Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table Review


In case you happened to be looking for an outdoor table tennis table that can withstand with all sorts of weather conditions, then you can consider of getting this Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table.

The table is cater for anyone who love to play the game of ping pong outside of their house. The blue table top that features in this table look very neat and clean. The frame is coated in sharp white color and it is attach to a sturdy transportation system in the casters.

Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table

Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table

You can have the table in full assembled. When you have the table fully setup, you can play the game and have it store easily after play. The playback system is having in place from the separately folding halves. With such design, your kids can have plenty of time to practice the game and improve the skill in very short time.

The folding parts as well as assembly system of the two halves make most of the customers feel happy when they get the table. This table is firm and very sturdy. It is of heavy duty and you will expect the table to last for very long time. As an outdoor table set, it is constructed with weatherp;roffing surface and also surdy aluminium frame.

Net and Post Provided

Not like some other tables where you need to buy the net and post separately, The Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table is having the net and post send to you together when you buy the table. This can ease your life and you play the game right away once you have it setup.

The table is constructed of premium outdoor grade material and it will stand for heavy duty as well as different weather conditions. It is readily to get through the time with you and you can have all the equipment of the table to still functioning well after couple of years. The post is specially built with a threaded clamp attachment system and the purpose for it to be designed in this way is to ease you to put on and take off.

More Features

When you receive the table, you will be able to enjoy playing the game outdoor and inhale the fresh air. The composite aluminum plastic table top is coated with blue to that is of 6mm thickness. The silk screen tournament lines is designed with the consideration of withstanding the outside environment. The material being used in manufacturing the table is warping resistant.

In addition, the table can also resist to rust with its powder-coated metal undercarriage. The frame chassis boat steel legs with levelers are good in supporting the table. The trolley system wheels are features with ball bearing casters and locks. This make the casters very sturdy and very easy for you to move them anywhere.

To further improve the bounce quality, the table is as well featured with anti-tilting action. Moreover, you can also find the 1.5” steel apron and a 2-piece folding design for the table.

Thus, there are a lot of people recommend this Stiga XTR Outdoor Table Tennis Table because of the great chain reaction here. The table is very good looking and the transportation of the table is a breeze. You can find this table is rather easy to move without much effort. And the best thing after all is the benefit of the quick play function.

If this table is not what you looking for, you may refer to this best outdoor table tennis table reviews on various other ping pong table models and pick the right one for yourself.


Volleyball History The Early stages And Its Advancement


Volleyball is definitely a well-known sport today. There are many intramural teams and as well top level teams all over the world. But, where and when did this popular sport begin? The background of volleyball is interesting, it is interesting to view its simple beginnings, the adjustments that it gone through, and all of the volleyball facts as time passes.

William G. Morgan Wikipedia

The guy who invented volleyball is William G Morgan. He was actually a sports instructor at the Young Mens Christian Association, often known as YMCA. Originally the YMCA presented a new game which we all know today as basketball. Morgan found the physical contact of basketball and also the fast pace tired the older businessmen that loved participating in the games. Thus, he created a new game having significantly less contact and much less court movements that he called mintonette. This game eventually become the game of volleyball.

Morgan tried the sport along with people in YMCA for approximately 12 months until he decided to show it to a team of YMCA physical education directors. In 1896 the sport of mintonette was offered to the directors and they suggested that he change the label to volley ball considering that the game consisted of volleying the ball in between the two over the net. The first official volleyball game was played out in 1896 in Springfield College.

History of volleyball reveals that Morgans previous sport of mintonette resembled the sport of badminton. Its played in a rectangular court with a net on the center of the court. The teams were separated making sure that theres no physical contact with the opposite team at all each team was positioned on either sides of the net. Players will utilize their hands to beat the ball back and forth across the net. The ball should continue to be in play until finally its missed and touch the floor. Scores can be gained when the other players could not return back the ball.

As volleyball history went on, the regulations transformed a little and became far more specified. Officials together with YMCA made a rule book that provided details about the court dimension, ball size, as well as scoring method. It ultimately transformed into what you may identify as volleyball right now.

Beverly D. has been a coach assistant for the pro-volleyball squad in Florida

What is the Throw Angle of Butterfly Tenergy


A breakdown of the definition of throw angle by Greg Letts

One of the tenergy club member recently asked what is low, medium and high throw, so before I answer this question it is important to have a look at what google already has on offer to give us a definition of throw angle.  OK I am searching now searching now and…..

Oh wow, the number 1 ranked explanation is by my mate Greg Letts, our Guide! Great we are going to be in for a deep treat now.

(All in italics is Greg Letts work)

Definition: The throw angle of a rubber is whether the rubber tends to ‘throw’ the ball higher or lower when making the same stroke.

  • Totally agree with this first sentence.

Given the same return from your opponent, and the same stroke by you, a rubber that puts the ball in the net is considered to have a ‘lower throw’ than a rubber than puts the ball on the table. For the same circumstances, a rubber that puts the ball off the end of the table is considered to have a ‘high throw’.

