Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Art of Ping Pong

Here is a side of this Sedona artist you might not have known. I am learning to play ping pong, also known as table tennis. This picture was taken  recently at the USA National Championship, held in Las Vegas.To enter you must belong to this organization, which I do not. I was there with a friend who loves the sport, and enters different events.
 Open only to citizens of the United States, players compete in different events throughout the week, based on their skills and desire to play with people who cherish the sport as they do. Events are focused on which type of racquet used, as well as the player's rating. I am learning on a sandpaper paddle, shown in my hand. There is also hard bat, and the more popular called sponge.
 Competing in these events earns the player a numerical standing. Events are based on these numbers,as well as the type of racquets played. There are a lot of hot shot kids, and northern California is a center for instruction. Since ping pong is taken very seriously as a sport in China, it isn't surprising there are many very proficient young Chinese Americans in this sport.
It is a different world. I am a novice, but watching the good ones hit is like a ballet. Also, as in the world of art,  everyone is trying their best to win.This doesn't always happen, but how can you know unless you try?  

1 comment:

  1. I can see you designing Ping Pong paddles with calligraphy and little designs!
    Ha, ha, ha! Happy 2015.