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The Definitive Guide to Ping Pong

The Definitive Guide to Ping Pong

The Ultimate Guide to Ping Pong


Playing a long ball in ping pong against your friend, only to end with a perfect strike from you...

That equals one fantastic felling.

In this guide, we'll cover everything from different types of table tennis games to advanced strategies for beating your friends.

So whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, we're sure you find some new information below.

So, without further ado let's get started.

Table Tennis

Contents (links to all sections)

CHAPTER 1:
How To Play Ping Pong


So, you want to learn table tennis? How hard can it be? I mean, you just hit a ball back and forth with a small paddle. The net is so short that it must be terribly easy to hit it over.

Sure, the table is small, but the ball is small too. You are probably standing there (or sitting there) and reading these words in your mind, and thinking, I bet that I could.

Well, I am here to tell you that you are right. You can be playing amazing shots in no time, and I am here to show you how.

Now, before we get started, I have to convey to you the most important rule in the game of table tennis. Are you ready for it?

Have fun!

ping-pong

​Getting Started with Table Tennis


Table tennis is a fun game, and you should have fun playing it. If you are not having fun, then you are doing something wrong. Quit being so serious and enjoy what you are doing.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, we can get down to the details. If you are here, then you are either a novice player wanting to learn about the game or an intermediate player who wants to improve their game.

I have some good news for you.

Ping Pong

The game of table tennis can be learned in 50 hours. Yes, just 50 hours. How long to master it? Well, that is a different conversation entirely.

When I set out to write this guide, I wanted to create something which was succinct and effective. From our feedback so far, we know that it works. If you follow the guides and tips in this book, then you are going to learn how to play.

How good you become is entirely up to you.

​Mastering The Basics


Getting the basics right is the key to a well-oiled game 

You have to walk before you can run. That is exactly what we are going to do in this guide. Forget about matchplay, serving, adding spin, and any expert or crazy shots which you may have seen on TV.

Definitely no backflips when you are taking your shot.

Before we even hit a shot, we are going to talk a little about grip, stance, and footwork. This may sound a little boring but stick with me, and you will be hitting balls expertly in no time (or novice-ly, at least). 

​Getting To Grips With Your Grip (I hope I haven’t used that pun before)


There are two main grips in table tennis:

Try it. Pick up a paddle (you should have one, hopefully) and grip it in whatever manner feels most natural. Do you hold it as if you were shaking hands with someone or like you are holding a pen? Go with that grip.

The penhold grip is difficult to learn but does allow for more wrist movement which converts to more spin in your shots. This type of grip is declining in the table tennis world but is still used by some players (especially in Asia).

Penhold grip

The penhold grip in action



The handshake grip is more common and easier to master. If you are in doubt, then I would recommend this type of grip. It gives you enough control over your shots and is used by most professional players in the world.

Top tips for a handshake grip:

Keep your hands soft and firm. Imagine shaking hands with a person who you want to impress. You want to be firm but not crush their hand.
Find your own version. The handshake is the starting point. The grip which brings you the most comfort while still being able to control your shot is the best grip for you.

Ping Pong Handshake Grip

The handshake grip in action



Take a bat and a ball and bounce the ball up and down a few times. Bounce the ball on a table. Hit the ball a few times. What feels most comfortable? That is your grip.

Great, we have gotten to grips with our grip. We are one step closer to playing an actual game. 

​Taking A Stance For Success


You know how to hold the paddle, you now need to know how to hold your body.

This part is going to be easy, and that is because of you. You are eager to learn. You are ready to learn. You are willing to learn. Let’s get going.

Now, don’t worry, we are going to get to hitting the ball soon. I want you to have the foundations in place before we build the next levels of a great ping pong player.

We want to start with the correct stance from the beginning so that you are not learning any bad habits. Bad habits are hard to break. Good habits are easy to keep.

Here we go. Here are the two key parts of your stance:

  • Keep your body low
  • Keep your feet 1.5 shoulder widths apart.

You should be facing the table. Your knees should also be a little bent. If you are right-handed, then your left foot should be a little more forward than you right. If you are left-handed, then the opposite should be true. Bend forward a little and keep your weight on the balls of your feet. Both hands should be out in front of you.

Great, you are ready to do some work.

Finding the correct stance and balance is key in table tennis



Now, when I first started playing table tennis, I did not use the correct stance for months. When I did, I found myself to be clumsy and awkward. When I finally got it, I was instantly a better player. Start by getting things right, and you can focus on actually playing the game.

This stance will take a little work. You are going to expend more energy moving around in this position, but that is going to build your strength.

When you are in this stance, your lower body will be more engaged and tense; your upper body should be kept loose.

Your core should be solid, and your center of gravity should be low. Breathe from your belly to keep yourself centered and relaxed.

Practice hitting a ball against a surface and moving around in this stance. It may seem a little weird at first, but it is worth it, trust me. 

​Your Victory Dance: How To Master Footwork


Get ready for the accolades!

One more thing and we can start to think about the game itself.

You can hold your paddle, and you can hold your body, but how about your footwork. Table tennis footwork is a lot like dancing or swordplay. You need to be fast and ready to strike. Just like a sword will come at you quickly, the ping pong ball will too.

You do not have a lot of time to react, so you need to be quick on your feet.

Don’t worry; everyone can be quick on their feet. All it takes is a little practice.

The great thing about table tennis is that you do not need to move your feet very far between each shot.

Here is a great drill: find a table tennis table (or any table) and move around it in a complete circle, only moving sideways. Switch direction and do the same. Go back and forth as many times as you can. Keep an eye on your body position and grip a paddle as you move.

Stand in position behind the table and move sideways as far as you can in one step. Now, step the opposite way. Explode back and forth as fast as you can.

Try to perform these two drills before each game as a warm-up.

Your footwork is very important, so I recommend these two drills be performed as much as possible. The faster your footwork, the better a player you will be (and dancer (and swords-person)). 

​Can I Play Already?


There you have it, the three most important fundamentals of ping pong. It may be a little dull to practice so much without really hitting a ball or playing a game, but these fundamentals are the building blocks of the game.

Take the time to practice each, and you will become a better player before you even play. 

CHAPTER 2:
Ping Pong Rules


You are right, ping pong rules!

And here we will look into the actual rules of the game. Because, I mean, how can you play the game if you do not know the basic rules?

Don’t worry; we are going to start playing really soon, just bear with me.

ping pong rules

​What Is The Object Of The Game?



To reach 11 points before your opponent does. It is as simple as that. 

Well, not quite as simple. 

You also need to beat your opponent by at least 2 points. 

If you reach 11 points and your opponent has less than 10, then you have won the game. If you reach 11 points and your opponent has 10, then play continues until one player has a 2 point advantage. You could win 12-10, 15-13, or even 27-25. 

As long as you have a 2 point advantage and at least 11 points, then you win. 

To win the match, you need to win a predetermined number of games (agreed upon before starting the match). 

To score a point, you need to outmaneuver your opponent. If your opponent misses the ball, hits the ball but it does not hit the table on your side or hits the ball into the net, then you score a point.

You can also score a point if your opponent does not serve the ball correctly, and does any of the above. We will talk about that more in our serve section. 

​Table Tennis Fundamentals


The game of ping pong is officially played between two players (singles) or four players (doubles). If you are playing informally, you can play with as many players on each side as you wish.

To play, you need a table (the clue is in the name: table tennis). You also need a ball, a net, and two paddles (four if you are playing doubles). You can play indoor or outdoor.

Officially, the ball is white and 40mm in diameter. The ball also weighs in at 2.7g. If you buy any balls or sets from a sporting goods store, you can be assured that you are likely getting a ball of this size and weight. If you buy a cheap set, then you may not.

The paddles, or rackets, or bats, are generally red on one side and black on the other.

Both sides of the ping pong paddles



A full-sized table is 9’ long, 30” tall, and 5’ wide. Most table tennis tables are either green or blue. A net is usually included and is 6” tall, bisecting the table in the middle.

You get what you pay for. I always recommend buying quality equipment. It does not matter if you are a novice or a professional, get the right equipment and start on the right foot. That does not mean having to buy the most expensive equipment. Shop around, and you will find what you are looking for. 

​How does Scoring Work?


Let’s start at the beginning. A point can be won or lost on the serve.

When you serve, the ball must bounce on the server’s side of the table, clear the net, and then bounce on the opponent’s side of the table. If it hits the net, does not bounce on both sides of the table, or misses the table completely, then the opponent gets a point. If the ball hits the net but still goes over, then it is a ‘let’ and the server re-serves the ball.

Volleys are not allowed. If a player hits the ball before it bounces, their opponent gains a point.

If the ball bounces legally and the player misses the ball, their opponent gains a point.

If a player hits the ball and it misses the table or hits the net and does not go over, their opponent gains a point (edges of the table count as the ball being in, the sides do not). 

​Additional Table Tennis Rules


The first player to 11 points wins the game. A match is a pre-agreed number of games. The best of 5, 7, or 9 is common. This means the first player to win 3, 4, or 5 games would win the match.

Tossing a coin will determine who serves first (or some other random chance method).

Each player serves twice before the other player takes their turn.

A player must win by 2 points. If you reach 11 points but are not 2 points ahead, play continues until one player has a 2-point advantage. 

After each game, the players swap ends.

In a deciding game, players switch ends after every 5 points. 

CHAPTER 3:
Hitting The Ball


We are finally here. Well done so far on all of your hard work. Now the fun begins (I mean more fun. It has been all fun up to here, right?).

We are going to learn the four basic strokes: forehand drive, backhand drive, forehand push, and backhand push.

Ready to get started? Let’s go. 

​Forehand Drive: Your Go-To Shot


The Forehand Drive is the Brad & Butter shot of ping pong

You will use the forehand drive a lot when you are starting out. It is one of the four most common beginner strokes. It is easy to learn, and you are going to be hitting shots with it in no time.

Top tip: If you have a table tennis table (or access to one) which can fold up on one side, then you can practice shots by yourself. Fold the table into position and practice each shot after reading a description of it.

The forehand shot is broken down into four parts: stance, backswing, strike, and finish.

Let’s walk through each one.

Stance: Well, you already have this. You read about stance and practiced it. Well done, you. Move onto the next step.

Backswing: The ball is coming to you. You need to have a backswing to generate the speed. Rotate your body to the side of your dominant hand. Shift your weight onto the back of your feet. Stay in your practiced stance.

Strike: Reverse your backswing. Rotate your body forwards and move the paddle towards the ball. Transfer your weight to the front of your feet. Keep the bat angled downwards slightly to direct it. There should be a small gap between your elbow and body. Hit the ball at the peak of its bounce. As you hit it, flick your wrist to add more power.

Finish: In other games, you want to follow through. Table tennis is a little different. Finish with your bat in front of your face. Make sure to get back into a neutral position for the return of the ball.

Easy, right? Why don’t you get out there and try it? Do not read on just yet. Find a table and practice your forehand drive. When you come back, we will move onto the backhand drive. 

​Backhand Drive: Adding To Your Bread & Butter Shots


sliding

It's easier to slip up the backhand

Again, I have broken down this shot into four parts: stance, backswing, strike, and finish. As you have practiced your forehand swing, you will find it extremely easy to get to grips with this shot. It is essentially a mirror image of the forehand drive, with a few small tweaks.

Stance: Hey, you have this. Find your practiced stance.

Backswing: This time, instead of rotating your body, you are going to stay facing the table and bring your paddle towards your hip on the opposite side of your body. The bat should be angled down slightly.

Strike: Use your elbow to bring the bat up towards the ball. Your shoulder should not move much if at all. Hit the ball without any flick of your wrist, and at the peak of its bounce.

Finish: The bat should stop in front of your face. Your arm should be slightly bent. After the shot, return to a neutral position so that you are ready for the next shot.

Okay, off we go again. Find a table which folds in the middle and practice your backhand drive. Try to switch between forehand and backhand. 

​Backhand Push: The Easy Shot


How you feel before the backhand push

Once you have practiced the backhand drive a few times, it is a perfect opportunity to add the backhand push. This shot is about recovery and not power. You want to return the ball and take the pace out of it. Let’s look at the four components.

Stance: You know what to do.

Backswing: The bat will be open this time. Angled at 45 degrees and facing upwards. Bend your elbow to bring the bat back to your chest on the opposite side of your body.

Strike: push the bat forward and downwards. You should be using your elbow to generate the movement. You want to hit the ball on the back and near the bottom. You want to make contact at the peak of the bounce. You should slice the ball and not scoop it.

Finish: The bat should finish in front of you. After that, return to a neutral position for the next shot.

You know what I am going to say. Get out there and practice this shot too. 

​Forehand Push: The Tough Shot


Actual footage before trying the forehand push

A shot where you are trying to control the ball and take some of the pace out of it. You want to hit the ball gently and long so you can recover and get in position for the next shot.

This shot feels awkward at first and is the most difficult of the basic four shots. Let’s take a look.

