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When I was growing up every Sunday we used to have a game of table tennis on the dining room table. This actually is one of my fondest memories of my childhood - us all gathering around to play the game. A couple of years ago I went looking for a new set and found this. It seemed a good buy especially considering the enjoyment I used to get out of it as a child and so I went ahead and bought it. ~*~ Ease of Set Up ~*~ In the box you get a net, three balls, two table tennis bats and then there's the table top itself. The top was a real disappointment if I'm honest. It's just two painted wooden boards, I don't know what I expected but somehow I expected more then just painted wood. There is no way to clip the boards together and so they just sit on top of the table with the net between the two. The net was another problem! You can adjust the net in order to tighten it and loosen it. Adjusting it in itself is a fairly simple process but it doesn't fit on to the wood when its tight so you need to loosen it, clip it on and then tighten it. All too often when you tighten the net it just flips off the board again and your back at the beginning, because of this I played several games with the net looser then it should have been just so that it would stay attached to the board! When I get this out now I have given up with the boards completely and just clip the net to the table. This works as my dining table is just flat wood with no decoration, this may not be an option for other people but it certainly is easier! ~*~ Playing a Game ~*~ Despite my criticisms of setting it up in the first place once the table is set up it works well. The balls bounce well but not excessively, the table stays in place well and despite often being hit with the balls the net stays clipped on. The rackets, although not professional standard are of a good quality and will hold up well to the odd home game. ~*~ Would I Recommend It? ~*~ As a set I would only recommend it if you can get it second hand. It is available online and in Millets for around £55 and I feel it's faults let it down so badly that it isn't worth this. It would be cheaper and easier to just get some rackets, a net and some balls and play off a table forgetting the board completely. If you can get it second hand it's a good buy and good for some family fun I wouldn't buy it new. It gets 3 out of 5 stars
I love table tennis and used to play it in school where I got realy good at it and over the years we have had various tables and nets in the garden and around the house to play table tennis with the kids, but they have grown up now and left home, so I was really glad when my oldest grandson said they had been playing table tennis at his school as I thought it would be good to buy one for the garage here so he could practise when he came to stay with us. Looking around at the sets they are not a cheap thing to buy and so I was really happy to find one at the boot sale for £20, this was a Butterfly Table Tennis Table Top and a really good bargain as they sell for £54 online and at Millets sports equipment store in town and I wasn't prepared to fork out that much for a game that will sit in the garage and only get played with occassionally. We have a table set up in our empty garage now as this table tennis set comes with two boards that fit over the table top, it has the net and the table tennis bats with it and we got one ball with it but when you buy the new set you get three balls with it. You can buy packs of spares for around £4 a pack of four at Millets. The table top game dimensions are :- (L) 183cm x (W) 91cm x (H)1. 27cm The table set is a little hard to get together the first time you put it up as you have to line it up with the table and secure the net so that it is tight, we just leave it up now in the garage as the grandchildren love to go and play the gamewhen they come to stay and we have also joined in and enjoyed the odd game too. I like the instant table tennis game this gives you and it's fun to pay, the table tennis bats are not really good professional one's but they are alright for us novices. You can buy others at Millets or online to go with this set but for just having fun the bats supplied with it are adaquate. Value for money wise this has kept my grandchildren entertainend on many a wet day when they couldn't go out in the garden to play, but you really do have to have the room for it although it comes apart for easy storage if you haven't got the room then it's not worth getting one. I was lucky to get mine at the boot sale at a knock down price as I wouldn't have paid the full price of £54 which I think is a lot to pay for any game. All in all it's fun, has entertainment value and keeps you fit. I give it 8 out of 10.
