Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a popular sport that has been around for centuries. Originally a leisure activity for the upper class in Victorian-era England, this sport was initially called ping pong before changing its name to table tennis in 1922. In 2001, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) changed the rules of the game from being played to 21 points to 11 points. This change has had a significant impact on the way the game is played and how players adapt to it. The game of table tennis is played on a rectangular fiberboard table measuring 2.74 x 153 meters and is divided into two halves.
Each player can serve twice in a row and the first to score 11 points will be declared the winner. According to the official rules of table tennis, if a player turns the ball backwards, causing it to cross the net back toward him, the receiver must keep hitting the ball before it bounces off the other side of the table. The opponent can also receive a point if you hit the ball off the playing surface or if the ball comes into contact with any part of your body when attempting a shot. The game must continue in this sequence throughout the rally and if a player hits him out of turn he loses the point. The biggest ball, which is now made of plastic, requires more legwork than ever, and the rallies are longer for many players, which would affect older players more, since the level of resistance would have to be much higher in games that go up to 21. Waldner would not have won the 1997 World Championships in consecutive games if he had played at 11, since he was behind in the 11 mark at least once.
Therefore, if a player turns the ball backwards, causing it to cross the net back toward him, the receiver must keep hitting the ball before it bounces off the other side of the table. So, while regulatory bodies may think it's the same thing, it's not really the same, because if I play 5 sets against 21 against someone and win 5-0, it's totally different from playing 5 sets to 11 and winning 3-2.I find it quite difficult to play at 11 points against a player who is as good or better than me. The game will continue to be played after 11 until a team secures a two-point advantage over its opponent. I guess my question is when they changed from 21-point games to 11, how did most of the players adapt? What was done to change the mental part of knowing that games end faster? According to table tennis laws, a player can win a table tennis game by scoring 11 points, with one point awarded for each violation. Standing on the square of the table, the player holds the paddle with his face open and returns the ball using the side of the paddle that faces the table. How many of these additional regulations are actually used will depend on the level of competition being played and whether the organizers have adopted all or any of them. I've been playing, organizing, and writing about table tennis since 1971 and I'd love to share my knowledge of these rules with you.
Table tennis has changed significantly since its inception and continues to evolve as new rules are implemented.