Stance: You’ve got this!

Backswing: Bring your arm back and swivel your body as you would for the forehand drive, but do not twist as much. You want to control the ball with a softer shot and need less power. Keep the bat open at 45 degrees and facing upwards. The gap between your elbow and body should be small.

Strike: Twist your body forward to add a little power to your shot. Keep your hands soft and slice the ball back towards your opponent. Try to play the ball as far down the table as you can.

Finish: The bat should stop in front of you. After the shot, return to your regular position and wait for the next shot.

This is the most difficult of the four basic shots to take the time to practice this one.

Add the forehand push into your repertoire and practice moving between all four shots as the ball comes back to you, either from a folded table or an opponent.

If you are following my tips, you will be playing these shots in no time.

CHAPTER 4:
Mastering The Ping Pong Serve


You have been mastering your basic shots but how can you play a game if you do not know how to start a game?

Every game of table tennis begins with a serve. The serve is an easy shot to play, but there are some finicky rules which you should be aware of before you try it.

Don’t worry though, follow the rules, practice your shot, and you will gain the upper hand every time you play. 

ping pong serve

What Are The Serve Rules?


Your serve starts with the ball resting freely on the palm of your hand. Keep your hand open and relaxed. Don’t cup your hand; let the ball rest on your palm and not your fingers.

Next, you have to toss the ball upwards with no spin and let it fall before you hit it. The ball should rise six inches into the air. You can hit the ball at any time during the descent.

You should strike the ball so that it hits your side of the table first, bounces over the net, and hits your opponent’s side of the table. If you are playing doubles, the ball has to strike the right side of the table on your side and the right side of your opponent’s side (from their point of view).

If the ball hits your side of the table, touches the net, and hits your opponent’s side, then it is 'let,' and you serve again.

There are a few more rules, but they mainly deal with your opponent and the umpire being able to see the ball the entire time of the serve.

There, boring rules are out of the way. Let’s take a look at how you can better serve the ball. 

​Top Tips For Your Serve: How To Start With The Upper Hand


Here are my top five tips for a better service. Try some or try them all, and benefit from starting each service with the upper hand against your opponent.

Keep the ball low: The lower the ball, the less chance your opponent has of playing an attacking shot. High bounces give your opponent the perfect opportunity for a smash. Try to serve so that the ball only just clears the net.

Vary your serve: If you serve with the same shot over and over, your opponent is going to be able to perfect their return. Vary your speed, location, and spin. Try some long serves and some short ones; move between fast serves and slow serves; as you learn spin, vary the type of spin you add to the ball.

Anticipate: Just because you hit an amazing serve, it does not mean that an amazing shot is not going to come back over the net. Whenever you serve, always expect the return. You should also monitor the types of return. Does your opponent favor a certain return? Be ready for that.

Use what works: If an opponent is struggling with a certain serve, then keep using it. Use what gives you the win. If they start to return the ball well, then mix up your serve again.

Do not give hints: Often, you can give away your serve by the position you take. Try not to allow your opponent to know what is coming next. Think about your position before each serve and try to mix that up as much as you mix up your actual serve.

Serving is an easy shot to learn but a hard shot to master. The only way to become adept at serving is to get out there and practice. 

CHAPTER 5:
Our Top Tips for Mastering Table Tennis


Now that you have mastered the basic game, it is time to step it up a notch. I am sure that you have been out there, practicing hard. The more you practice, the better you will get. If you are following the basics, then your game can only get better.

No bad habits make a good player.

Good habits make a great player.

So, now that you are a good player, it is time to take the next step into greatness.

Here are our top tips to improve your game. 

How to Know Your (and your opponents) Spin


Depiction of the illusive 360 degree spin

When the ball comes back to you, it can be almost impossible to know what spin is on it until it bounces on the table. By that time, it can be too late.

There is a way to gain some insight into what spin is on the ball, and that is to watch your opponent’s paddle as they hit the ball.

If the racket moves from low to high, there is likely some topspin on the ball.

If the racket moves from high to low, it is an indicator that some backspin has been added.

A movement from left to right is an indicator of right sidespin.

Finally, a movement from right to left means that there is probably some left sidespin on the ball. 

​How To Deal With Spin


Once you can start to predict the type of spin on the ball, you can plan your return. If you know what spin is on the ball, then you have a better chance of hitting it but, that does not mean you will hit it well.

Here are my tried and tested methods for dealing with spin.

Topspin: Angle your racket downward and hit the ball above center.
Backspin: Angle your racket up and hit the ball below center.
Rightspin: Angle your racket slightly to hit the ball to the left of center.
Leftspin: Angle you racket slightly to hit the ball right of center.

The more you play, the better you will get at dealing with spin. 

​Generating Power With Your Body


Supercharge your shot with your body

When you are hitting your shots, especially your drives, the power comes from your arm, but there should also be some power generated by your body too. This will add force and consistency to your shots.

When you are playing your shots, swivel with your body but also transfer your weight from the back of your feet to your front. This transference of weight will add more power to your shots. 

​Stay In Position


Whenever you start a game, you should find your stance. Stand at the center of the table with your practiced stance. Your hands should be out in front of you, with your racket in front.

When you hit a shot, return to this position. Move back to the center and hold your racket in front of you.

This will allow you to play a forehand or backhand shot on the next shot with ease. It will also give you an equal opportunity to move to either side to hit a shot. 

​Find a Good Paddle


I always recommend using your own paddle. You want to be comfortable with your paddle and find consistency with it. Each paddle is different so switching from one to another can throw you off your game.

When choosing a paddle, invest in quality. I always recommend using your own paddle. You want to be comfortable with your paddle and find consistency with it. Each paddle is different so switching from one to another can throw you off your game.

When choosing a paddle, invest in quality. 

​Find a Good Partner


If you can find someone to practice with, you are going to get a lot more real-game experience than you would when practicing alone.

Find someone who you can practice with regularly, preferably someone who is at the same skill level as you or slightly above. You can improve together. 

​Practice Makes Perfect


That truly is the key to becoming a great player. The more you can practice, be it alone or with another player, the better you are going to get.

Check out our next section for some great training drills. 

CHAPTER 6:
Common Table Tennis Drills & Training


All of the drills here are based on you playing with a practice partner. You can modify the drills slightly by using a table which folds on one side to create a surface to bounce the ball off. We recommend a partner but feel free to adapt the drills as you see fit.

Before we start, I should warn you: practicing these drills will make you a better player. 

ping-pong

​‘X’ & ‘H’


Think about viewing a table from a bird’s eye view. That is where we are going to apply the X and H.

Player A should start by hitting the ball down the forehand side of the table.

Player B will return the ball diagonally with a backhand.

Player A will return the ball with a backhand down the backhand side of the table.

Player B will return the ball diagonally with a forehand.

From above, player A’s shots will resemble an H (with the net), and player B’s will resemble an X.

The aim here is to challenge your partner and keep them moving. Try to hit the ball just where they can reach it and keep the rally going for as long as you can — switch positions after a few rallies.

What Will You Get From This Drill?

You are going to practice your forehand and backhand shots but, more than that, you are going to get a lot of footwork practice. As you improve, play shots which force your partner to really work.

This is also a great drill for mixing up your shots. Try adding looped shots or spin if you want to slow down the ball and still challenge your opponent. 

​Crosscourt Drill


Start with only forehand shots. You must play a shot diagonally across the table into the forehand section of the table. Your opponent must return into your forehand section. Continue to play forehand shots until one of you miss.

Mix it up by switching to backhand only. You must play a crosscourt shot diagonally into your opponent’s backhand area, and they must return into yours.

What Will You Get From This Drill?

It is easy to know what is coming next with this drill so it is hard to outmaneuver your opponent. This forces you to rely on power, distance, and spin.

You cannot wrong-foot your opponent, so you need to find other ways to deceive them. A great drill to improve your shots and consistency. 

​Down The Line


Practice shooting down the line despite the distractions

Similar to the previous drill but you can only play shots into the area opposite your own. For example, you must play a shot into your opponent’s backhand area from your forehand area, and they must play a shot between those same areas. Shots are thus played straight over the net instead of diagonally.

What Will You Get From This Drill?

This drill helps you to improve your accuracy while still being able to work on your footwork. You have a smaller area to work with, so you need to plan out your shots. The drill will help your footwork by forcing you to move in a small area to hit the ball with forehand shots and backhand shots. 

​Forehand Only


Both players can only use forehand shots. The ball can be played anywhere on the table, but each player can only use their forehand.

Mix it up by having each player use only backhand shots. For expert level, have one player use only one type of shot and the other use any type of shot.

What Will You Get From This Drill?

You have to plan your shots carefully. You need to put your opponent in such a position that they leave you in a favorable position. Forcing your opponent to play a certain shot gives you the benefit of an easier shot on the return.

This drill is also amazing for your footwork. Being limited to only one type of shot means that you are going to be moving around the table a lot. Your footwork and your fitness will both improve. 

​Hit The Target


Darts Scoreboard 1

This is a great drill which can be played solo as easily as it can be played with a partner.

Take a ball and push in one side so that you can set it on the table and have it not move. Now, have your partner hit the ball to you and try to return it so that you hit the ball on the table. The ultimate goal here is to return the ball with a smash.

Track how many shots it takes to hit the ball and then switch with your partner.

What Will You Get From This Drill?

This is a perfect drill for improving the power and accuracy of your smash shots. You can hit the ball with all the power in the world, but it does not matter if you do not have the accuracy.

Move the ball around, so you get a chance to practice a variety of power shots. 

​Wrapping Up


These drills are easy to perform and will keep you on your toes (literally). The key to any successful sport is practice. The more you practice, the better you get, but that is not all. Your practice should be focused.

These drills focus on the basic aspects of the game which translate to real matches. Incorporate the drills into your practice time, and you are going to improve.

Practice, practice, and practice some more. 

Pool – The Ultimate Guide

The Definitive Guide to Playing Pool


This is the ultimate guide to the beautiful game of pool.

In this guide, we'll cover everything from different types of games to advanced strategies for beating your friends.

So whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, we're sure you find some new information below.

So, without further ado let's get started.

Contents (links to all sections)

CHAPTER 1:
Pool Rules & Other Fundamentals


You cannot spell fundamentals without ‘fun’ and ‘mental.’ That is exactly the two components you need. You need to be able to have fun and conquer the mental game. Was that a stretch? Who knows. Anyway, both points are true.

Playing pool should be about having fun. It is also a game where you will perform better if your head is in the right mind space.

Before we get to playing the actual game, let’s take a look at some of the basics and get you out on the table where you belong. 

​The Most Important Thing in Pool? Position


Pool is all about three things: position, position, and position. Yes, I know that that is one thing repeated three times, but that is how important it is. When you are playing, your body position needs to be good. The position of the cue ball can also make or break your game.

As you play the game more, you will be able to sink more balls in a row. This is one of the keys to playing the game well.

If your stance is good, your stroke is good, and your spin is good, then you are going to be able to control your shots. Practice is the key to all three.

Once you begin to pocket balls, you can move into pocketing lots of balls in a row. This is down to positional planning.

When you line up your next shot, you are not only thinking about the ball going into the pocket, you are thinking about what ball you are going to pocket next and how to leave the cue ball in a position to do that.

Go to the table. Set up the balls in random positions. Now, for each shot, you take, try to think about the shot after. The position of the cue ball is as important as the object ball ending up in the pocket. How many balls can you down in a row?

Choose your ball wisely. What ball gives you the best natural position on the next? What spin do you need to add to get position? What cushions do you need to bounce off to get onto the next ball?

Practice, practice, practice, and practice (yes, I wrote it four times, that is how important it is). Put this book down (or close the screen) and go practice. The more you do, the better a feel you will get for the game.

You have this.

Make sure that you have good position and positional play, and your game is going to improve. This is your cue to go and play (excuse the pun).

When you come back, we will tell you how to achieve all of this and more. 

​Your pool stance & how to hold a pool stick


Holding a pool stick is easy. Holding it correctly is the tricky part. Well, not super tricky but you need to be able to hold it correctly to live your best life and play your best game.

The same is true for your stance. Standing is easy. The perfect stance for pool needs a little more work.

Not to worry, we are here to save the day. Join us as we tell you everything you need to know about the perfect pool stance and holding a pool cue. 

​How To Perfect Your Stance


Stand up. Go on, stand up. Are you beside a table? Well, go find one. A pool table, a dining table, it doesn’t matter. Stand side-on to the table, feet shoulder-width apart. Think about how you would hold a pool cue and make sure that your aiming hand is forward.

Hold out your aiming hand (the hand where the cue will rest) and bend at the waist until the hand is on the table. Spread your fingers for now and find your balance. You should be able to look down your aiming hand and across the table.

Your back leg should be straight, and your front leg should be bent a little. Pretend to hold a cue with your rear hand. Your back foot should be directly below the cue and your rear hand (the hand which will generate the power through the shot).

That is your basic pool-playing position. Easy, right? And, probably a nice stretch for your body too. 

