Who Are We?
We are a group of guys who are super enthusiastic about ping pong. Some of us are professional and semi-professional ping pong players, while others are in it due to their passion. We started this blog right after high school because we saw the real problem with ping pong equipment in the market. We were fed up with buying subpar-quality ping pong tables and other equipment and seeing them break after a few matches. We thought other people would be going through the same issue, especially if they are new to ping pong. The idea behind PingPongRuler is to create a platform where ping pong enthusiasts can come across the right peer group and get valuable suggestions. For now, we provide buying guides, ping pong tips, and a wide variety of product reviews. With all these, we can keep our love for ping pong alive while creating a passion-filled community of fellow players.
We understand that a good game of ping pong is equally about knowledge and equipment. Having the right strategy and practice is not enough if you do not have the best rackets and the ping pong table. At the same time, buying a high-end ping pong table does not make you a professional player overnight, either. We found these things the hard way through years of ping pong games and thousands of dollars spent on ping pong equipment. It is impossible to calculate the amount of money we have spent on low-quality equipment. We have even sadder stories about how the wrong equipment cost us many wins. Our mission with PingPongRuler is to prevent all these. By recommending the right products to the right people, we would like to keep people in the world of ping pong, and it is fun.
How Do We Review?
At PingPongRuler, we follow a standard structure for reviews. The first step deals with research, where we check the ping pong equipment for its viability and credibility based on the information available. We do not choose products from manufacturers with tricky service options. We bring all the equipment home for a more profound testing experience in the second step.
We explore the product from every aspect we can during this testing period. It is also where our team’s expertise with ping pong comes in handy. If we are dealing with a ping pong table, the team will analyze the product for its durability and other elements. In the third step, we will also go through other customer reviews and expert opinions to reassure the brand’s legitimacy and the after-sales service.
Then comes the final stage, where we construct a solid review of the product by articulating our hands-on experience and expert commentary. We design all our reviews so that a reader would know whether they should invest in a product, regardless of its price tag.
Eugene (Gene) Sandoval has been one of those guys who spent too many hours around ping pong tables in high school. However, soon enough, Gene understood that there is more to ping pong than having fun. That is how he started a journey that made Eugene one of the experienced semi-professional ping pong players in the United States. As the founder of the PingPongRuler, Eugene spends most of his time surrounded by ping pong tables and research. He always has this knack for coming up with new ping pong strategies and telling the good and bad equipment apart.
Gene would say that he cannot stop falling in love with ping pong, and you should know that he is not lying. Apart from ping pong, his interests include camping, survivalism, and general enthusiasm for sports. If you cannot find Gene near the ping pong table, he will be watching some superb clips on YouTube or engaging in a book about the history of sports. In addition to taking care of PingPongRuler, Eugene is the go-to guy for any doubts about professional ping pong.
No game of ping pong is great without the right person on the other side. Since high school, Jim Hicks has been that one great person on the other side for Eugene Sandoval. Jim and Eugene have played so many great matches that they have seen an incredible number of broken tables and paddocks. If you put two of them in a room, they can spend hours talking about ping pong. At PingPongRuler, Jim Hicks is the co-founder and the chief editor. This website is the brainchild of both Jim and Gene since both wanted a place where people can find reliable reviews of ping pong equipment.
However, PingPongRuler has grown beyond this definition by Jim and Gene. Jim would tell you that they started the website out of frustration. They were tired of buying unreliable ping pong equipment every single month. But, as they got started working on the website, the website has become an impressive space for all things ping pong. The website is home to diverse content, including product reviews to buying guides, and ping pong tips to international sports analytics. And Jim Hicks ensures that everything is up to the standards they have dreamt of.
Joel Byrne is a content writer and reviewer at PingPongRuler. Like our co-founders, Joel has had his fair share of ping pong addiction. Even today, he spends a considerable amount of his time talking about ping pong and playing a few games. However, when he is not playing, he spends a lot of time researching the best variety of ping pong products in the market. He is also allocated the task of testing each product before reaching our list of recommendations. Apart from ping pong, Joel is a sports enthusiast to the core. He often comes up with insightful commentary on sports activities worldwide, including but not limited to ping pong.
Apart from reviewing products and developing content, Joel also deals with proofreading and content editing for many sub-projects. In short, he makes sure that everything we publish on PingPongRuler retains the best-in-class quality.