Ping pong, or table tennis, is played casually and professionally across the world. The sport's small tables allow for an energetic game. The regulation size of these tables is very strict for professional play. These tables are also widely available for anyone who would like to practice or play against their friends.
The table is 2.74 m long and 1.525 m wide (9 by 5 feet). A 15.25-cm (6-inch) high net runs down the center, creating two even sides that are 1.37 m long by 0.7625 m wide (4 1/2 by 2 1/2 feet).
The playing surface must be 76 cm (30 inches) off the ground.
Surface Material and Color
The playing surface of a ping pong table is built out of Masonite, a high-density fiberboard. It is sturdy and durable and very slick, which allows for ball spins to not lose their angle during play. The table's color must be dark color so that it does not blend in with the commonly used orange and white balls. Common table colors are dark blue and green, which mimics grass.
The playing surface is outlined with a 2-cm wide white line, and another 2-cm line runs down the center of the table. This allows for easier judging on controversial calls during play, as the ball will create a smudge on the line when hit.
The bottom of the net must hang as close to the table surface as possible; the net may extend past the sides of the table by no more than 15.25 cm (6 inches) . The net is hung with a suspension system that allows it to stay in position even after the ball hits it.
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