Michael Jackson of Table Tennis

Table Tennis Rules

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Asked 13 years ago

My wife went back to her mum's for 10 days and I took advantage of this time by playing ridiculous amounts of table tennis.  Hours and hours of unadulterated pounding table tennis has really improved my game noticeably, but towards the end of it I ended up with a raw red, peeling, calloused hand.  A few days rest and it gets better but as soon as I play again the sensitivity and soreness returns. 

This presented a problem with the TTACT tournament fast approaching (it was held last weekend).  In desperation, I ended up wearing a golf glove on my right hand and this worked fantastically.  My hand was still sore, but it was bearable and it didn't get worse over the two days...and I ended up with a couple of new trophies to add to my trophy cabinet (winner division 3 singles, runner up division 3 doubles).

The point of this long-winded intro is...are there any rules/regulations against wearing a glove in table tennis?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Ji-Soo,

I don't think there is any rule about using a glove.  In fact one of the girls I coach uses one when competing.  She plays in Class 6 singles in Athletes with a Disability events.

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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 13 years ago

Tell me it wasn't a white glove :) That is a very funny story Ji-Soo. Oh and congratulations on your new trophies too! Seriously though, I remember when I was training a lot I would always have calluses on my hands. Your body gets used to it pretty quickly if you keep up the training and so it isn't usually a problem.

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 13 years ago

Thanks Jeff!

Considering that the 2007 TTACT tournament was my first return to table tennis after a 20 year break, the 2008 tournament marked the one year anniversary of my comeback.  In last year's tournament I entered the division 4 singles and got beaten in the first round!

After that inauspicious start, I joined pennant competition in ACT this year (your old haunt), played a season of division 4 and got upgraded to division 3, and am just completing a season of division 3 and hopeful of being upgraded to division 2 next year.  Still on track to achieve my goal of reaching division 1 before I hit 40!


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