The Ping Pong Psych-Out
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Article Title: The Ping Pong Psych-Out
Author: Andy Meredith
Category: Recreation > Sports > Games
Word Count: 604
Author's Email Address: bart at yardgamecentral.com
Article Source: http://www.yardgamecentral.com
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The Ping Pong Psych-Out
I am a total nerd for table tennis, or ping pong as I like to call it.
I'm the guy who holds the paddle in that weird grip with my fingers
spread out over the back side of the thing and my thumb and pointer
finger making a circle. Don't act like you haven't tried it. It's
easy, just make the "OK" signal with your hand and stick the handle of
the paddle in the circle of your finger and thumb from the palm side
and hold on tight. This grip helps a lot with putting spin, or
English, on the ball. It also makes you look like you know what you
are doing even if you don't. I guess you win either way. This way,
when you are getting set to play someone for the first time you can
confidently stride up to the table and grasp the paddle in this cool
manner, all the while looking down your nose and thinking to yourself,
"look at them pawing their ping pong paddle like a five-year old, and
me here with my awesome skills". You have already won the mental
battle, and that is vital for a hard-core ponger. Of course, they
could be thinking "look at this dork trying to impress me with some
cheesy paddle-grip, and what is he looking at on his nose". But as
long as they don't say anything out loud, you're good to go.
Trust me on this I know because it has happened to me. Recently I was
hanging out at a party, just chillin', listening to music, talking to
someone, having some chips, and then I noticed the ping pong table in
the corner. "Who wants a piece?" I asked, almost involuntarily. Almost
instantaneously some other guy, feeling that his manhood had been
challenged, said "let's do this". I could feel everyone else rolling
their eyes and thinking "there goes the party", but it could have been
worse. I could have been the guy at the party who grabs a guitar and
sits on one side of the room all night playing the same four songs
that everyone knows as he longingly gazes into your girlfriend's eyes
while singing "I could be your hero baby". You all know at least one
of those guys. I mean, I play the guitar fairly well, but c'mon bro,
we all know what you are trying to do. But I digress, let's get back
to pong. So this dude saunters over to the table tennis table to meet
me and we lock eyes in a pre-serve stare-down. Without moving his eyes
the guy picks up the paddle in this cool grip with his fingers spread
out on the back of the thing. "Crap", I thought and handed the paddle
off to some other male who wants to prove his rank in the herd.
To be perfectly honest, I don't really know the proper way to keep
score. Typically I just take turns serving, with each player getting
five serves per turn. First one to fifteen wins, with the game point
having to come on the serve of my opponent. This may or may not be the
proper way to keep score, I make no promises. In fact, if you are
planning on entering a tourney or challenging someone at a party,
please look into the real rules so that you don't get embarrassed.
Even if you don't play by the rules it is a fun game. Table tennis is
definitely worth checking out. And if you turn out to be a sub-par
player, there's always guitar.
Andy Meredith is a passionate yard game writer for Yard Game Central,
http://www.yardgamecentral.com His expertise is Table Tennis.
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