Spin is in.
And by that, I'm not talking about Susan Sarandon's popular and hip venue located in New York City (although I'm told that SPiN NY is *in* at the moment as well).
I'm talking about ball spin, that magical ingredient that takes a parlor game like ping-pong and transforms it into ball sport that nothing else on the planet can match. The incredible highlight rallies you can see on YouTube that leave the average member of the public's jaw on the floor are only possible due to the ability to take that little 2.7 gram piece of spherical celluloid (I know, it may soon be plastic) and make it rotate at speeds you just wouldn't believe.
A top level table tennis player can make that spheroid sit up and do tricks. He can curve it around the net, make it dip, rise, or bend like a banana through the air. Or he can smash it hard and flat at speeds up to 70mph (112.5kph), which is pretty darn fast when you are the opponent standing only 9 feet away!
Take it from me, if you want to move out of the basement and into the big leagues, spin is where it's at.
In this Spin section of the Guide, I'll discuss exactly why spin is important, explain how it works, and show you how to create it and use it properly.
You'll also need to know how to read the spin that your opponent is putting on the ball (spin deception in table tennis is a difficult but important art), and the best way to handle your opponent's spin.
The bottom line: spin is what separates the sport of table tennis from the game of ping-pong. Deal with it.