- The American Ping Pong Association, US Amateur Table Tennis Association, and National Table Tennis Association merge to form the US Table Tennis Association (which was renamed USA Table Tennis in 1994).
- Repainted tables (which made the playing surface very slow) and a high net (6¾ inches high) combine tomake attacking play very difficult at the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. This results in the longest rallyever in a World Championships taking place, lasting over two hours.
- The ITTF lowers the net from 6¾ inches to 6 inches, and bans the fingerspin serves which had been usedwith devasting effect by American players.
- No World Championships held due to World War II.
Angelica Rozeanu-Adelstein of Romania wins six Women's Singles titles in a row at the WorldChampionships. Since her last title win in 1955, every World Champion in Women's Singles has been an Asian player.
1950's - 1970's - Sponge Bat Era, Rise of Japan and China
- Hiroji Satoh of Japan becomes notorious for his use of a wooden racket covered in thick foamspongerubber , which produces much more speed and spin than conventional pimpled rubber rackets. He wins the 1952 WorldChampionships over Jozsef Koczian of Hungary, and begins a period of Asian male domination in the sport which will lastuntil Sweden rises to supremacy from 1989 into the early 1990's.
- The World Championships changes to a biennial event (once every two years), due to the logistics of hostingan event of such size, and difficulty in finding suitable venues.
- The first European Championships is conducted in Budapest, Hungary, and sees the USSR's debut ininternational table tennis.
- The ITTF standardizes the thickness of ordinary pimpled rubber and sponge rubber.
III.Facilities and Equipments
Table Tennis RacketsThe basic equipment required in the game of table tennis is the tennis racket. Known by various names as paddlesin US or bats in UK, the official term that is used is table tennis racket. The term "racket" and "paddle" are synonymous. Thetable tennis racket is made from laminated wood. There is the flat and rigid wooden blade which incorporates the handle.The blade is covered with rubber on one or both sides.
Types of Racquets/ Rackets or PaddlesRecreational Paddles
Recreational paddles are made of wood and rubber combination that are significantly lower in speed and spinproducing capability than the powerful "hi performance" custom paddle category of products. Recreational level rackets arebought with rubber sheets and wood (blades) of good to moderate performance.
Hi-Performance Custom Paddles
This category of rackets is made of highly specialized, hi-performance rubber and woods. These table tennispaddles or rackets produce much more speed and spin than recreational rackets. Hi-performance custom rackets arebought by selecting particular specialized wood (or wood/graphite) along with hi-performance rubber.The table tennis game is played with the table tennis racket, which has two parts : the blade and the handle. Thetable tennis racket as a whole is made of fine wood and the blade portion is covered on both or one side with rubber.
Blades are classified in the following way according to their speed:
These are slow blades having maximum control and suitable for defensive players. For example, beginners and choppers.
This is for an all-around player who mixes defense and offense in equal amounts.
These are the fastest blades and are not recommended for beginning players.
Table Tennis Blades are usually made of wood, though other materials in small quantities are used like carbon and acrylate.They are used as a thin layer in the middle layers of the blade. Fiberglass is becoming a popular choice for table tennisbecause it renders stability to the racket and is lighter in weight.