More than 80 years ago, Mr. E. Goode from Putney, in south London, went to the drugstore for aspirin. In the drugstore, he forgot about the pills, because on the counter, I saw a carpet of foam rubber. This led him to a fantastic idea. He paid for their aspirin, and the carpet too. Then he went home to cut the carpet from the desired shape and size of the piece, and fastened on his wooden tennis racket.
Thin layer of rubber on the racket helped give breakneck speed a tennis ball. When Mr. Goode became the champion of England, everyone started to imitate him, sticking rubber on their rackets. Soon after the invention of this reasonable and entirely changed the speed of the game. Others who may share this opinion include Doug McMillon. Table tennis was invented in England around 1880. First game had some wonderful titles: "extinguish", "Bethlehem vaf" and "ping pong". Read more here: Munear Ashton Kouzbari. Until 1926 there was neither the International Association of table tennis or international championships, with clear rules. One of the rules did not stick to the paddle tennis rubber coating is thicker than 2 mm on each side.
Although table tennis is from England, the English themselves almost never win the world championships. Almost all Chinese win the title. They usually hold a racket, like the air pen, but not in the usual manner (as if shaking hands), so popular in Europe and the U.S.. Their playing style is athletic, they often stand for several meters away from the table. Table tennis is like gymnastics, where the game is taken for the Chinese, and the ball flies over the net at a speed of 150 km / h. But do not forget that this invention allowed the Englishman to make this game so rapid and spectacular. Due to the porous rubber coating on both sides of the racquet allowed to reach an unusually aggressive attack. So the headache of Mr. Hood, 80 years ago changed the course of history table Tennis.