Ping Pong Table Parts
Ping pong table parts are varied and geared differently for either indoor or outdoor play. There are ping pong tables for beginners and recreational players; a conversion top table for players with inadequate indoor space; a foldable outdoor table with wheels for the yard; and of course the high end competition table approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) which dictates that the table should be nine feet long, five feet wide and 30 inches above the floor.
- Tabletop. The main part of a ping pong table is its surface made of masonite, a laminated wood similar to plywood. The surface is painted in a uniform dark matt of either green or blue.
- Lines. Similar to a tennis court, a ping pong table also has lines to divide it in half and signify its borders. A white line in the center, three mm in width, divides the table in two sections, useful when playing doubles. For the table's borders, a two cm thick white line goes around the table.
- Net. This is an important part of a ping pong table as it determines who scores a point. The object of the game is to get the ball to the other side either using a spin technique, a powerful drive or with a serve that your opponent cannot return. The net is six inches (fifteen cm) high and comes in a dark color mesh which ensures visibility of a white or orange ping pong ball.
- Net System. A ping pong table’s net system is composed of the height adjuster and clamp. The system can be fixed permanently on the table, often used for outdoor surfaces; it can also be spring loaded using a clip to easily attach and remove it from the table; or a manual screw clamp which is very popular as you can easily adjust it by hand.
- Steel Legs. The legs of the ping pong table are made of round steel. It is usually between one to two inches thick and is self-opening, meaning it automatically opens once lowered into position.
- Support Apron. Made of steel, the support apron provides extra support and stability to the legs of the ping pong table.
- Wheels. Three to four inches ball bearing wheel castors allow for easy mobility and storage. At least two come with brakes so that the table does not roll away while you are in a heated game.
- Leveler. Most ping pong tables come with a leg lever in the bottom that you can either screw in or out in order to attain the ITTF declared height.
- Corner Pads. This ping pong table part is useful as it prevents snags and are excellent protection against possible accidents so that you do not impale yourself while going after a point.
- Paddle Pouch. Although not a necessity, this is good for recreational and beginning players as it always keeps your paddles and balls handy.