​Why Your Bridge Is Critical For The Perfect Shot


Just like in your every day, bridges are also important in pool

The hand we have been referring to as the aiming hand is actually called the bridge. This is where the front of the cue will sit. It is the hand which helps you to aim. There are many ways to hold your bridge hand. We are going to walk you through the most basic. If you find one which is more comfortable, then go for it.

Place your palm flat on the table. Go on, do it. Hold your hand flat and raise your thumb in the air like you are hitchhiking.

Now, keep the base of your palm where it is and drag your fingers back so that your fingertips stay in contact with the table. This elevates your bridge. The cue will sit in the little ‘V’ of your thumb, between the thumb and your index finger.

There you have it, the bridge. Go try it on any surface.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When pool gives your obstacles, use an elevated bridge.

Imagine that the cue ball is sat with a ball behind it. You cannot use your usual position, so what do you do? You use an extended bridge.

Get as close to the cue ball as you can with your bridge, keeping the same hand position but, this time, raise your palm off the table, using your fingertips to balance. Place the cue in the same ‘V’ and play your shot.

The elevated bridge takes a little practice. Why don’t you try it? Find a surface and see how high you can make your bridge. 

​How To Get To Grips With Your Grip


Hold your cue like Michaelangelo holds his sticks and you'll get far

At one end is the bridge, at the other end is the grip. This is the hand which is used to generate the power.

Your grip should be loose like you are holding a peeled banana.

When you take your shot, you should follow through smoothly with this hand.

Want more power? Hold the cue further down or play your shot with more speed. Want less power? Hold the cue further up or play your shot with less speed. 

​How To Perfect Your Aim


Darts Scoreboard 1

Pool is all about aim. You could say that aim is the aim of the game (well, you may not, but I do. Yes, yes, I know that the aim is to get the balls in the pockets. Okay, let’s get back to the fundamentals).

If the object ball (the ball which you are hitting with the cue ball) is directly in front of the cue ball, then you can follow the natural path to hit the object ball where you want it to go. If you are hitting the ball at an angle, then you can use the ghost ball.

Ooh! The ghost ball!

It is not as terrifying as it sounds. When lining up your shot, draw a line from the object ball to the place you want it to go. Imagine the cue ball was on this line, and you could play the shot straight.

Now, think about where the cue ball is going to be at the point of impact. That is the position for which you are aiming.

First, think about the position of the cue ball. Next, try and get the cue ball into that position. Finally, strike through the cue ball, and, hopefully, it will go where you want.

If you are new to the game, it probably will not. That is perfectly fine. It never does when you are starting out. The key is to practice, practice, and practice (yes, I like saying things three times). 

​Why Ball Position Matters


Cue ball position is very important. When you knock a ball into one of the pockets (intentionally, of course), you want the cue ball to be in a position to pocket the next ball. You can do this in one of two ways: the natural path and adding spin.

The natural path (not the naturopath) is when you let the cue ball follow the natural path after it has collided with the object ball. Adding spin forces the ball to go in a direction of your choosing.

Imagine a clock face on the side of the ball you are striking. 12 is at the top, 6 at the bottom, and so on. Hitting the ball and varying degrees of off-center will add varying degrees of spin to the ball.

Hit the 12, and the ball will have forward spin and carry on forward after hitting the object ball. Hit the 6, and you have the opposite, the ball will have backspin and move back after hitting the object ball. Hit the 3 or the 9, and the ball will move sideways after striking the object ball. 

​You Spin Me Right Round: Adding Spin To The Ball


Seriously, go try it. It is a lot of fun to add spin to the ball.

Try hitting the cue ball at varying distances from the center and see what happens. Combine two spins to move the ball in a combination of directions. Play about with the amount of spin you add and how hard you hit the ball.

Top tip: hit the cue ball just below center to stun the cue ball (and maybe your friends). The ball will stop after connecting with the object ball.

When you are adding spin to the ball, experiment with hitting the object ball at different angles. What happens to the direction of the ball?

What happens when you add spin and hit the cue ball against a cushion?

What happens when you add spin and do not connect with anything? Can you see the cue ball change path?

It is a lot of fun to experiment with spin. The more you use it, the better you will become at positional play.

​Putting It All Together


Pool is a simple game. Hit the ball, make it go where you want, and win the game.

Let’s recap with a multitude of positions.

Position: Take up your stance at the table. Follow our tips but find the stance which is comfortable for you. Lean over the table and look through the shot.

Position: Where do you want the cue ball to go? Aim your cue and strike the ball with confidence. Where do you want the cue ball to end up? Think about the striking position of the cue ball.

Position: Take a look at the entire table before you take a shot. What position do you want the ball to be in after this shot? how about two or three shots down the road?

Position, position, position.  

CHAPTER 2:
Top Tips For Every New Pool Player


Playing pool is a lot of fun. It is also a game which is accessible to almost everyone in the world. As long as you have a table, some balls, and a cue, then you can play (as long as you can reach the table).

If you have never played before, then you are going to be terrible (probably), and that is okay. Everyone is when they start out.

The best way to improve your game when you are starting out is to avoid any bad habits. The bad payers are not the new ones but the ones who carry bad habits through to when they are good players. These players will never be great players.

You will become a great player.

We know this because we know that you are going to follow our top tips. Here they are. 

​How Do I Make The Ball Go In?


The feeling when the ball drops? Priceless

That is all that we want to do, right? The simplest way to make the ball go in is to hit it where you need to hit it to make it go in. Easy!

On a serious note, there is a relatively easy way to do that. Let’s take a look at the cue ball (the white ball), the object ball (the ball you want to get in the pocket), and the point of contact.

In your head, draw a line from the pocket, though the center of the object ball, and extending to the back edge of the ball.

Next, draw a line from the center of the cue ball to the point where the other line touches the back of the object ball.

This is where you want to hit the cue ball. If you hit it perfectly, the ball will go in. The more you practice, the more perfect your shots will become.

Go find a pool table and practice getting the point of contact right. 

​The Importance Of Consistency


We just talked about using the point of contact to aim your cue ball. We have also talked about using the ghost ball method (see the previous sections). Try both and find the one which works for you.

Once you have a method of aiming, stick with it. Whatever works for you is what works for you. Our tips are not hard and fast tips. Take them, modify them to fit your game, and be the best you can be. 

​Find Your Perfect Stance


A perfect stance? You be the judge

Using our stance in the previous section, you will find that it is solid, balanced, and allows for a controlled shot. But, what do you do if it is not comfortable or your game is not improving?

Simple. Change your stance.

If you find a stance which is more comfortable, then use it. Use whatever stance gives you the best game.

At the same time, there are some things which you should think about, no matter what your stance:

  • Your feet should be roughly shoulder width apart with your dominant foot pointing towards the shot you are taking
  • Your chin should be on the cue stick or directly above it. This allows you to look through the shot and get the most accurate aim 
  • The back leg is normally straight with the front leg bent but, again, this is down to personal preference 
  • Keep your grip soft but firm
  • Your arms and hands should not bump into your body at all. If you are colliding with your hips, for instance, then it is time to adjust your stance.

​Creating A Smooth Stroke With Great Follow Through


You have lined up your shot, you know where you want to hit the cue ball, and you know where the object ball is going to go. The only thing to do now is to hit the shot.

But, what does a good pool stroke look like?

When you are in your pool stance, your rear hand will be gripping the rear of the cue. Your upper arm will be parallel with the cue, and your forearm will be pointing downwards.

When you play your shot, you should think of your forearm as a pendulum. The upper arm stays roughly where it is while the forearm swings on the elbow.

Keep your grip loose so that you can strike the cue ball exactly where you want to strike it. Start with the cue tip as close to the ball as possible (without touching it). This is the part of the ball which you are aiming for.

Draw the cue back and play your shot smoothly by playing with follow through. Your shoulder and chest should not move during the shot.

If you want to line the shot up a little more, then draw back and bring the cue forward a few times without hitting the ball. Every time you bring it forward, aim at the same spot on the cue ball. When you come to make your shot, the repeated swings will help you to hit the cue ball accurately on the final swing.

Hey, don’t just read about this. Get out there and practice your swing until your feel it is smooth and accurate. 

​Should I Be Worried About Chalk?


"To clalk or not to chalk?"

How have we gotten this far without taking about chalking your cue?

No matter how accurate you are, if you do not chalk the tip of your cue, all of that accuracy is going to be thrown out of the window.

A cue tip without chalk will not grip the cue ball on contact and will, instead, slip when you hit it. This leads to shots which are not accurate, and the correct spin is not added to the ball.

The good news? It literally takes a second to chalk your cue.

Think about a rock climber. They chalk their hands for grip. It can be a matter of life and death. In pool, it is not as serious, but chalking your cue can save your shot.

Never be afraid to chalk. If you want to chalk between every shot, then go for it.

Pro tip: it looks cool to stand there and chalk your cue before a shot. 

Why Do I Need To Hit The Cue Ball Dead Center?


That feeling when you hit the ball hard, dead center? Priceless

Sure, find your spiritual center, but you should also find the center of the cue ball.

When I first started, I was missing a lot of shots. What was wrong? I was not hitting the cue ball in the center. Even a slight shift can throw off your entire shot.

Once I realized this (read: was told what I was doing wrong), my game improved exponentially.

Hit the ball off-center, and you are hitting the ball with some spin. The longer the shot, the more the cue ball is going to be thrown off its path.

Practice hitting the cue ball from one end of the table to the other, bouncing it off the cushion. Watch it roll back to you. Does it deviate from its path? Practice until you are hitting the ball in the center every time. 

​Confidence Does Not Matter, Does It?


When the greats get out on the field, the pitch, the ice, the track, or the table, they have already lived the moment in their heads a thousand times. We mentioned that without ‘mental’ you could not have fundamental.

The key is to have confidence.

Before you take a shot, think through the shot in your mind. See the object ball going into the pocket. Envision the cue ball going where you want it to go.

Know that you can make the shot.

If you can stay positive, eliminate as many negative shots as possible, and have confidence in yourself, then you will be amazed at how much better you will play. 

​How To Enjoy The Game


This kind of follows on from the confidence part. There are two parts to staying calm. One is about finishing your shot, and the other is about gaining rhythm and momentum.

When you play your shot, give it at least a second or two before you get up from that shot. This is going to achieve two things.

Often, when people play a shot, they get up quickly. This can interfere with the shot itself. Take the time to play the shot, follow through, and enjoy it. Do not get up quickly or jerk your cue. The cue ball can suffer, and you can ruin a perfectly good shot.

The second thing which this gives you is rhythm. If you are taking a couple of seconds after your shot, you are more likely to stay calm and play better shots.

If you rush between shots, you are going to be more nervous and, well, rushed. Slow down, keep calm, and enjoy the game. A game of pool is over quickly, why rush it?

Try it. Go play a few games by yourself. Take a second or two after each shot. Does your game improve?

CHAPTER 3:
The Advanced Game of Pool


You have gotten to grips with the basics of the game and are yearning for more. Well, we have you covered.

While stance, aim, and position are vital to your pool game, there are some extra areas which will elevate you from the casual novice player to the intermediate player who thinks about the game instead of only playing it.

Let’s take a look at how you can advance your game. 

​Advanced Drills And Practice


Yes, I am going to say it again. The best way to improve your game is to practice, practice, and practice.

Practice can come in many forms. Any time you are at a pool table, we are going to count this as practice time. Go to the bar with your friends, a pool hall with an opponent, or practice solo at home. They will all help to improve your game, but not all practice is created equal.

When you practice on your own, there are some practice games which will improve your overall game. 

​How to Break in pool


A good break can set you up to win the game

We have talked a lot about how to take a shot but how do we apply this to the break?

A good break can be the difference between winning and losing a game (often it is not, but it can be). A good break can result in a ball being pocketed, giving you a little control over the table and the game. So, what can you do to improve your break?

You do not need to add any fancy spin to a break. Instead, aim for the center of the cue ball.
Follow through is critical. You want to hit the balls with power. Follow through with the cue when you hit the cue ball.

When thinking about position, think about the cue ball being in the center of the table. What angle can you hit the balls at to achieve this?

If you do pocket a ball, take the time to view the entire table and plan your next shot. The next shot is more important than the break.

​When To Play It Safe


Also known as remember to think about tactics of the game

When you play a shot, try to play a safety. This involves playing a legal shot, not downing a ball but, instead, leaving the cue ball in a position where an opponent cannot directly hit the next ball. The most common form of this is hitting the next object ball with the cue ball and leaving the cue ball directly behind another ball.

Alternate shots. Try to play a safety on one shot and, on the next shot, try to get out of that safety.

Pool is about pocketing balls but there will be times when you need to play it safe. This game is a great way to practice that and will up your defensive game. 

​Working With Difficult Positions


sliding

A really difficult position

Throw all of the balls randomly out onto the table or break if you wish. Now, you are not allowed to pocket the balls directly.

