Activities Sports & Athletics What is a "Let" in Ping-Pong? Improve Your Ping-Pong Know-How Share PINTEREST Email Print Cat Dolphin / EyeEm / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Table Tennis Basics Playing & Coaching Gear Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Greg Letts Greg Letts is a world-ranked table tennis player and an Australian Level 1 table tennis coach. He wrote the eBook, "How to Win at Table Tennis." our editorial process Greg Letts Updated September 02, 2017 Getting good at ping-pong? You may have a natural talent and basic knowledge of the game, but serious players should become familiar with the industry terms associated with the game. For instance, what is the definition of a "let" or a "lob" in ping-pong? Read on to explore some common terms that are common in the game. Some Table Tennis Terms Bat: A bat is another reference to the ping-pong paddle or racquet.Doubles: Playing a game of table tennis with two players on each side. International Table Tennis Federation: This is the organization that serves as the international governing body for the sport of table tennis.Backspin: This refers to a spin used on defensive shots, which involves chopping down on the ball and moving the bottom of the ball away from you.Inverted: A rubber type on the racquet that has a smooth finish but grips well; it can generate a large amount of spin and is also known as pips-in. Topspin: This type of spin causes the ball to bounce low and fast on the opponent's side of the table.Chop: A chop is a defensive stroke that returns a topspin that is played with backspin.Chopper: This is a style of play when a player primarily chops the ball.Long pips: Refers to racquet rubber with a surface of long pimples, which can result in an unpredictable spin. Fault: A fault in table tennis is the failure of the server to make a good service according to the Laws of Table Tennis. Double bounce: If the ball bounces twice on one side of the table without a return, the player loses a point.Block: A defensive play in the game that is used to combat loops and smashes in order to keep the ping-pong ball on the table.Match: A game of ping-pong where the winner is the person who gets the best of three or five games. Skunk: This refers to a type of scoring method in the game that is used in more recreational play. With this, a player wins the game when they score 7-0 or 11-1.Backhand: This stroke played across the front of the body when the back of the hand faces forward.Spin: This happens when the ball rotates on an axis during flight. This occurs when the rubber surface of the racquet or bat grips the ball. Closed: This occurs when a player strikes the top of the ball with a specific angle of the racquet.Open: This refers to the angle of the racquet when the bottom of the ball is hit. Let: This is a rally when the result is not scored. This can occur if the ball hits the net assembly during a serve before touching the opponent's court, or if an umpire interrupts a play. This can also occur if a player serves before the opponent is ready so long as the opponent doesn't try to hit the ball. Drive: Taking a shot offensively in a rally where the ball is hit back and forth at a medium pace. Drop shot: Hitting the ball so it just passes the net and the other player has a hard time responding.Twiddle: This is a ping-pong technique that involves a player turning the bat in his hand during the rally so use both surfaces of the racquet on the ball. Loop: This is an offensive shot with topspin.