Ping Pong Accessories
A principal staple of recreation rooms across the land is the ping pong table and playing the game can be that much more enjoyable by using some of these key ping pong accessories. Put these items to work and you'll be sending super slices and top speed spins at your opponent in no time. And then, onto conquering the world (or at least the neighborhood)!
- Grips. Leather grips can lead to blisters or chafing. Consider covering your paddle with soft rubber grip tape, which secures in place with self-adhesive tape. Another options are slip-over rubber grips; these will also reduce wear and tear on your hand. The tape and the grip sell for about $5 and $2 respectively at MegaSpin.net, a ping pong supply house.
- Scoreboards. The serious player simply must have a good way of keeping track of his or her dominance during the game. MegaSpin.net offers the Killerspin Scoreboard, which is 15" by 8" and tracks scores to 21, for a price of $39.99.
- Robot servers. Ideal for intermediate and tournament players, this machine will allow for hours of practice at multiple skill levels. The Robo Pong 1050, available from KillerSpin.com, offers an oscillating ball thrower and 48 orange 40mm balls. Price: $515, but worth every dollar to become the Prince of Pong.
- Bags. After investing in the best rackets and balls, ping pong players will need to make them safe and portable with the right bags. Duffel bags are available for all supplies; there are specific bags for sale as well specifically for rackets or other accessories. The Optima Paddle Bag at KillerSpin.com sells for $19.99; the bigger the bag, the more players can spend.
- Shoes. Ping pong places a unique set of demands on participants with lots of back and forth. Consider a pair of shoes designed precisely for this type of wear and tear. An example is the Donic Mega Flex shoes with an extra-gripping sole to retain contact with the floor. The Donic shoes sell for about $45 at Paddle Palace.com.