The latest news of the SCTTC and the world of table tennis.
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Due to the low quality of Instagram video and the challenges of posting it in the photo/video section of the site, I have begun posting a weekly collection of my favorite rallies I witnessed. If anyone has other videos of rallies I missed, please contact me. If you want to see the videos in the full resolution and/or subscribe, check out the new SCTTC channel. Remember that you can click the icon to change the speed. We will use the Instagram feed mainly for photos. The first video is up from 1/18/2022.
I really want this table, but have nowhere to put it. Maybe someone at the club has space for it? The guy is located on Westside SC.
I was not knowledgeable about appropriate training for table tennis until I discovered the Norwegian site: fittoplay.org. I have yet to try these exercises, but it looks very well thought out (in English). Also appears to be free. Let me know if you try these out.
I’m sure there will be edited games, but if you want to watch the first ever USA-hosted World TT championship games live, looks like Youtube is the best. Already in progress!
A couple years ago, I posted a comparison of the weight of table tennis balls. Now that we have a new generation of balls, I figured I’d generate a new comparison. These are the four most recent balls I’ve purchased. I used a professional scale to weigh two balls of each type and find the mean.
First, the ITTF requirements
The official rules state that the ball shall weigh 2.7g, but any weight between 2.67 and 2.77g is acceptable for any one ball. No more than 1 ball out of the 24 sampled may be outside this range. The sample mean must be between 2.69 and 2.76g.
Second, the data
My data is based on weighing 2 balls of each variety, then doing a mean. So, yes, I have a smaller quantity sample (ITTF requirements are based on 24 balls), but I’m guessing that my random two balls measurement is representative. All balls were within the mean, so the weight difference between the balls is pretty damn small. All 40+.
Nittaku 40+ Premium White
Nittaku 40+ Orange Nexcel
Not really a big difference, but once again, the Nittaku 40+ Premium are the lightest. Weight isn’t the only variable that makes a great ball, but it is the only one I can measure.
Great chance to see players from around the world. First time the Finals will be played in the USA. Wish I could go… Tix are selling out, so grab them and get to TX for some pong and BBQ.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC). The best table tennis players from around the world will make their way to Houston, TX to compete for a championship title. This year the WTTC will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center from Nov. 23 – Nov. 29.
I recently updated the list of places to play with a few more Bay Area options I should have added long ago.
Update: New video posted of Swedish pro, Truls Moregardh, playing with the paddle.