How Is Table Tennis Different From Other Racquet Sports? A Comprehensive Guide

Table Tennis vs. Other Racquet Sports: What’s the Difference?

If you’re into racquet sports, it can be hard to keep up with all of them! Table tennis is a popular and fun game that has many similarities to other racquet sports like tennis or squash – but it also has some important differences. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how table tennis differs from other racquet sports, focusing on equipment, court setup, scoring system, and more.

Equipment Differences

When it comes to the equipment used in different racquet sports, there are significant differences between them. For example, in table tennis two small bats are used instead of a single large one; these bats have shorter handles than those used for squash or badminton and they usually feature rubber surfaces that provide spin when striking the ball. Additionally unlike in rackets like squash or badminton where players switch sides after each point scored in table tennis players remain at the same side of the court throughout the entire match making use of only half of its area. Furthermore, while most racket sport require special shoes for proper traction on their courts (e.g., clay courts) no special footwear is required for playing table tennis as long as your sneakers don’t have too much grip on them – this makes it easier, and cheaper to get started with playing table tennis than any other racket sport!

Scoring System & Court Setup

Another big difference between different types of racquets lies within their scoring systems – while most racket games follow an “advantage” system meaning that if both opponents achieve equal scores, then one player must first gain two points lead before winning a set (like in Squash) Table Tennis uses an 11-point ‘rally-scoring’ system where either player can win by achieving 11 points first regardless whether there’s been any ties during previous rallies or not. Moreover, when setting up a court for Table Tennis you need to make sure that its length measures 9ft (or 2 1/3 times longer than width), whereas size requirements tend to vary depending upon type of game being played – e.g., full size badminton court should measure 20 x 44 ft with clearance around edges being 6ft minimum whilst Squash requires smaller dimensions measuring 32 x 21 ft plus extra 10ft clearance along walls surrounding court’s perimeter etc…


Table Tennis may seem similar enough at first glance compared to other racket games such as Badminton or Squash however, upon further inspection, one will quickly discover multiple differences ranging from type & size of equipment needed right down through specific rules and regulations governing play itself including way points are scored thus requiring completely separate approach towards mastering art behind competitive TT play when compared against any other forms thereof aforementioned!