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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Most popular table tennis tables

It is worth investigating which are the most popular table...in general the most popular table tend to be among the best, although marketing and availability can make a huge difference as well.

A survey was done to judge which were the most popular competition level tables. This was done via polls in the major online table tennis forums, and also by asking a range of players. Although I only got about 100 votes, which is not really enough to draw conclusions, many of those voted were very experiences players who had experience on a wide variety of tables, so their opinion carries a lot more weight. The results were as follows:

  • Butterfly 30%
  • Stiga 25%
  • Joola 15%
  • DHS 12%
  • Donic 6%
  • Others 12%

A few were made which are definitely worth nothing:

1. Most players seem to agree that all the ITTF approved tables are of good quality, and their opinion or vote often came down to personal preference of a particular feature that they liked about a table.

2. Not all tables of a particular brand are made in the same country, so the difference of opinion often comes down to which version of the table they experienced. The tables made in Germany seemed to have the best reputation.

3. Availability is a big factor... some clubs only had one or two brands readily available to them, so their votes would be restricted to those brands.

4. Although Butterfly got the most votes, there were a few people who did not like the bounce on the table as much as the other main brands.

5. A few other brands were mentioned, like Killerspin, Tibhar, Andro, Double Fish, but since they did not get many other votes, I included them in the 'other' catagory. Killerspin seemed to be quite popular in the USA, and Tibhar in Europe, so these are likely to be good choices too.

In conclusion, most people would be happy with any of the ITTF approved tables, or would at least be able to adjust to them. The Butterfly, Stiga and Joola tables really do seem to be the most popular, so if you have nothing else to go by, these are likely to be a good choice. It IS worth asking the retailer where the tables are made, the German made ones are likely to be the highest quality.

 

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