Play Table Tennis for Fun and Sport Millions Around the World Already Do.

Table tennis is the most popular indoor sport in the world – for good reason. Easy to understand and play, at least at the friendly fun level, the game requires a relatively modest investment in equipment and is a great way to get active, especially during winter months.
 
Table Tennis Fundamentals
 
The basics involve two or four players (singles or doubles) using rackets to hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a hard table divided by a net. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules.
 
• The table and net. Official tables are 9 feet long x 5 feet wide x 30 inches high, made of wood, with a uniformly dark playing surface and 6-inch-high net. But as YiYe Wu, of DMI Sports, points out, different tables have varying properties. “To improve ball bounce, the best tables are thicker, with sturdier frames, and several layers of paint.” YiYe, who grew up in China playing table tennis, adds, “Some tables that come with ‘play back mode’ fold up on one end so players can practice alone.” Models at Dunham’s range from $150 to $500.
 
• The racket. Each player uses a laminated wooden racket (“paddle” in the U.S. and “bat” in the UK.) The blade averages 6.5 inches long by 6 inches wide, with rubber on one or both sides and a sponge layer underneath to dampen the impact of the ball. According to YiYe, handle shapes differ, so she recommends experimenting to find the best match for a player’s style of grip and play.
 
• The ball. International rules specify balls be 40 mm in diameter and made of high-bouncing air-filled celluloid or similar plastics weighing 2.7 grams. “Look for the stars,” advises YiYe. “Three-star balls are usually the best quality for better bounce and longer wear.”
 
Beyond the basics, players can invest in special shoes and clothing, robot ball launchers, instructional books and DVDs, coaching, club memberships, and more. Abundant information and resources can be found online.
 
Table Tennis Benefits
 
“One of the best things is the game can be enjoyed at any level of skill, by players of all ages and physical attributes,” comments YiYe. “Participants are active and moving, and the sport develops excellent hand-eye coordination. Those who want to progress can find clubs and tournaments throughout the country. Plus, families spend time together and friends socialize and have fun.” Forty million competitive and countless millions of recreational players worldwide agree – table tennis is a sport for all.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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A Merry Family Holiday Special

An activity and gift guide designed to bring the family together
 
The holidays are upon us, and for most of us, that means family time. But all too often that family time is fleeting. Time spent together may be limited to not much more than meals and exchanging gifts.
 
So what better way to bring everyone together than by choosing gifts that the family can enjoy together? Many outdoor and recreational activities are well suited to getting the gang together, and the holidays are a good time to put a family fun plan into action, a good time to “get in the game” with activities that include all. And if those activities mean getting up off the sofa and exerting oneself a bit, they can be beneficial in terms of health and fitness.
 
Today, ever more outdoor and indoor activities are geared toward family participation. A wide variety of games, sports, and leisure time activities are now designed to appeal to a wide cross section of adults and children. No longer do we get a sitter for the kids and head to the ski lift without them. Today, it’s all about doing it together.
 
The popularity of family activities is a trend that will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for many Americans. The emotional connection that can be established when a family plays together opens the door to better communication and establishes a high level of trust.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of gear for numerous family and individual activities. And all Dunham’s games and equipment are carefully selected from among the range of products available. When you shop at Dunham’s, you can be sure that every item in the store is a leader in its category.
 
On the following pages, we’ll provide a brief description of some family activity opportunities, along with gift ideas and some information about the best products in each category — products you’ll find at Dunham’s.
 
Holiday time is family time, so let’s all make a commitment to spend more time — quality time — with the people who are most important in our lives.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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