To pocket a ball, you have to hit one object ball into another and have the second ball go into the pocket. This game improves your play when you cannot pocket the next object ball but do have a chance of pocketing another.

It is almost like playing with two cue balls. One cue ball hits another, and that cue ball hits the object ball. 

​Putting All Of Your Balls In One Basket


Set up the balls, break, and then try and pocket all of the balls in the same pocket. This pocket should be designated ahead of time or could be the first pocket used.

This game will help you to play less obvious shots. 

​How To Improve Your Positional Play


Take any three balls. Roll them out on the table. Place the cue ball wherever you want. Down the object balls in order.

If you miss a shot, start over but use one less object ball.

If you pocket all of the balls, start over with one extra ball.

This game will help you to improve your positional play. You will need to plan at least a shot ahead, maybe two or three shots. 

​Put It All Together


Follow our tips and your game will improve.

Play as much as you can and your game will improve.

Practice, practice, practice, and your game will improve.

Have fun, and your game will improve.

So, go out there and have some fun.

Best Squash Racket

Best Squash rackets Review

The benefits of squash are immeasurable. By playing squash, you can lengthen your life by, well, I have no idea of the stats and would not want to claim any life-lengthening benefits, but I do know that your health is going to be improved by getting your heart rate racing and your body moving. Squash is hard. Short, sharp movements and burst of speed and energy are needed to compete.

If you want to become really good at squash, then you need a little more than just fitness. The right clothing will allow you to move more freely, but the racket is what you want to focus on. The right racket will allow you to add power and speed to your ball. You need the fitness to get to the ball, but you also need the quality of racket to be able to hit the shot you want to hit.

The best rackets are lightweight and strong. They will help you to generate the power needed to slam the ball into the wall with speed or place the ball exactly where you want it with incredible accuracy. We have taken a look at some of the best rackets out there and are happy to recommend some of our favorites. 

1 - Best All-round Choice

Tecnifibre CarboFlex 125 Squash Racquet

Why we like it:

We like how much this racket can improve your game, especially if you have been playing for a while. You will notice the extra power and accuracy initially and then so much more.


Summary:

What a wonderful racket to use on the court. The lightness of the racket makes it easy to generate lots of power on your shot. This can be a double-edged sword (or double-edged racket). Professionals will find that their swing and technique is improved, and this is because their swing is already good. Beginners may find that it is harder to hit a shot initially until they improve their swing.

If you already have an accomplished swing, then you will find that this racket will give you more speed, accuracy, and power. You are going to be able to hit your targets easier and leave your opponent lagging behind. It is also a great racket for attacking the squash ball on the volley. When you hit the ball, you will also notice that there are little in the way of vibrations. The racket is balanced, and any vibrations are filtered down through the handle and out of the racket, giving you a more pleasant playing experience.

This is a racket which is geared towards advanced players, and those advanced players will find a lot to like. It is the best racket we could find, and one which will improve all aspects of your game. 

Key Features

Choice of weight

Balance: 350mm

Head 500 cm2

Graphite and Basaltex

Factory strung

Pros

Lightweight and easy to handle

Improved speed and power

Professional quality

Good tension in strings

Excellent grip

Cons

No color choice

Not for beginners

2

HEAD Micro Gel 145 Squash Racquet (Strung)

Why we like it:

We like that all levels of player will find something from this racket. It will improve the game of professionals but also enhance the play of beginners. Everyone will have better speed, accuracy, and power with this racket.


Summary:

The first racket on our list was amazing but geared more towards professionals. This is another amazing racket, but one which intermediate players, and even beginners, will find improves their game. You get all which you would expect from a professional racket, such as improved speed, accuracy, and power, but what is most impressive here is the feel of the racket. Not only does the grip feel comfortable and secure but any vibrations are taken from the racket.

The grip on the handle conforms to your hand to give you the most comfortable experience possible. You will also find that any vibrations are channeled down through the racket and out through the handle. You get zero feedback or vibration through the head, giving you even more accuracy and precision than you would expect.

If you are looking for control, then you cannot do better than this. 

Key Features

Beam: 20mm

Head size: 500cm2

Weight: 145g

Balance: 335mm

Grip size: 1

Pros

Racket comes stringed

Lightweight for power and speed

Excellent grip

Includes cover for protection

Handle absorbs vibrations

Cons

Expensive

No choice of color

3 - Pro Choice

HEAD Graphene XT Cyano 110 Squash Racquet

Why we like it:

A great racket for intermediate to professional players. The strength to weight ratio is perfect, and you will find that you are using your additional power to power past your opponent.


Summary:

A great racket which will give you a lot of power. We like the balance on this racket for generating that power. The racket is head heavy while remaining light. This allows you to generate lots of speed and power through a light backswing and then a lot of speed through the fore-swing and into the ball. The heavy head collides with the ball and forces it to move at high velocity. New players may need a little time to get used to the power of this racket, but for intermediate and professional players, it will be perfect.

We like the strength to weight ratio of this racket too. This helps you to generate the power and speed necessary to gain the upper hand against your opponent. The racket also has a wonderful feel which will carry you through many hours of practice time. 

Key Features

Weight: 110g

Beam: 20mm

Head size: 500cm

String pattern: 12/17

Balance: head heavy

Pros

Lightweight for lots of power and speed

Strong and durable

Pre-strung

Cover included for protection

Cons

Expensive

4

Tecnifibre Carboflex (S) Squash Racquet Series (125, 130, 135g Weights Available)

Why we like it:

A great racket for power players, especially those who are intermediate or professional. This racket has great balance and a lot to like. It is comfortable, fast, and accurate.


Summary:

This is a well-balanced racket which all levels of player will appreciate. One thing which we love about this racket is how unforgiving it is. If you do not play your shot well, then you are going to suffer. In the short-term, this can be annoying, but in the long-term, the unforgiving racket is going to help you improve your game. Beginners and professionals will find that their game improves with this squash racket.

The head is a little on the heavy side which is perfect if you are a power player, and will help you to create those power shots. The racket also feels solid and tough, allowing you to play with a lot of power and not worry about the racket or strings breaking (or your squash shoes...)

Key Features

Choice of weights

Head size: 500cm2

Balance: 350

Graphite and Basaltex

Pros

Strong and light

Comes pre-strung

Comfortable handle

Lightweight

Good balance

Cons

Expensive

No choice of color

5 - value for money choice

HEAD Nano Ti 110 Squash Racquet (Various Options)

Why we like it:

A great entry-level racket which is perfect for beginners. The racket has a lot of balance and will give you amazing control over your speed and power.


Summary:

This is a great racket for beginner players. You get a lot of control and balance with this racket, and you do not need to be perfect with every shot to generate your power and speed.


The racket is durable, versatile, and accommodating. The handle is comfortable and helps to filter out any vibrations which may affect your shot. For someone who is just starting out, this racket will help to take your game to the next level.

Key Features

Set options

Large head

Cover included

Length: 27 inches

Weight: 110 grams

Pros

Lightweight

Easy to handle

Can purchase a set for multiple players

Cover helps to protect the racket

Comes pre-strung

Cons

Could use a better grip

6

Dunlop Squash Court Pack

Why we like it:

This is a great set for anyone getting started with squash. You could buy this for yourself or as a present for someone else. It has everything you need to play a game of squash.


Summary:

If you are getting started with squash, then this set is perfect for you. Not only do you get a great racket but you also get two competition-level balls, protective eyewear, and a case to carry everything.


We especially like the addition of protective eyewear. This pair of protective glasses is light and tough. The racket is also sturdy and will hold up to extensive use. The balls round off the set are as high-quality as the racket and eyewear.

Key Features

Includes balls

Includes protective eyewear

Comes with carrying case

Weight: 175 grams

Head size: 500 cm2

Pros

Comes with everything needed to play the game

Pre-strung

The case protects racket and accessories

Competition-level balls

Lightweight

Easy to use

Cons

Not professional level

7

Head Microgel CT 135 Corrugated Squash Racquet

Why we like it:

This racket is great for beginners. It will give you more power than you are already getting while not detracting from your accuracy.


Summary:

If you are a beginner at squash and are looking for a racket to improve your game, then you have come to the right place. This racket from Head has all you need to improve your game when you are still learning the ins and outs. The racket is light enough to be swung with a lot of power and follow through, and the extra stiffness means that you can generate more torque and power in every shot without losing any accuracy.

The racket comes pre-strung when you buy it, and the tension in the strings is great. You power in each shot, but you also get control. This racket is a lot more forgiving than the other rackets on our list, so you are not going to lose any of your accuracy. 

Key Features

Weight: 135 grams

Head size: 500 cm2

Balance 375 mm

Pre-strung

Includes cover

Pros

Cover protects racket from harm

Great for beginners

Good all round racket

12% more stiffness for more power

Amazing handling

Excellent torsion

Affordable

Cons

Not professional-level

8

Black Knight Bandit 3 Squash Racquet

Why we like it:

Great for intermediate players who want to add more power to their game. Also great for expert players who have hit a plateau with their current racket.


Summary:

We love the grip on this racket. Not only does it look great but you will also find that your hand does not slip as much as it does when compared to other grips. Even when your hand gets sweaty, you are going to find that your hand stays in place. Not only does this mean that you are going to be hitting your shots with more accuracy each time but the lack of slipping means fewer abrasions and blisters on your hand — a comfortable grip which will bring you comfort in those long games.

We also like the stiffness of the racket. It allows us to hit the ball with a little more power than we get from other comparable rackets. Being so light, that power and speed translate into more power than you would think possible. You can generate a lot of speed with your backswing and then follow through with a ton of power. 

Key Features

Weight: 140 grams

Head size: 500 cm2

Stiffness: medium

Includes cover

Pre-strung

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Pros

For intermediate and advanced players

Large head gives more power

Cover protects racket from damage

Lightweight for more speed

Moderate stiffness

Cons

Expensive

Best Squash Shoes

Best Squash shoes Review

If you have ever played squash, then you know how much you need to run around the court. If you have never played squash, then I can tell you, you need to run around the court a lot. Squash is a high-speed game. The court is relatively small, but you are also sharing the court area with your opponent.

The squash ball is usually moving from side to side as you swing the racket, so you need to be nimble, quick on your feet, and avoid your opponent, all at the same time. This is where your footwear comes in.

A great pair of squash shoes can be the difference between winning a game and losing a game. It can be the difference between staying on your feet and ending up on the floor. Great squash shoes are safety equipment. They stop you from sliding and slipping, keeping you on your feet and in the game.

We have taken a look at some of the best squash shoes out there, and we have some recommendations for you. Let’s take a look at our list, starting with our number one choice, and if you're in a hurry we've outlined the best options for any budget below.

1 - pro choice

Salming Kobra Men's Shoe Black/Yellow (12)

Why we like it:

These are shoes which are designed for professional players, but that does not mean everyone cannot use them. They may be expensive, but the cost is worth the enhanced performance which you will get.


Summary:

There is a lot of technology in this shoe, making it perfect for professional players or those who want to play as well as they can. The materials used are fabric and synthetic, creating a shoe which is light and flexible. The materials are also breathable and can wick away any water which may accumulate inside of the shoe, leading to fewer blisters and abrasions. The lightweight fabrics are also extremely cushioning, giving you the most comfortable experience possible.

We like the use of Rebound foam in the shoe. This energy foam provides 80% more rebound energy than regular EVA midsole compounds. When you are pushing off with your foot, you will literally have more spring in your step. The RollBar on the inner side of the outside sole further enhances your push-off with each step. You are better able to roll your foot inwards and push off with your toe to generate more power and speed in your turns and movements.

The part of the shoe from the heel to the ball of the foot has also been designed with careful consideration. You get extra stability when you are planted or moving. You also get greater flexibility leading to a more natural movement. Great shoes which will improve anyone’s game. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Choice of color/style

Fabric and synthetic

Rebound foam

RollBar

Pros

Lightweight

80% better rebound energy

Toe push-off

Great flexibility

Promotes natural movement

Stable

Cushioning

Cons

Expensive

2

Mizuno Wave Bolt 7 Mens White-Black 16 White/Black

Why we like it:

These are great shoes for adding comfort to your game. They are great for all level of player and will do two main things: absorb any shocks and remove any moisture. A comfortable experience for hours.


Summary:

If you suffer from warm or moist feet when you play, then these shoes will be perfect for you. The air-mesh upper not only gives you superior comfort but also gives amazing breathability. The air-mesh allows the air to flow through the shoes, cooling your feet when they are warm and wicking away any moisture which has built up. The result is even more comfort in an already comfortable shoe, and fewer abrasions or blisters. The intercool system reduces overall heat in the shoe and humidity build-up.

