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P - I - N - G Dammit, your serve... OUTSIDE FUN

TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonightHas stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
edited August 2010 in Singularity Engine++
I have finally started taking advantage of the presence of 2 ping pong tables out on the back deck of my place of employment.

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I am hooked, but I am also terrible. I am trying to use this "pen hold" grip, and so far my results are mixed.

Around here we have extremely casual players who just take their beer outside, set it on the table and just volley back and forth while they chat with each other. There are other people who feel the need to turn it into a drinking game and attempt to hit each others glasses and force the opponent to drink.

Then there are people like myself and friends who really enjoy this and are trying to get better but aren't too good and don't really take it seriously.

Further up the scale, there are those people who have been playing forever and just destroy you, but it makes you feel better if you get some points at least.

OFFICIAL RULES

Wikipedia, just because, y'know...

Basically, this is the closest thing to an outdoor "sport" with "rules" that I have participated in since high school.

Is anyone else into this? Do you play on teams for sport and fun in the summertime? Year round?

GIVE ME ADVICE AT BEING BETTER AT TABLE TENNIS.

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  • SwillSwill Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    i play hockey and i love it

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  • jaziekjaziek Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    As good old Boris Johnson once said.

    We invented table tennis, it was called Wiff Waff.

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  • FlatEricFlatEric Leaves from the vine, Falling so slow Like fragile, tiny shells, Drifting in the foamRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    They have a couple of ping pong tables outside one of the tutoring centers near a few tables at my college. It's a pretty fun way to pass some time inbetween classes. Everyone else thinks so too, so they're generally in use most of the time.

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Funny, we had a ping-pong tournament with all 26 people in my extended family while I was on vacation and that was honestly the first time I realized that, you know... ping pong has rules and gameplay beyond "hit ball back and forth."

    It also turns out that I am related to a number of ping-pong sharks.

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  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I used to take advantage of the ping pong table we had at school, but stupid fuckers broke it and now it is slanted and I hate little kids.
    Sports? I run in a circle as fast as I can. I am decent at it.

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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
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  • FlatEricFlatEric Leaves from the vine, Falling so slow Like fragile, tiny shells, Drifting in the foamRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Only ping pong I'm good at.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    See, if I weren't stuck in the kitchen right now (and there were someone who would play) I would be out there right now on this gorgeous day.

    But noooooooooooooooooooo.

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  • Captain UltraCaptain Ultra low resolution pictures of birds Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    my grandmother used to play in ping pong tournaments in the 50s and 60s for money. She wasn't professional or anything, she would just win the local bar tournament. When she found out that we had a table in our basement this 4th of July, she started coaching everyone. Right now, I'm the leader in our family league.

    I never got the whole 'play-for-serve' thing though, and if someone insists on doing it, I usually purposely fail to return it. I just odn't think it gives that much of a strategic advantage.

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I didn't know play-for-serve existed until they told us to start playing my first ping-pong match in the tournament and then took the ball away and said I got to serve.

    I was like wait what

    that was the game

    I won

    ...that said outdoor fun is the best kind of fun! I do a lot of hiking and jogging around here, because I live on a fucking mountain and what else do you do on a mountain, after all. Also riding my bike was bitching rad when I was six and is still bitching rad twenty years later, so I do that as often as I can.

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  • Beef AvengerBeef Avenger Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Hey guys lets bust out some beer pong

    no wait, beer darts. Beer darts is better

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  • Captain UltraCaptain Ultra low resolution pictures of birds Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Home rules on ping pong can get kind of ridiculous. Its not Monopoly-level bad, but yeah... Like in PATV, they do five sets of eleven points? Crazy.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Home rules on ping pong can get kind of ridiculous. Its not Monopoly-level bad, but yeah... Like in PATV, they do five sets of eleven points? Crazy.

    I think that those are the ITTF official rules, or something.

    You alternate serve every 2 points as well.

