Ping Pong is easy to play, yet difficult to master. So why join the club? Firstly, anyone of any skill level can pick up a bat, and immediately have fun playing and it is a great social sport. Other reasons are that it is good for your health – played at the higher levels, it’s one of the fastest sports around and an hour’s play can burn approximately 270 calories. At elite level, it’s really fast, the ball travels at speeds of 100mph and is struck more than 180 times in a minute – about three shots a second! However, it is still gentle on your body and it is also good for the brain. There is an awful lot of quick thinking, planning, and strategizing going on out there on the court and some believe it is better than juggling for developing good hand-eye coordination. Oh, and finally, it is one of the few sports you can do with no risk of ending up cold or wet!