Table Tennis, Anyone?

The warmer months of spring and summer are great for a game of tennis outside. But what do you do when the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling? You bring the tennis inside with table tennis!
 
A report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association shows that people of all ages enjoy playing table tennis, and it continues to maintain its popularity. It can even be a great way to get physical activity for everyone in the home! And you don’t have to be an experienced athlete to play.
 
You don’t have to give up tennis in the winter! Get yourself and your family a table tennis table at Dunham’s Sports so you can keep the fun going all year long.
“Table tennis is a great recreational sport for all ages and skill levels and is perfect for the upcoming winter months when you want an indoor activity that really heats things up,” said Nick Martin of Escalade Sports.
 
Find the Table for You
 
Escalade Sports offers its line of Prince tables at Dunham’s Sports, with all new options for this season. You can find options with different table thickness, apron thickness, leg size and wheel size. And there are plenty of options to fit your preference! Prince tables also have a mode so that you can play on your own.
 
“Table tennis is great for families that are looking for an alternative activity to video games and TV that gets kids up and moving and interacting with one another,” said Martin.
 
One new model available at Dunham’s is the Prince Evolution. This is the most premium model offered at Dunham’s. It has a 1-inch black top, a 2.5-inch steel apron, 2-inch steel legs and 5-inch rubber wheels. It also has a storage tray for balls and paddles. The Prince Fusion Elite also offers paddle and ball storage, along with a 0.75-inch black top, a 2-inch steel apron, 2-inch steel legs and 3-inch wheels.
 
Also available is the Prince Sport. This table features a 0.5-inch black top, 0.75-inch metal apron, 1-inch legs and 2-inch wheels with locks. The Prince Champ is also new. It has paddle and ball storage, a 0.625-inch top, a 1.5-inch metal apron, 1.5-inch metal legs and 2-inch wheels.
 
If you live in a climate where you can be comfortable outside in the winter—or you just really love the snow!—you can check out the Prince Element Outdoor, with a composite aluminum tabletop suitable for any weather. This model also has a metal apron, 1.5-inch legs, 4-inch wheels with locks and an all-weather net and post. The wheels are durable so the table can be moved over different terrains.
 
“All of the Prince table tennis tables in the Dunham’s line would be great for a family home,” said Martin. “This line offers a range of performance characteristic to fit any family’s budget.”
 
To go with your Prince table, you can pick up new balls and paddles at Dunham’s as well!
 
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Get going with a table tennis table at Dunham’s Sports!
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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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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