  • I’m not totally happy with this though.   What lands on your opponent’s side of the table depends on your skill level and what you are used to.  A ball going into the net could mean your rubber is too tacky or slow and will not reach their side.  It could also mean your blade is too slow for the rubber.  The most incorrect part of the explanation is the part about going off the end of the table.
  • A ball will often go off the end of the table no matter which throw you use.  It all depends on stroke.  Low throw rubbers go off the table more because Low throw is considered faster with less spin.  They are faster since they go from A to B in a straight line.   But because they have less spin and can only draw a straighter line, the choices of ball placement are much less, and are pretty much confined to near the base line.  Low throw rubbers are usually not recommended for players wanting to learn to loop.  Low Throw rubbers are hard to loop onto the table because the rubbers a harder and has less spin to arc the ball.  Low throw rubbers also must be taken from the height of the bounce to be attacked.

You will sometimes hear players talk about ‘degrees of throw’ – basically a rubber than puts the ball low has a low degree of throw, and vice versa. Generally, low throw rubbers have degrees of throw in the 30s, while 40-44 degrees of throw is roughly a medium throw rubber, and higher than 44 degrees of throw is typically considered a high throw rubber. These numbers are not exact, and may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. This throw angle is not an exact science (contrary to what you might think from reading on the various forums!), but more of a comparative feel between different rubbers.

  •  What ever you do, don’t make a mistake of reading the degrees listed above as the degrees you find on a table tennis rubber packet.  Every time I have ever heard the word degree used in numbers it has never been about throw angle.  For throw angles we just say low, medium-low, medium, medium-high, high.  Something like that.  Any numbers as listed above are ridiculously misleading. The softer the sponge or the lower degrees of sponge hardness – for example a 30 degree sponge usually gives a higher throw angle degree.  So when it says 30 degrees on the packet the throw angle is higher.  So when you read on the packet 45 degrees, this is a harder rubber with a higher degree of hardness but a much lower throw angle.
  • If you are not sure of which hardness to buy always go the middle path and don’t forget that your blade will also alter how it plays.

A rubber with a high throw is not better or worse than a rubber with a low throw, it is just different.

  • Well said

Generally, low throw rubbers are considered to be easier to play with against topspin, while high throw rubbers are supposed to be able to lift backspin over the net more easily.

  • Not so well said.  Tenergy 05 rubber has an incredibly high throw angle and Tenergy 05 or 64 are the best counter topspinning rubbers on the market.  Low throw rubbers are best know for their more hit or drive style of play and because they require the user to contact the ball at the top of the bounce, they are best suited to players very close to the table.  Tenergy 25 is an example of that.
tenergy 05 rubber

tenergy 05 rubber

I would recommend a high throw rubber to a beginner before a low throw, especially if the beginner wants to learn to loop.


How to Build a Ping Pong Table


Ping pong or table tennis, as the sport is called, is played on a table of 9 feet in length, 5 feet in width and 2.5 feet in height, according to the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The ping pong table should be made from masonite or similarly manufactured timber, having a layer of smooth, low-friction coating. The table is divided into two halves by a 6 inch high net.

build tt table

build tt table

Normally, the ping pong table is manufactured as several separate parts that could be easily assembled into a fully functional ping pong table. A standard ping pong table consists of the following components.

  • A 5/8 inch black top with edgebanding and striping
  • A 2 inch steel support apron
  • 1½ inch round steel legs
  • 2 inch double wheel castors
  • Corner pads for added protection and to prevent snags
  • A 66 inch tension adjust performance net and posts
  • A paddle pouch
  • Playback and storage positions

In a few competition ping pong tables, the steel support apron is made of ¾ inch steel. The steel legs are of 1 inch self-opening ‘U’ type. The chassis is provided with a support panel. Most of them contain a 1 inch tournament grade blue laminate top and a 2¼ inch wood support apron for extra table support and a 2 inch square self-opening legs, as well as 4 inch ball bearing wheel castors for easy mobility. Nearly all the ping pong tables are provided with leg levelers on the bottom of the legs, so that the levelers could be screwed in or out to maintain the height of the table at its standard 2.5 feet above the floor.

The most famous ping pong table manufacturers are Stiga, Joola, Tibhar, Butterfly, Killerspin, and Kettler, as well as the first table tennis equipment manufacturer, Jaques. All of them have several models that suit the level of the player. Learners could use the cheaper models that contain ¾ inch table tops, while the more serious tournament level players could opt for the costlier models that have 1 inch thick tops.

The finish on the table top should be smooth and even, without patches or rough spots. Normally, high density resin laminate tops of melamine are used in ping pong table construction. Further, according to the ITTF rules, the ball should bounce a minimum of 23 cm in every spot of the top, when a standard ball is dropped on the top from a height of 30 cm.

If you wish to construct your own ping pong table, there are several sites on the Internet that provide details of the construction as well as the tools and materials required for the construction. Even the large-scale retailers like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot have all the supplies required for the construction of a ping pong table. Such a ping pong table could be home-constructed for about $75 or even less. The main tools required for ping pong table construction are a circular jaw and an electric drill. The do-it-yourself ping pong table construction details are available on the Internet for about $10 and they provide step by step format that are easy to follow and execute, with ample illustrations of color photographs and diagrams.

