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Hey there! I’m Charlie Nguyen of Best Ping Pong Tables. You clearly came to this page because you want to know more about me. Thanks!
The story begins ages ago, when I was still just a wee child. My dad asked me and my older brother what we wanted to furnish the game room with first. Naturally, I excitedly shouted “A foosball table!”.
But my brother wanted a ping pong table to play with his friends, and dad thought it would be fun for the whole family too, so I was outvoted.
I sulked for a while, but once we actually picked it up, put it together, and set it up to play I…still needed some coaxing from dad to give it a fair shot. It was hard, because at first I suuuucked. But there was something about it. Every time my brother challenged me I just couldn’t pass it up.
So I got better. And better. And even better until I could beat my brother a solid third of the time. Hey, he was four years older than me, he’d had more practice. It’s a good win rate.
When I got to middle school I joined a ping pong club. Well, “table tennis league”, but we never really thought of it in terms of competition. Or as table tennis, really. I had a lot of fun, and even went on to a few state tournaments, but fell off of it as I hit high school.
In college though, I was really hurting for a community, so when there was an actual ping pong club there, I jumped at the chance to join. I made a lot of friends, play a lot of ping pong, and got even better.
I never played competitively again, but to this day ping pong remains my main hobby. I do other stuff, sure, but I always make sure to work in a few games any time my friends meet up. And I like making sure I have the best equipment I can afford at any given time. Just because I don’t play in tournaments doesn’t mean I can’t have tournament level gear, right? Especially since some of my friends are really good, so it’s just as intense as any tournament when we get together.
I started Best Ping Pong Tables almost on a whim. Some of my friends were planning to start up a local league and wanted advice on the bets tables and paddles to buy for everyone since I always had all the best stuff. I got to thinking about it, and realized there wasn’t really a single right answer I knew off the top of my head. So I realized I could educate my friends and make a website to help people in a similar boat as them at the same time, and started Best Ping Pong Tables!
Now I’ve expanded to covering other game tables, paddles, and similar stuff but I never forgot the core ping pong focused reasons behind starting the site. Hopefully it helps some of you out there really get into the sport and up your game!