The SR-Touch shock-absorbing midsole will comfort your feet and also reduce the stress from the impact on your feet. The midsole is lighter than many midsoles while still providing you with advanced shock absorption. When you are transitioning or planting your feet securely, you will not feel the jolt that you would with other shoes. The result is a more comfortable experience in the long-term. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Textile and synthetic

Synthetic sole

Air mesh upper

Shock-absorbing midsole

Pros

Breathable and moisture wicking

Absorbs shocks for comfortable play

Lightweight

Reduced heat and humidity

Comfortable

Cons

No choice of color

3

HEAD Men's Sonic 2000 MID Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes (Non-Marking) (Black/Blue) 11.0 (D) US

Why we like it:

We like the shock absorption of these shoes. The reinforced heel is also nice. If you feel that you are ending your games with sore feet or have lots of injuries, then you should give these shoes a try.


Summary:

We like the comfort you get in every step with these shoes. When you are running around in them, that added comfort translates to more power in your game. As you ease into every game, your feet are not an issue anymore. You can concentrate on the game and do what you know how to do best.

The mesh element and the durable synthetic leather ensure that the shoes not only fit comfortably but are also extremely breathable. This means that you will not have constant friction in your shoes and your feet will not rub. There will also be no moisture in the shoe as the water is wicked away by the circulation of air.

The pre-molded heel also gives superior comfort and offers extra stability when compared to other shoes on the market. A better base for your feet means you do not run the risk of as many injuries. When you plant your feet, you will feel more secure. You also do not run the risk of marking up the court when you are planting your feet with the non-marking soles. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Non-marking sole

Weight: 11.6 oz

EVA midsole

Pros

Comfortable

Heel frame provides support

Classic look and design

Breathable

Shock-absorbing

Cons

Could be better quality

4 - Best All-round choice

HEAD Men's Grid 2.0 Low Racquetball/Squash Indoor Court Shoes (Non-Marking)(Black/White) 9.5 (D) US

Why we like it:

This is a great intermediate shoe for all squash players. It is reasonably priced, deals with heat and moisture effectively, and holds up well to abrasions and wear.


Summary:

We love the climate control system on these shoes. The system is innovative, providing you with more breathability than most pairs of shoes on the market. In a high-velocity game like squash, that is a key feature which your shoes need. The result is an absorption and release of any heat build up while the air is free to circulate and wick away any moisture.

The HyBrasion technology is a high-abrasion rubber formula which reinforces the high-stress areas of the shoe, such as the soles. This means that you have superior toe drag resistance and also that the shoe is going to hold up better to abrasion against a surface, leaving you with a shoe which lasts longer. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Two color options

Synthetic

Rubber sole

Air-mesh upper

Pros

Great for any indoor court

Soles do not mark the floor

Breathable and comfortable

Lightweight

Synthetic leather upper is flexible and strong

Cons

Not as high-quality as others

No choice of color

5

Wilson Unisex Recon Black/Sulphur Spring 9.5 Women / 8 Men M US

Why we like it:

Great shoes for beginners or intermediate players. The sole provides excellent cushioning which will reduce injuries from impact. The shoe is also light and breathable, giving you superior comfort.


Summary:

This is a great entry-level shoe for all beginner or intermediate squash players. The synthetic leather upper has breathable mesh supports which allow the air to circulate freely through the shoe. This means less moisture and heat on your foot and, as a result, fewer blisters and abrasions.

The stable chassis technology also means that you have optimum torsional stability. When you are planted, you are planted, but when you need to move, you can kick off and get moving with speed and power. The gum rubber sole and comfortable midsole give you exceptional cushioning and rebound. When you do plant your feet or change direction, you will not feel the impact. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Two color options

Made in the USA

Lightweight

Classic design

Faux leather and mesh

Pros

Great for all indoor courts

Lightweight and breathable

Comfortable fit

Lots of cushioning

Good rebound

Cons

None

6 - Best Value Choice

KELME STAR 360  7.5 D(M) US Black

Why we like it:

Great shoes for all level of players. They are extremely comfortable, hold up in any conditions, and proved a non-slip and high-performance platform for squash players.


Summary:

For a squash shoe as professional as this, we were surprised at how affordable it was. This is a professional squash shoe for any player which will not break the bank. From bottom to top, this shoe has been designed to give you optimal performance in squash while being comfortable and breathable too.

The technology from Michelin tires has been applied to the sole of the shoe. Just as you get great grip from well-made tires, you get great grip from the soles of these shoes. Even when you are changing direction at speed, you will find that your foot does not slip on the court. With a 360-design, you can push the shoe in any direction and get a great grip, no matter what the condition of the playing surface is.

The mesh and leather outsole provides you with a lot of flexibility and breathability. As you are moving around, the shoe will flex with your foot. This means that the shoe is not rubbing against your foot and causing blisters. The added air circulation also means that moisture is wicked away from the inside of the shoe and there is less chance of rubbing and abrasions.

The entire shoe works together to bring you the most comfort and best performance. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Choice of color/style

Leather

Michelin rubber

Mesh inserts

Pros

Great grip on the sole

Lightweight

Mesh makes the shoes breathable

High-performance

Durable and tough

Affordable

Flexible

Cons

No arch support

Best Squash Balls

Best Squash balls Review

Playing a great game of squash requires a great racket and squash shoes (along with some talent when it comes to the game), but there is a third vital ingredient which most of us do not think about. You cannot play a game of squash without a squash ball.

A great squash ball will hold up to being hit multiple times, both against your racket and against the wall. The will have enough speed and bounce to keep the game flowing, and enough visibility for you to be able to see the ball as it flies through the air.

When it comes to squash balls, the technology has advanced through the years, and the balls which we play with today are the best of the best. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites, starting with our favorites.

1 - Best All-Around

Dunlop Pro High Altitude - Green Dot (One dozen) Squash Balls

Why we like it:

We like that you get a dozen balls in this pack, enough to last for a long time. We also like that these are great balls for all level of players and will give superior bounce at high altitudes.


Summary:

These balls are specifically designed for use at high altitudes. If you live at a high altitude, then these balls will give you superior bounce and speed. When you buy a squash product from Dunlop, you know that you are getting a high-quality product, and these balls are no different.

The bounce is superior to most balls, and you may even find that you get a little more bounce than you are used to. You will also find that that bounce translates into more speed, which will help to improve your reaction time and your game.

The price for these balls is for a dozen, so you are getting a lot of balls for your squash games. We like that you have plenty of backup balls, as squash balls will inevitably break down over time. This pack will keep you going for a long time. 

Key Features

12 balls included

Black

Pros

Easy to use

Good bounce

Excellent speed

For use at high altitudes

Cons

None

2 - Best Pro Balls

Dunlop Sports Pro XX Squash 3 Ball Tube

Why we like it:

This is a great set for anyone who is passionate about squash or who aims to become a professional. When you are using these balls, you are using the balls which professionals use in all of their competitions.


Summary:

This is a great set of balls.


They are the only balls which are used in international professional competitions. They are also approved by the Professional Squash Association, the World Squash Association, and the International Squash Players Association. 


They have been crafted from high-performance, elastic hydrocarbon polymer for enhanced bounce and amazing durability. The three balls come packed in a vacuum-sealed tube to ensure that the balls are as fresh as possible and have no damage or cracks when you first use them.

Key Features

Set of 3 balls

WSF approved

PSA approved

International competition-quality

Hydrocarbon polymer

Two dots

Pros

Amazing bounce

Vacuum packed for freshness

Durable and tough

High-quality

Affordable

Cons

Only three balls for the price

3 - Pro Alternative

Tecnifibre Double Yellow Dot Squash Balls - 4 Pack

Why we like it:

We like that a professional player has come together with Technifibre to create a ball which is perfect for professionals. Great for enhancing your game.


Summary:

When you take the number one player in the world and have them design a squash ball with you, you know that you are getting the very best. That is exactly what has happened here. Technifiber has teamed with Thierry Lincou to create a squash ball which every professional will be proud to play with. The balls are even approved by the World Squash Federation.

These balls are definitely for experienced players. Novices will find it hard to adjust to the speed and bounce of the ball, but professionals will find their game improved in ways they had not even thought of. 

Key Features

Double yellow dot

4-pack

For experienced players

Pros

Developed with Thierry Lincou

Great for developing your game

Good speed and bounce

Affordable

WSF-approved

Cons

Not for beginners

4 - Best Intermediate Balls

DUNLOP Competition Squash Balls (3 Ball Tube)

Why we like it:

Great for intermediate players who have gone as far as they can go with beginner balls. The hang time will help you to elevate and work on your game.


Summary:

Once you have gotten to grips with the game, these balls are perfect for taking your game to the next level. These balls have been designed specifically for intermediate players who play at regular altitudes.


One thing which we really like about these balls is the extra hang time in the air. The balls are one yellow dot but generate a lot more speed than you would expect. That leads to more time in the air, and more time to get your shot away. They are the same size as professional balls, so the transition between the two is an easy one.

When we played with these balls, we appreciated the consistent bounce we got. The speed and hang time was also a nice challenge to add to our game. 

Key Features

3-pack

For intermediate players

Competition size

Black

One yellow dot

Vacuum packed

Pros

For intermediate players

Great bounce

Durable and tough

Fast

10% more hang time

Cons

Not for high altitudes

5 - Best Beginner Balls

Wilson Staff Squash Balls (3-Pack)

Why we like it:

We like that these balls are accessible to beginners and advanced players. The bounce is consistent which means that your play is consistent too.


Summary:

This is a great set of balls for any level of squash player. You get three balls in the pack, each is black in color and has two yellow dots. This means that the balls provide you with consistent bounce and great speed. Beginners will especially appreciate the consistent bounce while more advanced players will be able to focus on the enhanced speed in their game.

These balls are durable and tough. Even though you only get three balls in the pack, they will last you for a long time. They meet all of the World Squash Federation specifications, and they are ideal for tournament play and practice. 

Key Features

3-pack

Black

Two yellow dots

Tournament-quality

Pros

Consistent bounce

Durable and tough

Meets WSF specifications

Same size and weight as tournament balls

Good visibility

Cons

Only 3 balls in a pack

Best Shuffleboard Table

Best shuffleboard tables Review

What would you say to a shuffleboard table in your home?

You probably think that I am mad.

Who has the space or money for a shuffleboard table? 

Granted, they are larger than most games tables which you can buy, but they are not actually that big. They are long, but they are also narrow. 

If you have the space for a pool table or a ping pong table, then you probably have space for a shuffleboard table.

And the price? They do cost a little, but they have never been more affordable than they are now. Whether you are looking for one for your home or are ordering one for a community center or other group building, there has never been a better time to purchase a high-quality shuffleboard table than now.

The great thing about a shuffleboard table, especially a high-quality one, is that they will last forever (well, not forever, but certainly for a long time). They need a little maintenance from time to time, but they are long-lasting and have great resale value.

A shuffleboard table will bring you hours of fun. It is a great game for all the family, with new players being able to pick it up quickly and easily. We have searched all of the online world to bring you the best shuffleboard tables out there.

As always, we start with our number one choice, but if you're in a hurry, check out the table with the best picks for any price range below.

1 - Pro choice

Playcraft Telluride Pro-Style Shuffleboard Table with Electronic Scorer, Honey, 16-Feet

Why we like it:

This shuffleboard table looks great but what sets it apart from the rest is the addition of an electronic scoreboard. We love the position of it and the look, which fits in seamlessly with the overall look of the table.


Summary:

This is another wonderful shuffleboard which will entice novices and professionals. The solid wood butcher block brings you quality. A solid piece of wood is preferable over laminate. The solid wood will provide you with a better playing surface, and you have wax to keep the playing surface smooth and soft.

The horseshoe ends, encircled by tough Canadian maple, provide increased strength to the table, and the grey carpeted walls and gutter help with noise reduction (perfect if you are playing with kids). The shuffleboard table also comes with eight weights, four blue and four red for competitive play; a board sweep, the wax, and playing instructions complete the set.

We love the electronic scoreboard. It adds a hint of professionalism to the proceedings and gives you something extra over the competition. Never again will a player complain about their score nor will there be any mix-ups when it comes to tournament play. 

Key Features

Electronic scorer

Multiple sizes

Multiple finishes

Canadian maple

Equipment included

Pros

Game is scored electronically

High-quality playing surface

Solid wood butcher block

Includes playing instructions

Extra wax for keeping the surface smooth

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

2 - Value For Money Choice

Playcraft Woodbridge 9' Espresso Shuffleboard Table

Why we like it:

This is a great entry-level shuffleboard table for all levels of player. The table is solid, durable, and beautiful. If you have this in your home, you will be the envy of all your friends.


Summary:

This is an amazing shuffleboard table. Even seeing it in a picture, you can see that it is a solid table with a lot of quality. This table is heavy. When you order this table, you need to make sure that you have a friend or two ready to help you move it when it is delivered and put it together. Once it is together, it is going to last for a long, long time.

We like that you have options when you order this table. The shuffleboard table is available in a choice of sizes, so you do not need to worry about fitting a full-size table into your home. If you have the space, then great. You also have a choice of four finishes. Each finish is beautiful and will complement a room well.

