|Table Tennis Could Face Increase in Net Height|
Again the sport's development is edging away from the players again and towards the spectators. I wrote an article some time ago on Why Catering for Spectators Has Backfired. Where is the line drawn?
What are the most attractive things about table tennis to competitors and spectators? Why is Table Tennis such an amazing sport?
It's complex, it's fast and involves amazing reflexes. It is potentially the most spin oriented sport in the world.
These are things we should be using to promote the sport. Instead we have rule changes which look to diminish the very things that make table tennis such an incredible sport.
Are we destroying the professionalism of our sport? We are making the sport more athletic (plastic ball requires more physical prowess), slower and less spinny. We have had the plastic ball already and now more plans are in the pipeline. The question is how slow and spinless does table tennis have to become before we get the spectators which are so greatly expected?
Table Tennis Online Is Growing
Spectator numbers online are growing with new media initiatives from ITTF. We are getting to know the players better and their personalities. The camera angles in major events and replay/highlight videos are better (with slow-motions etc).
I believe slowing down the game is not the answer. I think the presentation of the sport is where the solution lies. If so many people can follow table tennis on a computer screen then why are they not interested in going to watch it live? That is the real question which needs answering.
Very interested to hear what peoples' different opinions are on the proposed trial of a net height increase.