If you’re based in an urban city in North America, you may have heard some chatter recently about the young, hip sport of…table tennis! Yes, the vintage family pastime has come out of the cellar and back into vogue, thanks in part to SPiN, a ping-pong night club in New York, Los Angeles, and other cities, where the bartenders can place a craft brew in one of your hands and a paddle in another. And how might one stand out in that swinging crowd? We’d suggest a personalized paddle from paddleyou.com, a service that creates a pro-level racket with a textured face printed with a photo you send in from Facebook, Instagram, your PC, or smartphone. The custom rackets are a production of Table Tennis Nation, a New York-based outfit founded by the late, great Marty Reisman (featured on the paddle picture here). Reisman, a quintessential New York character, was a main player in dusting off the sport and getting a younger crowd interested; perhaps playing with your own one-of-a-kind racquet is a fitting tribute. [$29 plus shipping, paddleyou.com]
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