Customer Review

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to keep kids (and adults) occupied for hours, March 1, 2011
This review is from: Sportcraft Anywhere Table Tennis Set (Sports)
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Sportcraft Anywhere Table Tennis set is a simple kit that will turn any table into a table tennis table. It is easy to use and a great way to keep your kids busy for hours.

The kits consists of two posts with integrated net, two paddles, 3 balls, and a nylon mesh bag to store the set up in. The kit is light weight, compact, and could easily fit into a suitcase for travel.

Set up is simple. The net is 63.5 inches, is spring loaded, and retracts between the two end posts. It has enough slack to easily fit on a five-foot wide table. The bottom of the posts can be hitched onto a table top with a thickness of up to two inches. Ideally, having a lip of 1 to 1 1/2 inches is ideal, but a 1/2 inch lip is good enough to hold the net stably. The part of the posts that grip the table are rubberized, but you still might want to have a cushion of paper or cloth between the table and the post to avoid scratching.

Once the net is set up, you can start playing. The game will be more authentic if your table is smooth, hard, and closer in size to a regulation table tennis table. Smaller tables may be more challenging and a rough or irregular surface may make the game less like real table tennis. But even though your table might not be up to the Olympic standards, this doesn't seem to take away any of the fun of the game. I initially set this up on our dining room table because it was the largest table in the house. I made the decision to leave a thin tablecloth on the table, to avoid damage from the posts and scratching from the bouncing of ping pong balls. The tablecloth slowed down the game just a bit, but did protect the table's surface and the kids didn't seem to mind. The slight cushioning from the tablecloth slowed down the game a bit. That might seem like a liability, but actually made the game more playable for my eight year old, who otherwise might not have been as competitive. I tried it on two smaller sized tables and the results were different in terms of play but had the same fun factor.

The posts and the net are solidly constructed. The paddles are decidedly mediocre: you could certainly purchase higher grade paddles if you were interested, but these were just fine for those of us who only casually play the game. The balls are somewhat thick walled, a little slower, and a little less bouncy than your usual ping pong ball. Even so, they were more than serviceable for the purposes of playing table tennis and the thickness made them a little more kid-friendly when it comes to breakage.

All in all, the kit worked better than I had imagined. I was pleasantly surprised and my kids were occupied for hours. I received this set through the Amazon Vine program, but the pricing looks appropriate. A great time was had by all--Recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.6 out of 5 stars (155 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (117)
4 star:
 (29)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (3)
1 star:
 (3)
 
 
 
Used & New from: $35.38
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: NJ

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,210