You will notice that the playing surface is a butcher block, a solid piece of wood, which sits alone like an island. We love this look. The solid wood butcher block is finished with multiple coats of satin polyurethane to protect the wood and provide the glossed surface to play on. The interior walls and floor around the butcher block are then finished with color-coordinated carpet for a stylish and professional look. The legs are solid and have levelers on the bottom so you can create the levelest playing surface possible. 

Key Features

Multiple sizes

Multiple finishes

Edge glued

Butcher block style

High-quality

500 pounds

Pros

Great for beginners and professionals

All playing equipment included

Leg cabinet storage

Smooth and low-friction

Interior wall carpet

Cons

Expensive

Needs assembly

3

Playcraft St Lawrence 12' Pro-Style Shuffleboard Table with 3' Butcher Block Playfield, Chestnut

Why we like it:

We like that all players will feel at home on this shuffleboard table. The table is chunky, solid, and durable, but also features a playing surface which is easy to learn on, and improve your game on.


Summary:

This table looks amazing. The wood is solid, rich, and well-finished. We like the chunky look of the table. It looks solid but still has class and style to it. The hardwood has been precision machined and hand-assembled for a lifetime of reliable play. The playing surface is a slab of Canadian maple. The butcher block surface has then had polymer poured onto it for an even and clean playing surface.

The table is available in three lengths: 12’, 14’, and 16’. You also have your choice of two finishes: chestnut or espresso. The matching carpeted sides and gutters look great and help to reduce the noise when the weights come off the playing surface — a great shuffleboard table which is accessible for all players. 

Key Features

Choice of sizes

Hardwood

Traditional scoring pattern

3” thick playing surface

20” wide butcher block

Canadian maple

Pros

Climate adjusters for added protection

Poured polymer for even play

Solid square legs

Carpeted gutter and walls for noise reduction

Amazing look

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

4

Carmelli Dark Cherry 9 Foot Shuffleboard Table

Why we like it:

We like that this is a smaller table than some of the others on the list and that it comes with an attractive price tag. This is a great entry-level shuffleboard table for all levels of player.


Summary:

If you are looking for a shuffleboard table for a smaller area or you cannot afford the price tag of a full-size shuffleboard table, then this could be just what you are looking for. This table is nine foot long and features everything you would expect of a professional shuffleboard table. The table looks great, with a smooth and sleek dark cherry surround and a solid butcher block playing area. You also have leg levelers on the bottom of each leg so you can level the table after it has been assembled.

The solid butcher block playing surface also features climate adjusters so you can be assured that the playing surface will remain smooth and even no matter the weather. The smooth polyurethane finish provides you with a surface which is sleek. You also get high-quality pucks to get started with a game immediately, and wax to help protect the playing surface over time. 

Key Features

108” x 24” x 31”

250 pounds

6” end aprons

Cabinet-grade corners

6” leg levelers

Pros

Leg levelers for a balanced game

Butcher block playing surface

Small for smaller areas

Solid and tough

Dark cherry finish

Affordable

Cons

Heavy

Best Portable & Small Pool Tables

Best Portable and small pool tables Review

When it comes to playing pool, there is usually one stumbling block which holds people back from installing a pool table in their home. In fact, there are two, but they usually go hand in hand. A pool table can be a massive expense, even though quality pool tables have never been more affordable, and can turn people away. This makes sense. Not everyone has the money lying around to spend on a pool table.

The other thing which puts people off is the size of a full-size pool table. Not everyone has the space to install a pool table in their home. Well, we may have a solution for you. With a folding or portable pool table, you do not have to worry about the space needed nor the expense. Folding and portable pool tables take away the expense and the need for a lot of space in your home.

The best portable pool tables have never been more affordable or of higher quality. We have been on a mission to find the best and most affordable portable pool tables and have compiled some of our favorites. Let’s take a look at the very best. 

1

Mini Tabletop Pool Set- Billiards Game Includes Game Balls, Sticks, Chalk, Brush and Triangle-Portable and Fun for the Whole Family by Hey! Play!

Why we like it:

We love the size of this table. You can play on it anywhere in the home where there is a surface (even on the ground). The table is also small enough to be portable. Pack it up and take it anywhere with you.


Summary:

If you do not have a lot of space in your home for a pool table, then this could be perfect for you. This miniature pool table does not take up a lot of room, fitting onto almost any tabletop for a fun and entertaining game of pool. At only twenty inches long and twelve inches wide, this pool table will fit anywhere.

There is no set up needed to get this pool table ready to play. You also have all the accessories needed to start a game as soon as you unpack the box. The pool cues are perfectly-sized for the table and are weighted to give you a professional game.


The balls feel great as they collide against each other, bounce off the cushions, and fall into the pockets. The table is strong and sturdy, making it great for children to practice on without you worrying about the table taking any damage or wear and tear — the perfect table to learn on or just to have fun with. 

Key Features

Small and portable

Professional look

Weighted cues

20.25” x 12.25” x 3.5”

Accessories included

Pros

Small footprint

Great bounce on cushions

Professional-style mini cues

Affordable

Easy to use

Cons

Quite small

2

Rally and Roar Tabletop Pool Table Set and Accessories, 40” x 20” x 9” - Mini, Travel-Size Billiard Tables, Balls, Cues, and Rack - Fun, Portable Family Games for Family, Parties, Camping, Road Trips

Why we like it:

We love the professionalism in this table. Not only is the table high-quality with a professional look but the accessories are too. The result is a table which the entire family will love to use.


Summary:

This is another great portable pool table which will save you space. We like that this table comes with legs, elevating the table above the surface which it is on.


For such a small and portable table, it also features a great look. We like the grey felt and the wooden surround. The look is professional, and it is also durable. The same is true for the accessories. The balls and cues are not full-size, but that has not stopped them from being created with precision and elegance. The cues are 20% heavier than most cues for pool tables this size, giving you more control and power in your shots.

At forty inches in length, you almost have a half-size pool table. This would be great to learn the game on or to add in some more practice of angles and cue ball control. 

Key Features

40” x 20” x 9”

Has legs

Space-saver

Durable

Weighted cues

Pros

Professional balls and cues for a professional game

Strong and tough

Amazing look

Great for all ages

Accessories included

Cons

Not a professional-grade pool table

3

Sunnydaze 36-Inch Indoor Mini Tabletop Pool Table Set with 1 Triangle, 16 Balls, 2 Cues, 2 Pieces of Chalk and 1 Brush - Small Billiards Game Table with Accessories

Why we like it:

We like the quality of this table. The table looks and plays great. The accessories are smaller than the ones which you get with a full-size table, but they are still high-quality and professional. This is a table which everyone will love to play on.


Summary:

Another wonderful pool table which will save you space while allowing you to play a fun and entertaining game. At only thirty-six inches long, this table will fit in any room, on any surface or the floor. The setup is easy, and you can be playing in minutes. The cues and balls have a quality which you would not expect from a table this size, especially one so affordable, and you also get a brush to take care of your table.

You get a good bounce from the cushions, and we like how the balls drop into the pockets. There are no annoying pocket bounces which you get with some cheaper tables — a great table for any level of player. 

Key Features

36” x 20” x 8.5”

14 pounds

Woodgrain finish

Easy setup

Accessories included

Pros

Easy for any level of player

Space-saving

Classic green felt

Dark finish gives a professional look

Quality accessories

Cons

Not professional-grade

4

RACK Leo Folding 4-Foot Billiard/Pool Table

Why we like it:

A great table for all players to learn on. You will be amazed at the professional quality of such an affordable table.


Summary:

When it comes to entertaining your guests, what could be better than bringing out a pool table, unfolding it before their eyes, and getting a game started in a couple of minutes? That is exactly what you can do with this folding pool table. The pool table is extremely easy to assemble when you get it delivered, and you can then fold and unfold it with ease. When it is folded, the pool table can be stored easily, and when it is unfolded, you get a half-size pool table which is perfect for quick games, quick practices, or children.

There are leg levelers on each of the legs so you can level the table easily before you start a game, no matter what the condition of the floor underneath. It is also light enough for one person to be able to transport and fold it. You get all the included accessories needed for a game, including two cues, the balls, a rack, and chalk. We like that the balls have a solid feel to them and, even though they are not full-size, will mimic the shots you get with full-size balls. This helps you to work on your power and accuracy, with the angles of play being the same as in a full-size game.

This is a great table for all of the family or for games nights with friends. You are not going to get a full-size professional table, but that is not what you are looking for. This is a table which is going to save you space and money while bringing a lot of fun and entertainment. 

Key Features

4-foot

Space-saving

Lightweight

Accessories included

Lifetime warranty

42 pounds

Pros

Easy to assemble

Professional felt

Great cushion bounce

Great for learning on

Easy to fold and unfold

Cons

Cues could be better quality

5

IFOYO Billiard Table, 55 Inch Folding Pool Table Steady Modern Space Saving Billiard Table Game for Kids and Adults with Cues, Ball, Chalk, Rack, Brush Included

Why we like it:

Great for every room of the house. We like how compact this table folds up, allowing you to store it under the bed if needed. We also like how professional this table looks and how professional it plays.


Summary:

We love the look of this table. You have a choice of two colors: blue or green. The classic green will fit with any room while the rich blue adds a little more style and panache to the look. The wooden surround adds some elegance while the leather-style pockets add some class to the proceedings.

When this table is delivered, you can have it assembled in minutes. It is also light enough that one person can assemble and lift the table. When you are folding and unfolding the table, you need to remove and replace screws in the legs, but when you have done that, the table folds down slim enough to be stored in a closet or under the bed.

The accessories are included with your purchase. You get two cues, a set of balls, a rack, chalk, and a table brush to keep the felt in tip-top condition.

We love the roll and level of bounce which you get with this table. More than you would expect for a table which folds. 

Key Features

55” x 29” x 31.5”

2.75” folded height

Accessories included

Easy assembly

Pros

High-quality design

Slim profile for easy storage

Rich blue or green color

Set up in seconds

Easy to fold and unfold

Affordable

Cons

Need to remove screws to fold table

Best Pool Cues

Best pool cues Review

If you want to be a professional pool player, then you need to play with the best pool cue. The best pool cue is going to be weighted perfectly to give you a balanced shot every time. This is going to translate into more control over the cue ball, giving you more spin, power, and speed. The best cues are going to feel like an extension of your arm, giving you the accuracy you need to find position on the next ball until, before you know it, you are on the black.

Of course, not all of us are going to be professional players, nor do we want to be, but we do want to play as well as we can. The best pool cues have never been more affordable, meaning that we all have access to the best pool cues irrelevant of whether we are going to compete in big tournaments or not.

We have taken a long hard look at the pool cues which are out there and selected some of our favorites. You do not need to spend a fortune to get a pool cue which is going to improve your game. It does not matter if you are a beginner or have been playing for years, there is a pool cue on our list for everyone. Let’s take a look, starting with our number one choice. 

1

Lucasi Custom Birds-Eye Maple Sneaky Pete Pool Cue with Upgraded Shaft, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We love the quality of this cue. It is easy to play with for novices and professionals alike, and all types of players will find that their game is enhanced with this cue.


Summary:

When it comes time to choose your cue, we highly recommend that you invest in this one. Not only is it a high-quality cue but you can also choose your cue from a variety of weights. You can customize the cue with the perfect weight for you. When you do, you get a cue which performs and looks beautiful. The maple cue has an antique stain with a mother of pearl inlay. The wood to wood Uni-Loc quick release joint allows you to take the cue apart easily and have a seamless look when the cue is assembled.

The tapered design was created by Thorsten Hohmann, a two-time world champion. The maple is solid, giving great weight and feel when you are playing your shot, and the Everest tip plays like you have been playing with it for years, right from the very first shot. Each shot you take will come with a kick, and the cue will stay on a true path to give you the shot you envision in your mind. The cue has also been treated so that it will not warp or bend when exposed to moisture.

This is a great cue for taking your game to a whole new level. Professional players will love how this cue looks and feels while novices will find the cue easy to handle. It will be a great addition to any pool table.

Key Features

Smooth and seamless joints

Lifetime warranty

Carbon technology

12.75mm shaft

Various weights

29 inches

Pros

Low-core shaft for a light and controlled shot

Tapered design

True shaft for a true shot

Beautiful cue

Good grip

Cons

Expensive

2

Lucasi Custom Mystic Black and Curly Maple Pool Cue with Cocobola and Snakewood Banded Rings, 19.5-Ounce

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all levels of players. Professionals will find that their game is enhanced while beginners will find they play the best games of their lives after lifting this cue for the first time.


Summary:

Lucasi make great pool cues. This is another beautiful cue from their pool cue line. The natural maple wood is banded with Cocobola and Snakewood rings for a sleek-looking handle. The Mystic Black design looks great, and it plays great too. The Uni-Loc quick-release joint and butt cap will allow you to assemble and disassemble the pool cue with ease, giving you a seamless joint when the pool cue is assembled. Again, the tapered design is courtesy of two-time world champion Thorsten Hohmann.

