Table tennis players are referred to as paddlers in our local media where I reside. A ping-pong player is called such in some countries, including China and Russia.
This may seem like a trivial question but I was unable to find an answer via Google. I did come across this site which states that a ping-pong player is called such because the game is played on a ping pong table!
I must admit that I have never heard this term used before and so I decided to look it up. To my surprise, it appears to be a common term among table tennis players. Here are some of the comments posted by other players:
"Ping-pong player" - according to one book, "Table Tennis For Complete Newcomers", they are called such because the ball bounces a lot like a ping pong ball.
"A ping-pong player" - according to another book, "Learn To Play Ping-Pong": "The ball is hit with a racquet and paddle".
Why are paddles used to refer to table tennis players? Language Forums-English Vocabulary-English -The Free Dictionary. Definition of player: someone who takes part in any form of sport or activity that requires skill and strength, especially one who engages in such activity as to win prizes or to achieve fame or notoriety.
Player is also used as a verb, meaning "to compete or contest". The player's game is judged to be very good. Also, noun form player'. ' A person who plays a game or contests; a competitor
Table tennis players compete against each other in matches called games. Each game lasts about five minutes and consists of two periods of play followed by a three-minute break. During play, the object is to hit the ball over the net into your opponent's court. You can only hit the ball with a paddle.
When you make a legal stroke at the net, it is called a attack. If you fail to put the ball out of play at the net with an attack, then you have let your opponent pass at net.
If you want to change rooms during a game, you must wait until the current game is finished before you can start a new game in the new room.
Table tennis players utilize a basic table tennis paddle (also called as a "racket," "club," or "bat"). Table tennis paddles are often composed of laminated wood with rubber on one or both sides, depending on the player's grip. The most common size for a table tennis paddle is 30 inches (76 cm) in length by 1 3/4 inches (44 mm) in width.
Paddles are swung through the air to hit a small ball back and forth between opponents or against a wall in table tennis. A good table tennis swing is characterized by having maximum speed at the point of impact between the ball and the blade of the paddle.
In addition to being able to strike the ball effectively, a good table tennis player needs to be flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances and adjust his or her play accordingly. This requires them to have quick reactions time after time while playing. Because of this reason, table tennis is also known as "the game where you need brain and brawn."
As you can see, table tennis is not only about hitting a ball with a stick, it is also about using your mind and body coordination to come up with different strategies to win points. Thus, table tennis is a sport that requires many skills to master.
Table tennis players utilize a table tennis racket (also called as a "paddle," "bat," or "club"). It does not have strings spread over an open frame like a traditional "racket." The name "paddle" is often used in the United States, whereas "bat" is used in Europe and Asia, and "racket" is the official ITTF term. However, all these terms mean the same thing: a club with a flat face used for hitting a ball.
The word "paddle" comes from the French word "pied-de-nez," which means "foot stick." This refers to the fact that when playing foot volleyball, if you want to get the ball away from your partner, you use your feet to hit it back toward them. Paddle tennis was originally known as "foot tennis" too. In this sport, you use your feet to hit the ball instead of a paddle.
In 1755, an Englishman named John Hoadly invented the first rackets for golf. These were made out of wood and had pegs along one side to help hold the balls while they were being hit. But it wasn't until about 70 years later that the modern table tennis racket came into existence. In 1872, a German named Gottlieb Daimler invented a rackettized table for use in a public park named Berlin City Park. It was this table that started the table tennis boom in Germany!
A ping pong paddle, also known as a table tennis paddle, is the paddle or racquet used in the table tennis or ping pong racquet sport. It has a flat surface on which you may strike the ping pong ball across the table or field. This strikes the objectional of both singles and doubles games.
The ping pong paddle is used to return balls into play. You will need one for each player. They should be of equal size so that your game is not biased toward one side or the other. A standard table tennis paddle is best for learning how to play. As you improve, you can use a heavier model with a larger blade area.
When you hit the ball with the paddle, it returns the ball in the same direction but with less force. This is important to keep in mind when playing against someone who is stronger than you. You do not want to hit the ball so hard that it goes out of bounds immediately after being struck by the paddle.
As well as being useful for returning balls into play, the ping pong paddle is an offensive weapon that can be used to push the ball away from you towards your opponent or into open court. However, do not use this weapon unless you are sure that they will not respond if you make them feel insecure. If they think that you are afraid of them, then this will affect the way that they play.
Pause, repeat after me: Prior to 2011, "Ping Pong" and "Table Tennis" were interchangeable terms. Some recreational players prefer "ping-pong" or "basement table tennis." Ping-pong is a hobby for amateur players. However, serious players refer to it just as table tennis and see it as a sport.
Since then, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has been trying to distinguish ping pong from table tennis. In February 2011, they issued a statement saying that "Ping Pong is not a recognized sport at international level and thus can't be considered as a counterpart of Table Tennis." This means that you can't compete in tournaments under the banner of ping pong because there is no governing body for this activity. However, most countries will allow their table tennis players to participate in playdays or match races with ping pong players if they want to.
In conclusion, yes you can call ping pong table tennis. But first, you need to find out if your country allows it and if so, then you should try it out!