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Table Tennis Discussion

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somshankar chatterjee

somshankar chatterjee Asked 11 years ago

Do you think that 11 point game system is better than 21 point game system? if yes then please sepcify me in details.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

I personally like the game being played up to 21. But I think that is because I grew up with that system of scoring. You can read my thoughts on it in my blog Bring back games up to 21.

However I think I am in the minority so I better get used to games up to 11. Most players I ask enjoy the game being played up to 11 and a lot of them have never played a game up to 21. The rules have been in place over 9 years now.

What do other people think? Should Table Tennis be played up to 11 or 21? 


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Samuel Lim

Samuel Lim Posted 11 years ago

as for me.... i like the 21 scoring rule though i grew up with the 11scoring rule.... the 21 scoring rule could really bring out the best in both players.

Jesus Calle

Jesus Calle Posted 11 years ago

I think that 21 is more boring for the spectator. Also I think that the matches should be, by rule, at least, won by the best of five games.  For amateurs there are lot of tournaments played to the best of three.

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Don't you think that playing until 21 is very tiring? I still prefer the short-and-sweet 11 points rule. I personally thinks that the 21 points is very tiring and if one player is more physically fit than the other, wouldnt he get more advantage? In addition, if one player is weak and gets tired easily, wouldnt' he be in a disavantage?

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Don't you think that playing until 21 is very tiring? I still prefer the short-and-sweet 11 points rule. I personally thinks that the 21 points is very tiring and if one player is more physically fit than the other, wouldnt he get more advantage? In addition, if one player is weak and gets tired easily, wouldnt' he be in a disavantage?

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Don't you think that playing until 21 is very tiring? I still prefer the short-and-sweet 11 points rule. I personally thinks that the 21 points is very tiring and if one player is more physically fit than the other, wouldnt he get more advantage? In addition, if one player is weak and gets tired easily, wouldnt' he be in a disavantage?

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Don't you think that playing until 21 is very tiring? I still prefer the short-and-sweet 11 points rule. I personally thinks that the 21 points is very tiring and if one player is more physically fit than the other, wouldnt he get more advantage? In addition, if one player is weak and gets tired easily, wouldnt' he be in a disavantage?

Curtis Lewis

Curtis Lewis Posted 11 years ago

Sam, one of the main aspects of sports is physical fitness.  The 21 point scoring does kinda give the more athletic player an advantage, which may be one of the reasons why it was changed to 11 in the first place.  I originally played to 21, but I think the 11 point scoring is better, because it cuts down significantly on the mental and "comeback" game, which I have a lot of problems with.  I usually start getting sloppy after getting a 10 point lead or so, and end up losing the game, so I like 11 better.  Also, it allows for shorter games where you can take a little break and think over your mistakes and your opponent's playing for better adjustments. 

Curtis Lewis

Curtis Lewis Posted 11 years ago

So yeah, 21 points is a bit more tiring...

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Well, thanks, Curtis, for agreeing with what I said. But if there's no choice in the future, I agreed with you that halway through the 21 points game, both players can take a short break and come back later.

usman rauf

usman rauf Posted 11 years ago

i thnk 21 gam is betr cz if u r losing u hav ample time to turn the tables around..

usman rauf

usman rauf Posted 11 years ago

21 points gam shoudnt b tiring 4 the peple who like this game. cz i love this gam and i can play 50 point gam esily...its all about passion..

andrew brand

andrew brand Posted 11 years ago

11 is a short game and over in about 5 minutes usually. but 21 seems very long if u are used to 11. maybe a score in between like 15 would be a good idea?

Curtis Lewis

Curtis Lewis Posted 11 years ago

Well, if you're dashing back and forth while wildly swinging your arms and twisting your torso, it can get a bit taxing after so many rallies.  Just my honest opinion.  Lol, I think ITTF is going to stick with the "1" digit thingy.  But 15 does sound a bit possible for future reference. 

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Usman, I agree with you that in the 21 point system, its more exciting and fun. And the "on the verge of losing" player and turn the table around. But I find that beginners will get tired easily and if the other player is ruthless, the starting player will receive alot of topspin and attacking balls and maybe, he'll lose in 21-8. I think this will make him feel disenchanted with the game and will belive that they are not good and the game isnt fun, and they will not realise thier full potential. Also, 15 sounded pretty okay to me.

usman rauf

usman rauf Posted 11 years ago

o yeah 15 sounds good...and ys Sam u r rite abt bigenners...:(

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Thanks, I appreciate it. Usman.


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