Oh how we all giggled when Boris proclaimed 'Wiff Waff is coming home', but one year after London hosted the 2012 Olympics, the nation is filled with table tennis lovers.
If all that running around Andy Murray-style looks a little hot and exhausting for you, but you enjoy the thrill of a furious rally, then ping pong is the sport for you.
It's a great game for all ages to enjoy together, and as such makes a fun addition to any family home.
Buying a table tennis table (try saying that three times fast) is a significant investment, so it's worth doing some reseach before making your purchase.
Here's a few points to consider before parting with your cash.
Do you want it to fold away for storage, or be a permanent fixture?
It's an attractive idea, having a foldable table, so when it's not in use you can free up the entire room that it occupies when you are playing. However, be realistic about the amount of effort it takes to pull the table out, set it up, then put it away again. Will this amount of preparation and tidying away put you off using the table? If your table is out all the time there will be plenty of spontaneous rallies, played on the spur of the moment, when you have just a few minutes to spare. Also consider that even when the table is folded away, it will still be a considerable size, so do you have somewhere suitable to store it?
On the other hand, think about what might happen if you leave the table out all of the time? If your family home is prone to clutter corners, are you going to use the table as yet another dumping ground, making it difficult to play a game when you want to? You can combat this problem by keeping a two baskets ontop of the table. One is for the table tennis bats and balls. The other basket if for clutter, so that when you want to use the table you need only temporarily move the basket, rather than transport a mountain of bits and bobs.
Do you want to use your ping pong table outdoors?
Of course you can take an indoor table and use it outdoors, if the weather is good enough. But regularly using an indoor table outdoors, will eventually damage it.
Outdoor tables are made differently to indoor tables. They are more expensive, but being able to leave them erected on your patio gives you plenty of opportunity for spontaneous ping pong games, without needing to give up a room in your house.
Outdoor table tennis tables are designed to endure all the weather our British climate can throw at it, but naturally the table will last longer if you protect it with a purpose built cover, and/or you store it in a shed or garage over the winter.
Other points to consider:
- If you like top practive solo, look for a folding table, that allows you to prop one half up and use it as a backboard to practice against.
- Before you buy, make sure you know what the price includes so you are not disappointed on delivery. You will need a net, at least two bats, and some ping pong balls.
- Look for a ping pong table with wheels, as these will make it much easier to move out of the way when not in use.
We stock both indoor and outdoor table tennis tables, plus a selection of accessories.