Table tennis is an exciting sport that requires intense speed and precision. It has been a fixture in the Summer Olympics since 1988 and is played on a rectangular wooden table measuring 2.74 x 153 meters. The goal of the game is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent doesn't make contact with it, which gives the player a point. A game is won by being the first player to earn 11 points and be at least 2 points ahead of their opponent.
If both players have earned 10 points, the first player to gain a 2-point advantage wins the game. A match is the best of 5 games. When playing table tennis, the server and partner have to alternate while trying to push the ball to the opponent's side of the table. The player slides the bottom of the paddle, while holding it at a 45-degree angle, over the ball to push it forward. After each game, the service rotation changes so that players receive from the server that they did not receive in the previous game. According to official rules, if the ball touches a player's body anywhere else during a ping pong rally, they cannot touch it with their hand other than a paddle for any reason.
If their opponent's blow goes over their side of the table without touching it and hits any part of them or their shovel, that's still their point. However, if the ball hits the net and doesn't bounce off their opponent's half, or hits it above the net and out of bounds without coming into contact with the table, their opponent gets a point. In order to win a set of table tennis, one player must win 11 points and be at least two points ahead of their opponent. Usually, one game is the best of three out of five games. The winner has the option of serving the ball first, receiving it, or choosing which side of the table they want to play on.
Standing on the square of the table, they hold the paddle with their face open and return the ball using the side of the paddle that faces the table. Table tennis is an exciting sport that requires skill and strategy. Knowing these official rules will help you keep things in order and ensure you have an enjoyable experience playing this sport.