The kids went to their social club at their school with their friends a while back and someone had apparently set-up the table tennis table which had been folded up against a wall and had been long gathering dust. Now my kids had a very vague recollection of what table tennis was about - after all, they had played it on the Wii - but this was now the real thing. At the end of the day, they had enjoyed it so much that when they got home, they did some research on the web and found this table top version on Argos for £54.99. Being the ever dutiful father, I agreed to buy it. The first thing we needed to do before we bought it was to measure up. Dimension wise it is 180 cm long by 90 cm wide (6 feet by 3 feet), which isn't quite a full size table tennis table, but it does mean that it should be an ideal size for your home. Obviously to play table tennis on it, you'll need to have some room around it. Luckily, our dining room is fairly large and could accommodate this on the dining table with enough room around to play. But it is worth checking the sizing before you get it home just to be sure that you can accommodate it. Realistically, you perhaps need a table that is the same exact size or slightly smaller that the table tennis table size, where it doesn't appear to matter if it hangs over your base table a bit. If you buy this from Argos, you'll have to use their home delivery service because you can't collect from an Argos store, which is good because it means that they bring it to your home rather than you trying to struggle to get it into your car. When it came, it is effectively 2 large pieces of thick boarding (each is about 2.5 cm thick) that you link together on your table so that they form the basis of the table tennis table. Obviously being in 2 pieces (each 3 feet by 3 feet) it does make it easier to store, where we tend to put it under one of the beds out of the way when not in use. You also have what they call a clip net that clips onto the boards and goes across the centre. You also have 2 proper table tennis sponge bats and 3 table tennis balls. Build quality seems to be pretty good as well. Set up is very straight forward and quick. Clear your table top, lay these boards down end to end, clip the clip net across, and you're up and ready to play. Of note, the boards are fairly heavy, so it may take 2 of you to lift it onto your table top, but conversely it does mean that they won't really move around much once you have set them up in position. Actually playing the game is fun, and addictive, and my kids reckon that it is better than the Wii in some respects because it is real game, playing with real feed back and real strategy. We actually went out and bought 2 more table tennis bats so that we could play as a family. It does get a bit cramped if you try and get 4 people around the table to play the shots because it isn't full size, but it is good family fun. In summary, providing you have the room to accommodate this, it isn't too much of a major outlay, and it brings back into your home real games that people used to play before the onslaught of the games consoles. We now have this table tennis table top permanently set up in the dining room and my family are often on it for a couple of quick games, because it is fun and so much easier than waiting for the Wii to power up and select a game etc. Highly recommended.
At school, I benefited from the fact that there were table tennis tables available to us to play on. Then, at Uni, I worked in a sports bar and we could use the facilities, including table tennis. On a German exchange, the family I stayed with had a table tennis table in his garage. Since leaving Uni, though, chances of playing it have been few and far between. A proper tennis table set is very costly, well over £100 for even the cheapest model that's any good, and we just don't have the room at home. Imagine my little grey cells ticking over when I spotted this, though. At £40 or thereabouts, it's highly affordable, and the concept and idea of it is very good in theory. But does it work? I checked it out quite thoroughly before actually deciding to buy it, and it did seem as if it was a bit of a hit. The idea is that you get a full sized table tennis table top, split into two parts that you put together, along with a net, bats and balls, and you just simply place it on top of a table you already have at home. So, simple concept: would it work? When you first put it together, it's a bit fiddly, and you need to have a bit of patience when putting the net up in the middle, clasping the two parts together. The size is 180cm by 90cm, and at first I was worried that my table wouldn't be the right size for this. However, it doesn't really matter, and as long as you have a table that's almost as big, or only slightly bigger, then it's not a huge disaster. Once it's all built, which only takes a few minutes, you can then just go for it. Our kitchen at home is probably not the best place to play this, as it's quite a confined space, but it's where the table is, and so we have played it in there. We quickly found that there was too much restricted movement, especially when you build up a good rally, so we simply moved our table into the front room, where there is plenty of room. The bats are a bit naff, but they do the job, and have lasted okay. If you wanted to get new bats or even new balls, as they have a habit of being stepped on or breaking rather easily or even denting, then they don't cost that much. It's the table that is the costly part. In terms of setting it up and taking it apart for when you need to use the table, it's really quite easy. Just take off the net and separate the table pieces. They can slot down the side of something for storage, and then just bring it back out again when you need to. It's probably a good idea to keep it clean, and be careful to not catch the corners. We have snagged the corners a couple of times, and this has resulted in the corners being damaged. This slowly gets worse. I recommend this if you're looking for a good way to get a table tennis table into your house without sacrificing space or finances too much. If you can get it for £40, it's well worth doing so. Shop around, as amazon.co.uk currently have it at £60, and if the price creeps up, then it fast becomes not worth it. Great idea, though, and one that has resulted in loads of fun for us. Recommended.