Are Raichle Boots Losing Ground?


We have worn several pairs of Raichle boots over the years and always found them to be great light weight boots and very comfortable. They were wide fitting and had a roomy toe cap. Besides, they are always design in great quality and I always feel safe when I have these pair put on my feet.

However, the tread wore down quickly and changes in design resulted in the sole being less stiff.

Hi-Tec Women's Skamania Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot

More recently we have experienced the sole coming away from the boot after less than two years and this is quite shocking us.

Whilst shopping round for replacement boots we found that some previous main suppliers had ceased to stock the brand all together. We are quite desperate and we even spent quite a lot of time to search around and gather are the information that we can get to know if we can get a replacement for the boots that we need quite desperately.

We have now heard that they have linked up with Mammut in some way. Let us hope that we will see a distinct improvement to a revamped range of boots. And hopefully the quality will not getting deteriorate after the linke up. We are still big fans of them and wouldn’t easily get shifted to other brands which we feel they are  quite strange for us.

Meindl Hiking Boots

In the meantime David’s wife has bought Meindl boots – Burma Lady Pro MFS, and so far they seem comfortable and well suited to mountain walking having recently summitted 13 tops over 3000 feet soon after purchase.

The Meindl boot comes with a gore-tex lining and the leather upper gives good support and has a rubber rand to protect the leather. The vibram sole and air active footbed provides stiffness and good support on mountain terrain. We will let you know how the new boots perform over the next few months.

Jump Lunges in Plyometric


The jump lunges is a great exercise to increase vertical jump and prevent injuries. This exercise is beneficial as it works each leg in isolation as well as improves the stabilization muscles of the knee and balance. Strengthening the knee stabilizer muscles is important aspect of knee injury prevention. This exercise will help to improve performance in sports like soccer, volleyball and weightlifting. The muscles engaged by the split squat jump are the quadriceps, hip flexors, knee stabilizers and glutes. Before performing the split squat jump, a warm-up should be done in order to prevent injuries. The suggested exercise amount is 4 sets, 10-12 repetitions (reps).

jump lunges

jump lunges

Equipment: None

Starting Position: Stand with feet spread apart, one in front and one in the back. The front leg should be bent 90 degrees at the hip and 90 degrees at the knee. Note: The front knee should not go past the front toes in order to prevent injury.

Action: Jump off the ground with the help of the arms to get lift. When in the air switch the legs so that when landing, the front leg is now in the back leg position and vice-versa. Land in the same position and immediately repeat the jump after landing. Alternate legs after every jump. Note: The front knee should not go past the front toes in order to prevent injury.

Target Muscle Groups: Quadriceps, hip flexors, knee stabilizer muscles and glutes

The History of Ping Pong Rackets


The game of ping pong today has suffered a couple of modifications from its original form that the English military officers in the late nineteen century first played. Back then only the aristocrats and high class society members were able to play what was known as Whiff-Whaff or Gossima. However, nowadays everyone around the globe can play the game of ping pong because all you actually need is an empty table and a couple of ping pong rackets. Ping pong can be played by both recreational and professional players as it is a sport that has been admitted into the Olympics since 1988.

The very first game of ping pong was played with whatever those bored military officers found in their reach. Therefore, the first ping pong rackets consisted of cigar box covers, the net was created out of a careful arrangement of a pile of books, while the balls were carved out of champagne corks. However, nowadays the equipment necessary for playing the game is affordable and can be found virtually in any sport store. Nonetheless, bored people that are too lazy to go to the store still improvise, even though the quality of a ping pong game played with books as paddles and a paper ball is not the same.

table tennis history

table tennis history

Because the cigar box covers used as ping pong rackets were very unpractical and imprecise, the need for the first official paddles was imperious. The early tennis table bats were manufactured out of cardboard that was covered with sandpaper, cloth and even leather. Other early models included rackets in the form of small drums that had velum stretched over the casing. All these early models of different sizes would normally create a sound that nowadays is known as ping pong.

However, the very first ping pong rackets that can be considered the ancestors of the modern paddles were developed in the early twenty century. Goode had the idea of creating a paddle from gluing together two sheets of pimpled rubber on a wooden blade. Soon after he designed this paddle the first unofficial ping pong championship took place and twenty years later the idea of an official tournament and a ping pong association was born.

Soon after ping pong started having official tournaments in England, in the USA B. Hock started exploring the different ways this game can be played, thus the first defensive paddle was designed. Even though the defensive ping pong rackets were stiffer and could be adapted to offensive playing styles as well, Haroi Satoh though that he can introduce more fun into the game if the paddles were to make the ball spin more. Thus he designed the first foam rubber paddle that allowed the game to be played faster and with more spin.

Ever since Haroi Satoh’s paddle was designed, the game captured the attention of more and more people. This game is such an attraction that billion dollars industries exist only from manufacturing ping pong equipment. Nowadays it is even considered normal for a household to have a ping pong table if they have the space to deposit it.

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