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Our Schedule of Sessions
Tuesday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
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We give preference to singles games on Thursday. Singles offer more opportunity to develop skills than doubles. But depending on how many show up, we might cave in and play doubles.
Buy Your Own Paddle?
Consider buying your own paddle. You will find that you can typically get better spin action with a premium quality paddle compared to the beginner models we have on hand.
Here are three models that one of our members suggests, with Amazon prices as of May 22, 2015 shown: Stiga Supreme ($36.19), DHS x series ($35.99), and Killerspin Jet 200 ($31.51).
Ken Gorman and Joe Macher both purchased the Stigma Supreme paddle and are happy with it, although Ken is not that happy with Joe usually beating him.
Our Doubles Rules
Because we are mostly interested in casual play, we generally don't rigidly enforce rules. We expect compliance, but feel players should be responsible for knowing the rules and complying. (Click the link below to access the ITTF rules.)
One area of debate is the serve. Most of us played decades ago when there were no specific rules about how the ball is held and released at the time of contact with the paddle. One could impart exceptional spin on the ball with that freedom.
The ITTF developed rules to bring that under control. Specifically, see section 2.6 of the rules (click the link below to access all the rules).
We understand that those who played back then have never been required to adhere to the new rules, and may have trouble adapting to the current rules. We don't mind new players to the club serving the "old way" so long as they make progress in complying over time. We are generally satisfied if the player uses the "open hand" toss of the ball, and not much concerned about the height of the toss, as long as it is clear the hand no longer has contact with the ball at the moment the ball is being struck.
We also have chosen to alter the service routine to bring greater variety to the play. Specifically, in games to 11 where players serve twice before the serve moves to another player, the first serve is from the server's right side court to the opponents' right side court (diagonal) and the second serve is from the server's left court to the opponents' left court. This approach means the server serves to both opponents and is able to use serves that work better from one side versus the other.