You can knock your bat against the table top during play provided that you don't visibly move the table. You can lean, sit or even jump up onto the table during a point, as long as you don't move the playing surface. Umpires will only rule that the table has been moved if they can see it happen with the naked eye. If they didn't see it move then the table hasn't been moved as far as they're concerned.
It's OK if your bat hits the table when you are playing your shot - whether it is during a rally or when serving. The only time it would be a problem is if you moved the table at the same time. If you move the table, you lose the point. The official name for a bat is a racket, but it's called a paddle or a bat by some people.
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No. In regular tennis you may “volley” the ball (hitting the ball before it bounces on your side of the net). But in table tennis, this results in a point for your opponent. NOTE: When your opponent hits a ball that sails over your end of the table without touching it and then hits you or your paddle, that is still your point. 9.
In other words, if there's a chance that the ball might hit the table tennis table because it's still travelling towards it, your opponent would lose the point if he prevented it from doing so by volleying and/or obstructing it.
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hitting it with the edge of the bat, instead of the rubber; hitting it with the handle of the bat. A proviso includes - Your hand is only your racket hand if it is holding the racket, so this means you can't drop your bat and then hit the ball with your hand, because your hand is no longer your racket hand. It is illegal to hit the ball with your free hand. There is a good summary of the rules here.
Table Tennis Table. According to the official rules, table tennis is played on a 108×60 inch rectangular table made of fiber wood and split into two halves. Because of the dark and glossy paint used on the table, it has a matte finish. A 0.78 inches (2 centimeters) thick line runs down the table’s edge, indicating the playing surface.
You have many choices when it comes to table tennis paddles, also called bats or rackets. The grip, blade, sponge (inner layer), and rubber can all be customized. The rubber—the outer layer that contacts the ball—varies in firmness and tackiness, and in color. One side of the paddle is red and one is black.