that are made available, the better it will be for this fast and exciting sport.