Riley Draper

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Articles by Riley Draper

The Forehand Flick

How to Spin a Ping Pong Ball

If you are an aspiring ping pong player, learning to confuse your opponent with trick shots can help you take the step from beginner to...
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How Are Ping Pong Balls Made?

You would be amazed to see how many processes are required for making a perfectly shaped, seamless ping pong ball fit for the best players...
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Why Do Ping Pong Balls Burn?

Until 2014, ping pong balls were made of highly flammable materials. Balls could unexpectedly explode or combust when struck by a bat, making an already...
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What is a Table Tennis Robot?

Have you ever been disappointed by your ping pong coach or your friends complaining about hurting shoulders when you are not even close to giving...
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How Many Serves Do You Get in Ping Pong?

Let’s look at the process of deciding who will get the first serve in a ping pong game before discussing the number of serves each...
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What is a Skunk in Ping Pong?

The International Table Tennis Federation publishes a book of official rules, which are updated frequently. Now, anybody who thinks they’ll find a reference to a...
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What is the Size & Weight of a Ping Pong Ball?

Ping pong is a global sport played all over the world. More than 220 member countries are part of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)....
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How Much Do Ping Pong Players Make?

Much like professional boxers, golfers and cyclists, ping pong players -- or table tennis, as professional players prefer to call their sport -- will only...
The Forehand Flick

Where Does the Term Ping Pong Come From?

Saying the name, Ping Pong is oddly deceptive. It doesn’t allow you to assume its origin. Although it is the national game of China, those...
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What is a Ping Pong Ball Made Of?

The International Table Tennis Federation Museum shows the earliest version of tabletop ping pong dating back to the late 19th century. What were ping pong...