With more than 300 million active competitors worldwide, table tennis is more popular than the average prom king, more user friendly than a rake, and more universal than Sagittarius A. For $25, today's deal gets you a one-month open-play table-tennis membership ($39.95) and one group class ($12) at Club JOOLA in Rockville, a $51.95 total value. Additionally, Groupon customers receive 10% off at the pro shop and a free club T-shirt.
The open-play membership grants players unlimited access to open tables Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m. The table-tennis courts provide ample space for proper match play without the ickiness of pulling stray balls from dust-clogged couch cushions. If you don't own a paddle, you can borrow one from Club JOOLA at no cost.
Up-and-coming amateurs and Olympic athletes train on the tables of tennis at Club JOOLA. Players rally at the club for the Olympic quality of the competition area and the expertise of its coaching staff, such as Richard Bowling, who once held the Guinness World Record for world's longest table-tennis rally. Join him and other patient coaches at a Thursday-evening beginners' class to learn the proper stroke, footwork, and strategy that will raise your game out of the basement and onto the fierce, competitive streets of ping-pongery. Club JOOLA also offers intermediate- and expert-level classes, as well as senior classes for players over 60.
- Club JOOLA, sponsored by the German-based table tennis equipment manufacturer, will be a full-time table tennis center with leagues, an extensive junior training program, private and group coaching for all levels as well as monthly $1,000 tournaments. Club JOOLA also features the largest table tennis pro shop in Maryland. – Jennifer Beekman, Montgomery Gazette
- "Getting serious" means hours of work every week and tournaments across the country at least once a month. Most of the young players at Club JOOLA were introduced to the sport by their parents, but they have different reasons for staying in the game. "What I liked about table tennis is that it's about the individual," Toby says. "It's completely up to you if you win or lose." – Amy Orndorff, Washington Post