The old-school maple construction combined with the Everest tip gives you a play which is smooth and controlled. You will find that you have a lot of power at your disposal while being able to control the cue ball effortlessly. The cue is great for adding spin and control to your shot, leaving the cue ball exactly where it needs to be.

The modern technology packed into this cue makes it great for professional players and beginners. No matter how long you have been playing for, this cue will enhance your game and improve your results in tournaments and single matches. 

Key Features

Maple wood

Quick release joint

Solid core

Stylish and beautiful

4-piece

Pros

Beautiful and impressive

Cue is smooth for a smooth shot

Easy to assemble and disassemble

Gives great ball control

Powerful

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

3

Players Technology Series HXT15 Two-Piece Pool Cue Style: 19 oz.

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all players. There is a choice of weights so players can find the exact cue for their style. Beginners will love it, especially the grip and improved performance which that brings.


Summary:

This cue looks amazing. We love the natural look of the maple wood, finished with Nelsonite, epoxy, and pig skin. The Nelsonite helps to protect the cue from changes in the atmospheric pressure while the epoxy will prevent the cue from warping when it is exposed to moisture. The ten layers of pig skin on the handle make this an easy cue to wield with a superior grip. A grip like this gives you more control over your power, accuracy, and spin.

The low-deflection Ferrule reduces the deflection through strokes giving you more accuracy and better control over your exact spin. This also leads to more power and controlled power. The stainless steel joint and slimline butt cap keep the cue together and maintain the inner strength of it — a great all-round cue for all players. 

Key Features

Two piece

Choice of weights

Maple wood

Epoxy finish

Pig-skin grip

Pros

The excellent grip gives superior handling

Nelsonite treatment protects against moisture

Stainless steel joints are strong

Reduced deflection of shots

Powerful

Cons

No case included

4

Players C-960 Classic Crimson Birds-Eye Maple with Triple Silver Rings Cue, 21-Ounce

Why we like it:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. From the very first shot, you will feel more in control of the game.


Summary:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. The cue looks professionals and gives you a professional performance. With a choice of cue weight, you can find the exact weight suited to your game.


The cue is solid and well made, the stainless steel collar keeps the cue in shape and adds power and stability to each shot. The hard oak leather tip holds its shape longer than other tips giving you more consistent play, the longer you play with the cue.


The double-pressed Irish linen wrap gives you a classic, slip-free grip which will also bring you consistency. Having a slip-free grip means that you are going to be able to apply the correct amount of pressure to the cue ball and at the correct place, giving you more power and spin.

Key Features

Choice of weights

Irish linen wrap

Stainless steel joint collar

13mm tip

Oak leather tip

Pros

Great grip for more control

Choice of weight for customized play

Consistent

Cue holds shape for longevity

Lots of power

Cons

No case included

5

Players D-JS White with Jester on Pool Balls and Dripping Card Suits Cue, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We recommend this cue to anyone who likes the design. It is definitely a cue for someone who wants a unique cue to go with their unique personality but more than that, it is also a cue which will give you superior performance.


Summary:

A great cue for anyone who wants something a little different when it comes to the design. With a colorful jester on the shaft of the cue and dripping card suits, you have a cue design like no other. Couple this with the black embossed design on the base and you have a wonderfully unique cue which will impress all of your friends.

The rubberized grip on the base is one of the best features of this cue. You can generate lots of torque with the enhanced grip, bringing more power and control to your shots. The wood is solid, so you know that the follow-through is going to be solid too. The 13mm tip finishes off the cue to give you uniform and consistent play through any shot. 

Key Features

Solid black grip

Jester design

Stainless steel joint collar

Various weights

13mm tip

Pros

Unique and fun design

Consistent play

Comfortable grip

Improved torque

Speed and control

Cons

No additional color choices

6

CUESOUL SOOCOO Series Maple Pool Cue Stick Set 58 inch 19 oz 12.75mm Tip with Joint/Shaft Protector and Cue Towel Yellow

Why we like it:

We love the look of these cues. There are four individual designs, each with its own artwork and color scheme. You are sure to find the perfect cue from the choices.


Summary:

There are so many great design choices here that you are sure to find one which you love. You also have your choice when it comes to selecting the size of the tip, which is crafted from the finest soft leather, great for controlling the cue ball.


The unique rocket-pin connector for the two parts of the cue means that you get a seamless and strong fit. We like the connection covers which some with the cue. Slip them on when the cue is in two parts, and the connectors will never become inadvertently clogged or broken.

This is a great all-around cue for beginners or intermediate players. The cue is affordable and will give you a great balance between control and power. 

Key Features

Multiple colors

Multiple designs

Multiple sizes

19 oz

Maple wood

Stainless steel collar

Pros

Strong and durable

Canadian maple for a strong core

Great grip for control

Lots of choices

Includes covers and cloth

Cons

Large tip

7

Set of Aska L2 Billiard Pool Cue Sticks, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 5/16x18 Joint, 13mm Hard Tip, Mixed Weights (Set of 5 Sticks)

Why we like it:

If you have a group of people, then this is a perfect choice. We like this set for a tournament or league where everyone can have their own distinct cue.


Summary:

When you buy this set of pool cues, you get five distinct cues, each with their own color and weight. The cues are all the same length, so you have options here. You can use each one individually to find the perfect cue for you, or you can use this set for a group of friends or family members. The set is also great as backups to your main cue.

We like the black nylon wraps near the base. The nylon gives you non-slip grip which will enhance your play, giving you greater control over your power and spin. 

Key Features

Set of 5

58”

Five colors

Nylon wrap

Mixed weights

Pros

Perfect for groups of players

Can give multiple backup cues

Five distinct colors

Weight options to find your perfect game

13mm tip for great control

Canadian maple for durability

Cons

Not professional quality

8

TaiBA 2-Piece Pool Stick + Hard Case, 13mm Tip, 58', Hardwood Canadian Maple Professional Billiard Pool Cue Stick 19-22 Oz (Selectable)-Blue, Black, Red, Gray, Green, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that you get a carry case with this cue. We also like the options you get with multiple styles and colors to choose from.


Summary:

We love that this cue comes with a protective case. The cue comes apart into two pieces for easy transport and then fits into the neat protective case for added protection when you are traveling to and from games. The solid Canadian maple is strong and long-lasting and has been covered in seven layers of varnish. This protects the wood from warping and bowing should it come into contact with moisture.

The leather wrap on the base gives a comfortable grip which will help you apply the correct amount of power and spin to the cue ball. You will not need to clean a pool cue often, but we found this one extremely easy to clean — an easy cue to maintain for beginner and intermediate players. 

Key Features

Variety of colors

Multiple sizes

Case included

Canadian maple

9 layers of varnish

Pros

Comfortable and easy to use

2-piece for easy transit

Varnish protects from warping

Case protects cue in transit

Rubber bumper protects the base

Cons

Not for professionals

9

Iszy Billiards BND-01-48-19 Short 48' 2Piece Hardwood Maple Pool Cue Billiard Stick 19 Oz, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that what you see is what you get. The design is classic, the price is reasonable, and you are able to play the game well with a tip and grip designed for precision.


Summary:

This is a perfect starter cue and one which will not cost you a lot of money. This is not a cue for professionals, but it will still serve to enhance your game. If you are starting out, you do not want anything too fancy as you are learning the game. This cue is simple and gets the job done.

We especially like the Irish linen wrap near the base which will give you a lot of control and accuracy. Having the correct grip allows you to control the power precisely and add spin to the cue ball, leaving the ball perfectly positioned for your next shot — a great cue at a great price. 

Key Features

2-piece

Maple wood

Choice of three colors

Two weight options

48”

Pros

Strong and tough

Great all-around cue

Irish linen wrap for great grip

Balanced and controlled

Classic design

Affordable

Cons

Not for professionals

10

ASKA Set of 5 Wrapless L3 Billiard Pool Cues, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 13mm Hard Le Pro Tip, Mixed Weights, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red. Improve Your Game Room

Why we like it:

We like that you get five quality cues at an affordable price. The cues have a classic look and are colorful.


Summary:

This is another perfect cue if you are starting a tournament or league. You could order one or two of these sets and give everyone their own cue. If you have your own pool table in your home, then this is perfect to pick up to have for your friends and family. We like that there are five different colors and five different weights. The various weights allow you to practice with each to find the perfect pool cue for your game.

All of the cues are the same length so that you can find consistency if you are trying out multiple weights. They also have the same feel. When you change the weight, you are not changing anything else about this cue. Perfect for groups or tournaments. They can also be used on small pool tables.

Key Features

5 cues

5 colors

Mixed weights

13mm tip

58”

Pros

Choice of weights for different play

Great as backup cues

Perfect for groups or tournaments

Solid and durable

Maple wood is tough and solid

Cons

Could be better quality

Best Pool Table

Best Pool tables Review

Have you ever thought about adding a pool table to your home or workplace?

The thought has probably not crossed your mind very often if at all.

Why is that?

A big stumbling block for many people is the size of a professional pool table and the price. The amount of space in your home can be a big deciding factor when it comes to adding a pool ta-ble…

… but the price need not be.

Pool tables have never been more affordable and built with higher quality. And, if you are worried about space, then we have options for that too.

The best pool tables become invisible and let you concentrate on the game at hand while being beautiful enough for your friends to stare in awe at in between plays. Also, they are the tables which let the balls roll freely, bounce well from the cushions, and slip seamlessly into the pock-ets.

We love to play pool, so it was a joy to do some research about pool tables. When it comes to quality pool tables, we have some great ones for you. We even have some for the more budget conscious and those who have limited space. Here are the best tables we found, starting with our favorite. 

1

Brunswick 8-Foot Danbury Pool Table with Free Contender Play Package Accessories and Contender Cloth - Price Includes Free On-site Delivery and Professional Certified Installation

Why we like it:

We like the professional quality of this table. The slate is thick, the wood construction is solid, and the felt is frictionless. If you are looking for the best of the best, then you have found it.


Summary:

This is a beautiful table. One look at the table and you will fall in love with it. The green felt (one of four colors) on the table is luxurious without having a lot of friction. The surround of the table is elegant and high-quality. The base is solid and well-built. The pockets are classy and hold the balls securely. The legs feature a claw design which is stylish and functional. If you have this pool table in your home, you are going to be the envy of all your friends.

You get so much more with this table than style. The pool table package comes with a set of professional billiard balls, four pool cues, a two-piece bridge, a ball rack, a table brush and twelve pieces of cue chalk. You really do get it all.

Go under the luxurious outer, and you will find three pieces of slate on top of the table. Each piece is an inch thick, and you can feel the quality of the slate in the weight of the table. The slate is solid and tough, as are the body and legs.

When you order this table, you will get delivery into your home with installation. You also get a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your table, but we know that you will be. 

Key Features

Choice of four colors

Free on-site delivery

Elegant design

Solid body

Solid wooden legs

Claw-design legs

Pros

Includes professional accessories

Full-sized table

Cushions have a professional bounce

Balls roll smoothly

Premium slate for an even surface

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

2

Harvil 8-Foot Slate Pool Table - Bellagio. Includes On-Site Delivery, Professional Installation and Accessories

Why we like it:

This is a beautiful table which is well worth the price if you have the space for it. The slate is go-ing to last, and the solid construction is going to support the slate for years.


Summary:

Another amazing looking pool table on our list. The pool table is full-size, making it extremely heavy, but the installation and delivery are included in the price, so you do not have to worry about installing it yourself. This table is beautiful to look at. The finish on top is available in one of three colors. Under the felt, you will find three pieces of slate which cannot be warped. They will stay as level as they are on delivery. Supporting the slate is a 17-inch solid wood finish, with 5-inch thick hardwood rails, mother of pearl inlay, and hand-crafted, solid wood, claw legs.

We like that the felt cloth is composed of 75% wool and 25% nylon for durability. It is also stain-resistant. There will be times when you enjoy a game of pool with a beer, and you need not wor-ry about that beer being spilled.

When you buy this table, you receive all the accessories you need to get playing, including Ca-nadian maple cues, balls, triangle, and more. You also get a tally shaker bottle and tally balls for playing bottle pool. This is a functional and beautiful table. 

Key Features

On-site delivery and installation included

3-piece slate

1” slate

Full-size table

Sturdy frame

Comes with accessories

Pros

Slate makes for a level playing surface

Hand-carved legs for style and elegance

Slate means no warping

Scratch-resistant finish

Can play bottle pool with accessories

Canadian maple cues for durability and enhanced play

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

3

Fat Cat Reno 7.5’ Pool Table with Dark Cherry Finish and Wine Colored Cloth, Accuslate Billiard Surface for Consistent Straight Shots and Sturdy Straight Legs for Stability

Why we like it:

The Accuslate is not as durable and strong as regular slate, but it will last for seven years guaran-teed (and usually more). The use of Accuslate also means that you do not have to spend as much as a slate table.


