What Really Is The Difference Between Ping Pong and Table Tennis?

Before I wrote this article, I myself was extremely confused about the difference between ping pong and table tennis. But after doing my research, I have come to realize that there really isn’t much of a difference between the two, but just the name!

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but that’s not the end of it! Apart from having two names, the history of the game has a lot to do with why the game has different names, to begin with. According to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), table tennis is the name that is officially used and has been used since 1887.

In that year, JH Singer made a board game in New York and called it table tennis. Soon then the game gained popularity in the 1890s, different names started popping up left right and center.

ping pong


Ping pong was one of those names which were created by an English sports company that took the market by storm in the 1920s.

This was how the name of the board game became synonymous with the game itself. This also resulted in the formation of the Ping Pong Association in December 1901.

Parker Brothers, an American company bought the rights for ping pong from the English company and made it even more popular in the States to such an extent that even today, till date, while Table Tennis is the name used for all official purposes, the name ping pong is still super popular in many parts of the world, America in particular.

Today, the rights for ping pong are held by Escalade Sports in the USA.

Apart from just the name game, there are still a few things which mark the difference between ping pong and table tennis, scoring is one of the most important issues.

In ping pong, the person who first scores 15 points is declared as the winner.

Ping pong also has the special feature of a double-point ball, which is used only once per match and it gives 2 points to the serving player if won, and 1 point to the receiving player.

In table tennis, the first person to score 11 points has announced the winner. Table tennis also requires to have a difference of 2 points between the winner and the loser.

I hope that by the end of this article, you are more clear about the difference between ping pong and table tennis. Well, you know what they say – better late than never!

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