No one knows the real beginning of the Ping Pong, but it is believed that the sport began in England. It was simply started as an off-shoot for lawn tennis. At first, it was just an outdoor game; then it was made as an indoor game. Let’s find some interesting ping pong ball facts.
Who Invented the Ball?
This ball was invented in the 1920s. The company John Jaques and Son invented this ball, especially for table tennis. The name ping pong came from its sound of bouncing off the drum on the table.
The ping pong ball is composed of celluloid. Some balls are made using plastic. Compared to the ping pong balls in use today, the ones which were used in olden days were highly flammable. Modern ping pong balls are not that sensitive to fire. However, it can catch fire if we introduce a lighter to it.
The reason for this is not due to the presence of gases filled inside it. In fact, ping pong balls are filled with regular air. The reason for the ball to catch fire is because of the nitrocellulose used to make it. Nitrocellulose is a flammable substance, and it can catch fire on friction too.
Each ball varies depending upon their design, manufacturing company, texture, and many other parameters. All the Ping Pong balls should meet ITF regulations so as to be approved for important tournaments. The balls have to undergo a range of testing procedures strictly according to their specifications and properties.
The tests include parameters such as weight, size, composition, deformation, and rebound. There are ITF ranges for each parameter i.e
- Mass (59.4-60 gms)
- Bounce(54-58 inches)
- Size (2.5-2.7inches)
- Deformation (0.31-0.42 inches)
The ball must fall within these ranges, only then it would be considered for the tournament. Eventually, these parameters will determine whether it is suitable for the play or not.
Why do balls have different colors?
Even the ping pong balls have different colors – Orange and White. We might have come across many other colors of ping pong balls such as Grey, blue, green or sometimes even pink. But the most highly recommended balls are white and orange.
The orange ping pong balls are more often used for casual games that we play in our offices, restaurants and game zones. Orange balls are more visible than white ones. For this reason, they are used in casual play, so untrained players can see them more clearly. However, orange balls are used during practices. Few coaches make use of orange balls for their trainees in developing some skills such as spin, strokes and then proceed to use a white ball.
Coming to white balls, they are popularly used in tournaments. The purpose of using white balls in tournaments is because the settings of the tournaments are quite different. They have blue tables and red floors. In order, to keep track of the ball and to make it visible to the live audience and TV audience, white balls are mostly recommended. The white balls are visible onto dark surfaces, which help the players to track the ball and make the next move.
Interesting Facts About Ping Pong Balls
4 Best Competition Ping Pong Balls of 2019
JOOLA prime 40+ It’s the 3-star competition ball, with improved durability and roundness. It shows less spin at first, but it does really kick off the table.
Nittaku Premium 40+ The ball is consistent and generates great spin when needed. Also a high-quality tennis ball.
Double Fish V40+ This ball was being used in London for the World Cup Championship 2018. This ball is quite heavier than Nittaku Premium, but again highly recommended and widely used tennis balls.
Xushaofa 40+ These balls are considered to be the best among the batch of the plastic ball. These are used for inter-state championships and some important world championships or tournaments.
How ping pong raised popularity in China?
Ping pong was invented in the United Kingdom in the late 19th century. A Shanghai stationery shop was the first to bring this game into its shop. Ever since its existence remained in China. The year following the Cultural Revolution, China’s table tennis team started growing rapidly. Ping pong made its debut in the year 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. China won two gold medals for ping pong at the 24th Summer Olympics. Out of the 28 Olympic ping pong tournament, China has snatched 24 gold medals starting from 1988 to 2012. Up to date, Chinese players are the most defending and strongest champions in all the Olympic table tennis tournaments or championships.
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