Summary:

Why stop at two beautiful pool tables when we can show you a third. We love the color of this table, with the rich burgundy of the cloth matching the cherry finish of the wood. This table will look great in any room of the house.

The table is easy to put together and will stay together once you have it constructed. The MDF Accuslate is sturdy and flat, giving you even play, and the rubber bumpers, combined with the 6-inch wooden rails, provide superior bounce. This is a table which is going to last you for years.

We like the addition of silver diamonds on the cushions, helping you to work out your angles when you are aiming for the ball. With cues, chalk, triangle, rail brush, and more, you have eve-rything you need to start a tournament with your friends. 

Key Features

7.5 foot

300 pounds

Comes with accessories

K66 rubber bumpers

Beveled legs

Maple wood veneer

Pros

Feet have leveling pads to add stability

Color is unique and beautiful

Solid construction

Burgundy wool cloth resists warping over time

Seven-year warranty

Cons

Expensive

Heavy

4

Harvil 84 Inches Black Billiard Pool Table with Complete Accessories - Orange Felt

Why we like it:

We like that you do not have to skimp on quality to have a smaller pool table. The same professionalism has gone into this table as has gone into any full-size professional table. A great addition to a home with kids.


Summary:

This is a professional table for when you do not have the room for a full-size table. The table is seven feet instead of eight so you are not losing a lot of playing area, but you are able to fit the table into smaller rooms.

We love the black and orange finish of this table. The black resin claw legs add some elegance to the pool table, and the orange felt will light up any room. We should specify that the surface is Taclon and not a typical felt finish. This covering is not only durable, but it will also ensure that the ball rolls consistently and with minimum friction.

This is a beautiful table which will enhance any room of your home. 

Key Features

84 inches

Orange felt

Includes accessories

Black finish

203 pounds

Taclon cloth

Pros

Smaller footprint

Unique design and color

High-quality cloth promotes roll

Drop pockets are luxurious

Strong and durable

Cons

No color choice

Smaller table

5

EastPoint Sports Masterton Billiard Pool Table - Tan Felt , 87-inch - Features Traditional Claw Legs and Parlor Style Drop Pockets - Includes 2 Cues, Billiards Balls, and Triangle

Why we like it:

This is an excellent table for those who want a table to play on with friends. With a look which defies the price tag, this table has professional quality without the professional price tag.


Summary:

This is another excellent pool table for when you do not have enough space for a full-size table. The table looks exactly like a professional table without having to pay as much for it. You also have the classic green finish if you want to stay with the classic look, or a tan finish if you would like something different. The parlor-style pockets always look good, and the claw legs add elegance to any room.

We like the feel of this table. The cushions give you a professional bounce, and the accessories will help you to play like a professional would. The markings on the edges of the table help you to plan your shot and find your correct angle — a professional table for those who do not want the size and price of a professional table. 

Key Features

Easy setup

Accessories included

Claw feet

Scratch-resistant finish

7.5 foot

Pros

Elegant design

Traditional look

Consistent bounce

Leg levelers for even play

The coating prevents wear and tear

Cons

Not full-size

6

Harvil Beachcomber Indoor Pool Table 84 Inches with Complete Accessories Set

Why we like it:

We like how much quality you get for such a low price. This may not be the most professional table in the world, but to will give you exactly what you need and want.


Summary:

This table comes with easy instructions to put it together, and when you have it assembled, you will notice how sturdy and strong the table is. The corners are reinforced with silver to prevent cracking or chipping, the surround and legs are incredibly sturdy, and the drop pockets are long-lasting.

You will love the amount of bounce which you get from the bumpers and the friction-free roll that you get from the durable Tetelon cloth. You also get balls with the table, along with two cues, a triangle, a brush, and two chalks. You can quickly assemble the table in a matter of minutes, and be playing in record time. 

Key Features

84” x 48” x 31”

231.5 pounds

Dense fiber wood

Tetolon cloth

Rubber bumpers

Pros

Sleek and professional design

Accessories included for instant play

Strong legs

Leg levelers for even play

Bumpers give a professional bounce

Easy to assemble

Cons

No color choice

7

EastPoint Sports Masterton Billiard Pool Table, 87-inch - Features Traditional Claw Legs and Parlor Style Drop Pockets - Includes 2 Cues, Billiards Balls, and Triangle

Why we like it:

Great for those who do not have a lot of money to spend. The table is professional without being bulky and heavy.


Summary:

This is an elegant-looking table with a reasonable price tag. If you are looking for a table which is slightly smaller than a full-size table, then this is the one for you. You have the choice between a classic green finish or a modern tan finish, and the legs and surround look professional and stylish.

With a built-in leg leveling system, you can ensure that the table is always level. The bounce you get from the cushions is also professional. There is a lot about this table which is professional without paying the price you would usually pay for a professional table.

Cues are included, as are balls, chalk, a triangle, and a table brush. This would be a great addition to a family home. 

Key Features

Rubber bumpers

Accessories included

Leg levelers

87” x 50” x 30"

Pros

Elegant design

Parlor-style pockets

Legs can be leveled for even play

Choice of two colors

Sturdy base

Fun and professional

Affordable

Cons

Not as high-quality as more expensive tables

8

IFOYO Billiard Table, 55 Inch Folding Pool Table Steady Modern Space Saving Billiard Table Game for Kids and Adults with Cues, Ball, Chalk, Rack, Brush Included

Why we like it:

This is a perfect table for those who do not have room for a pool table. The table can be folded for storage and brought out when you need it. A great pool table for kids to learn and practice on.


Summary:

This is the perfect table for those who have limited space. The table is easy to put together, and once it has been, you will be able to put it in any room, no matter how much space you have. You also have the option to fold up the legs for easy storage, even under your bed.

You have a choice of two colors for this table, classic green and classic blue. The table is well-constructed and sturdy. You will be able to use this table for a long time without worrying about it wearing or tearing. You get a good bounce from the cushions and the right quality from the included cues. A brush is included to keep the table clean, along with a rack for set up, the balls, and some chalk. 

Key Features

Folding

55” x 29” x 31.5”

High-quality

Accessories included

Pros

Easily assembled

Can be stored under a bed or in a closet

Easy to use

Saves space

Choice of colors

Cons

Not full-size

Not professional quality

Best Outdoor Ping Pong Table

Best Outdoor Ping Pong Tables Review

What could be better than a game of ping pong with your friends or family? How about a game of ping pong in the great outdoors? That’s right, I said it. It has never been easier to get your hands on a ping pong table which can be used indoors and out. It has also never been more af-fordable.

We love ping pong, and we know that you do too. If you are going to play, you may as well do it properly. Choosing a cheap table can save you a few dollars but the quality of play is soon going to suffer, and you are going to lose interest. The truth is that you are not going to have to spend that much more money to get your hands on a professional or tournament-grade table.

We have spent countless hours scouring the net (is this a ping pong pun? It is so bad that even I am not sure) so that you do not have to. Here are our favorite tables, starting with our number one. 

1

Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis Table - Axos 1 with Outdoor Accessory Bundle

Why we like it:

This is an excellent table tennis table for those who want the best. You get a lot of protection from the elements along with getting a professional table which has the correct amount of bounce for those who really want to play.


Summary:

This high-quality table tennis table has been designed and crafted in Germany. Kettler has a real focus on quality and craftsmanship. They have unmatched quality and superior customer ser-vice which gives you aftercare when you need it. The frame is machine welded to create secure connections; the tubing is powder-coated to create a durable finish which is also UV-resistant. The result is a table which is going to last you longer than others.

Once the table is open, you have a regulation-sized playing surface. You can also fold one side of the table into a vertical position to allow for solo play and practice. The storage position sees both sides folded up against each other for a compact and neat storage solution. When you are in the folded or unfolded position, the safety lever will ensure that you do not accidentally fold or unfold the table without meaning to.

We like the tournament-quality bounce that you get with this table. When we compared it to other outdoor tables on the market, the bounce was a lot better. This is important if you are playing a professional game with your friends. When you are done, simply fold the table up and cover it with the protective cover. You also have two included ping pong paddles and six balls, everything you need to get started. 

Key Features

Waterproof

108” x 60” x 30”

Durable

2” powder-coated legs

UV-resistant

Foldable

Pros

Withstands high-impact play

Tournament-quality bounce

Patented fold for easy storage

Casters for easy transportation

Paddles included

Comes with outdoor cover

Cons

Expensive

Can be difficult to assemble

2

JOOLA NOVA - Outdoor Table Tennis Table with Waterproof Net Set - 10 Minute Easy Assembly - All Weather Aluminum Composite Outdoor Ping Pong Table - Tournament Quality - Indoor & Outdoor Compatible

Why we like it:

If you are looking for a professional table, then this is the one for you. We love how easy it is to fold up and store. It has a great bounce and feels like a professional table when you are playing on it.


Summary:

You can have this table tennis table up and running in only ten minutes. From taking the table out to the box to serving up the first ball, you can have this put together quicker than you can make a cup of coffee (okay, maybe two or three cups of coffee). You only need to attach the legs, and the table is ready for use.

This is an all-weather table. We recommend covering or storing the table when it is not in use, but it will hold up to the weather if it is left out uncovered. The 6mm-thick aluminum plastic sur-face is resistant to warping when there is moisture and is resistant to chipping through regular ping pong play. The frame has been powder-coated to ensure that it does not rust.

The two-piece design means that you can fold up one side to create a solo playing experience, great for practicing, or you can fold up both sides for easy storage. The weather-resistant net matches and is easy to install and tighten. 

Key Features

Tournament quality

9ft x 5ft

95% pre-assembled

Screw and clamp net

High-quality construction

Pros

The surface is resistant to warping and chipping

Includes matching weatherproof net set

Table folds for solo play and practice

Folds for easy storage

Self-leveling works for any surface

Wheels make transport easy

Cons

Net comes loose occasionally

No cover included

3

Cornilleau 400M Crossover Indoor/Outdoor Blue Table Tennis Table Sale

Why we like it:

Great for families. The table can be securely stored and brought out when needed. Children and adults will love to play on it, and the folding mechanism makes it easy for both to set the table up and get playing.


Summary:

High-quality materials have gone into the design and construction of this table. A lot of focus has also been put into the ease of use. The table is easy to fold compactly for when you need to store it. It has also been designed to be accessible for those who are in wheelchairs.

The 6mm Resin surface is excellent for resisting water and moisture. The playing surface is hard and dense, giving great bounce on your ball, and the patented finish on the surface ensures that there is no glare when you are playing. The almost 2” thick galvanized steel frame supports the surface well and also holds up to the elements. The table does not come with paddles and balls, but there are storage options built into the table.

We like the large wheels for easy portability and maneuverability. There are also corner protec-tors for added safety to you and the table itself. 

Key Features

Blue design

Weatherproof

Durable

6mm Resin surface

Galvanized steel frame

Large wheels

Pros

Laminated surface resists moisture

The surface has glare reduction for sunny days

Large wheels make for smooth movement

Wheelchair-friendly design

Adjustable legs for leveling

Cons

No paddles or balls included

No cover included

4

Harvil Outsider Table Tennis Table

Why we like it:

This is an excellent table for friends or family. We recommend getting this table if you have a large group of players. Great for playing tournaments on.


Summary:

We love how easy it is to set up this table. If you have children, you will want to get this table set up as quickly as possible to curb the anticipation. Even without children, you will want to get this table set up as soon as possible. In only ten minutes, the table will be outside and ready to go.

You can use the table indoors if you wish, but the fact that it is weatherproof makes it perfect for your outdoor games. The surface of the table reacts well to heat and moisture, and the powder-coated frame does so too.

If you do not have a partner to play with, you can fold up one side to create a gap-free practice game. The second half folds up easily for compact storage, the wheels making it easy to roll the table in and out of storage. 

Key Features

Weather-proof

Aluminum

Powder-Coated frame

Vibrant blue design

147 pounds

Pros

Easy to move and store

Wheels lock for permanent positioning

Table folds together for low-footprint storage

The surface is moisture resistant and won't bubble

One side folds for solo play and practice

Set up in ten minutes for almost instant play

Cons

No included paddles or balls

No cover included

5

Cornilleau 250S Crossover Indoor/Outdoor Gray Table Tennis Table

Why we like it:

A great entry-level table tennis table for all of the family. If you are looking for something which is affordable but not cheap, then this is the table.


Summary:

This is an affordable choice if you are looking for a table which can be used outdoors and in-doors. There is no cover included, but that does not matter if you are wheeling it in and out of your home. The table folds up compactly, and the large wheels allow you to move the table around with ease.

The sun can get in the way just as much as the rain can when you are outdoors, but the patented soft-mat finish will reduce the glare and reflections, allowing you to play without interruptions (or anyone blaming the weather on a lost point).

The net is fully adjustable so that you can get a perfect tension before you play. When we tried this table, we also found that the bounce was surprisingly good for a table which was so afforda-ble. 

Key Features

5mm laminated surface

For indoor or outdoor use

Durable

Weatherproof

Galvanized frame