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  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    edited August 2010
    I have started playing this at school about 4 months ago, and my building conveniently got a table in the common room about the same time. Larlar and I play occasionally and there is a lot of yelling and I usually lose.

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  • FandeathisFandeathis Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Use it to play beer pong.

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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The key is to aim for the eyes.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The key is to aim for the eyes.

    Sometimes people will play and set their drink on the table somewhere.

    Then my strategy changes to aim for their drink, because they will second guess themselves and not want to spill their drink.

    8-)

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  • Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
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  • GeoMitchGeoMitch Registered User
    edited August 2010
    ping pong is the billet

    i am also good at it which makes it 2x better

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited August 2010
    I golfed today, but I don't know if that qualified as outdoor "fun"

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I played a bunch of ping pong in college. There was a table in the CS labs at my school. I miss playing a bunch :(

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  • SwillSwill Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    tonnkkaa you are not good at ping pong according to that video

    how do you respond to that videos accusations

    *point microphone at you*

    no sir, not at all, this interviewer is not challenging you

    please sir, i am not one for ping pong

    siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Anyone wanna shoot some hoops?

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Swill wrote: »
    i play hockey and i love it

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  • SwillSwill Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    sometimes pipe and i will pm each other

    and that is all it says

    "i play hockey and i love it"

    and we will just quote each other quoting the other one

    into forever

    or one of us finishes

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  • LarlarLarlar consecutive normal brunches Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited August 2010
    bombardier wrote: »
    I have started playing this at school about 4 months ago, and my building conveniently got a table in the common room about the same time. Larlar and I play occasionally and there is a lot of yelling and I usually lose.

    The yelling is the best part and should become an official rule of ping pong games everywhere.

    Also we should play again soon.

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  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    soccer rules and next season cant start soon enough

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    #pipe wrote: »
    Swill wrote: »
    i play hockey and i love it

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Seriously though I always loved taking free throws for shits and giggles in gym class.

    Basketball seems so fun.

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited August 2010
    I used to play little league (baseball, son) and we used to play street hockey and street basketball and street football in our neighborhood

    shit was rad

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  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I used to play little league (baseball, son) and we used to play street hockey and street basketball and street football in our neighborhood

    shit was rad

    Street hockey, huh?

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    CAAAAAR.



    GAME ON!

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  • HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    #pipe wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    Swill wrote: »
    i play hockey and i love it

    Well Kevin Smith likes hockey so

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  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I used to play little league (baseball, son) and we used to play street hockey and street basketball and street football in our neighborhood

    shit was rad

    Street hockey, huh?

    waynehockey.jpg

    CAAAAAR.



    GAME ON!

    dangit now I gotta watch it over and over THANKS A LOT

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  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I used to play little league (baseball, son) and we used to play street hockey and street basketball and street football in our neighborhood

    shit was rad

    Street hockey, huh?

    waynehockey.jpg

    CAAAAAR.



    GAME ON!

    dangit now I gotta watch it over and over THANKS A LOT

    It's my job. Everyone forever watching Wayne's World 1 and 2 as often as they can. That is my goal.

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  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    you make this world a better place, crawford

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  • HellaJeffHellaJeff FAB FRESH RAIIINBOOWWWWWRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I love ping pong, when I want on a cruise all I did was play ping pong with canadians

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited August 2010
    SPIN SERVE

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  • UlisesUlises Registered User
    edited August 2010
    yers

    that's how you win

    spin serves

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I could never get the hang of spins. Was a big fan of those fast low to the table shots though.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Swill wrote: »
    tonnkkaa you are not good at ping pong according to that video

    how do you respond to that videos accusations

    *point microphone at you*

    no sir, not at all, this interviewer is not challenging you

    please sir, i am not one for ping pong

    siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir

    Oh shit, that was my birthday back in June.

    I, um... may have been, er, FUCKING POLLUTED. I think that was after about 8 shots of Rumple Mintz.

    Luke you are a glorious asshole for posting that, and I heart you.

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