I love table tennis. All the family do. We're not great at it or anything, but it proves always to be a laugh and, as well as being good fun it is a pastime that all the family can enjoy. For myself, I can't participate in many sports and have never been very good at them anyway, but I'm not too bad at table tennis. Well, to qualify that I wouldn't be entering any tournaments or anything but, I can serve, keep score and hit the ball onto the table. Sometimes I manage a good shot here and there. Table tennis with my family is usually only a thing that we play on holiday when a table is provided. We have found a couple of pub beer gardens that supply a table so then may have a game or two. In fact, I probably play a little better in a beer garden, as long as I don't have an audience, as that does tend to put me off my stroke! I really wanted to buy a 'proper' full sized table but hubby, and I suppose he WAS right, said we haven't the room inside and an outdoor table wouldn't last long if left to face the elements. He said we couldn't fit another thing into the garage, not even a car! I looked on the internet just before last Christmas, to see if I could find anything, just to get us all up and doing something physical rather than vegetating. I found this,' Butterfly Table Tennis Table Top.' The size was in metric but I figured it was six foot long. This isn't a full sized table, which I think would be more like nine foot in length, but I haven't room for a full size table in my home anyway. Looking at the specifications of this table it seemed to me that it would provide some fun for my family, and extended family, over the Christmas period. The thing I best liked about it was the fact that it fits over a normal dining table and the two pieces that it's made up of, simply slot together so, when you want to eat, simply take it apart and stack it away. I decided to buy this as a general present for all the family. On Christmas day it was wrapped up ready for just before dinner when all my children were present. No one guessed what was inside the wrapping paper but, when all was revealed they looked suitably impressed. One of my sons remarked that, along with the dartboard he had received last year, we should really think of a games room. He wishes! When dinner had been cleared, and in the time before tea and naps, the table top was quickly set up on top of the dining table. Two bats and three ping pong balls were included but I had bought extra as I know the balls don't often last long and I wanted extra bats so we could attempt to play doubles. I issued warnings that the table needed to be moved out a little as I was worried, about one of my sons in particular, putting heart and soul into winning, and smashing through my glass display cabinet! Anyway, they played for awhile, everyone played a game and no damage was done. More family arrived for Christmas tea and presents and after this the table top tennis came out again. All seemed to really enjoy having a game. I think this table tennis table top is a good idea if you don't have the room for a full sized, or even a smaller table, as even a smaller table takes up a lot of room when folded. When not in use this can be put behind a bed, or under a bed, as it is in two halves. These don't take up too much room, being thin. This can give a good introduction to the game for the novice or, as in our case, be a provider of an exercise that is fun for all the family, whatever their standard. The table tennis table top is available from several outlets, including, www.argos.co.uk and www.milletsports.co.uk at the same price of, £54.99. There will usually be a small delivery charge to add unless you are lucky enough to find an offer. In the case of Argos, I know that this is an exclusive on-line purchase and will not be shown in their paper catalogue. I have found their delivery service, in the past to be quite reliable. Details as taken from the Argos website: This product lays on top of a table, turning a dining table or desk into a table tennis table. It is delivered ready for use and includes a Clip net and post set, 2 sponge bats and 3 balls. Size (H)180, (W)90, (D)2.5cm.