Friday, September 6, 2013

Table tennis and question number two


Table tennis has some similarities with Floorball as it comes down to PURE speed and the rather lightweight equipment.

Early table tennis rackets were not very advanced and this blog asked a long time ago the experimental question if not the blade of a Floorball stick could also be equipped with some sort of a more sensitive "rubber surface" for improved ball control like on a table tennis paddle?

Today we will ask another experimental question related to table tennis. The development of their paddle -over the years - improved the kind of rubber used many times - but the maybe more interesting thing is that a modern paddle often has had two different rubber mixtures. The players could rotate the paddle and use either side to this way trick the opponent. To limit these tricks the rule came in place that a table tennis racket must have two different colors on each side - to obviously show the opponent what side is being used.

No no no we can not rotate a Floorball stick as we play - since most sticks are curved slightly. But it is obvious that a Floorball stick is often used for slap-shots on the forehand side - and the backhand side of any Floorball stick is extremely rarely used for slap-shots.
This does not mean that we need different colors on different blade sides - but if it is true that the use of each side of a Floorball blade is inherently different - then the question is - should not the surface of the blade be much more optimized in terms of ball control - according to the use of the blade for each side? Viola - question number two.

Then as we first in this post note that table tennis has two obvious similarities with Floorball and maybe both should be classified as lightweight - or fast-speed sports? Hence my mackerel, we run into the subject of classification systems for sports. A subject we may develop in another post.
However the similarities, as mentioned above, could they possible be the reason why much effort recently have been aimed at China? Yes, we know that table tennis is bread and butter over there - and if it is true that Floorball has basic similarities with table tennis - well? What do you think>?
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!