If there is one particular ping pong player who – much like the title of this article – can somewhat be dubbed an Instagram addict, it would be none other than Soo Yeon Lee. While not actually and not exactly addicted to Instagram, Soo Yeon Lee is quite an Instagram celebrity and also happens to be an international table tennis (ping pong) champion. Even her Instagram handle/username is @pingponggirl.
What Does Soo Yeon Lee Post On Her Instagram
From her gorgeous looks, Soo Yeon Lee probably looks like an actress or model, and she is actually both, along with being an accomplished table tennis (ping-pong) champion. She has made appearances on Jay Leno and in the HBO comedy-drama TV series, Entourage.
Those who check out her Instagram profile after reading this will realize that all of the photos that she shares are related to ping pong in one or another, which makes perfect sense. She has even played ping pong with celebrities like Reggie Miller.
Other athletes, celebrities, and musicians that have appeared on her Instagram include Chris Paul, Drake, Russell Simmons, Stephen Curry and Will Ferrell. While it is unlikely that any of us would ever get play against her, if you think you could beat her just because she is a bit too occupied with Instagram, you may want to level up your game.
More About Soo Yeon Lee
Soo Yeon Lee also holds a degree in both Physical Education and Sports Psychology, and she has been modeling for the past ten years. Soon Yeon was just 9 years old when she started playing ping pong and by the time she turned 12, she had already won titled like the Korean Junior Championship and two Taiwan International Junior Table Tennis Championships.
Does A Ping Pong Player’s Paddle Contribute To Their International Acclaim?
If you suspect that one reason behind the acclaim and success of table tennis players like Soo Yeon Lee could be their paddle they choose to use, you are actually somewhat right. While you definitely need the skills and talent to win table tennis (ping pong) matches and championships, the paddle that you use also matters.
When choosing a ping pong or table tennis paddle, it is important to consider both its blade and rubbers. According to the rules of the sport, the paddle’s blade should be made mostly of natural wood. Many paddles also contain small amounts of carbon fiber, compressed paper and/or glass fiber.
Generally, two different styles of paddles are available, namely the Penhold style and the Western style, but the latter is recommended unless a player uses the penholder grip. Traditional paddles come with straight paddles, but more modern ones come with Anatomic or Flared paddles, but this choice is more a matter of personal preference(just like when you love airhockey more than ping pong).
As for the rubbers, the paddle always has a black-colored rubber on one side and a red-colored one on the other. Thicker rubbers are more suitable for an offensive style of play, while thinner rubbers are suitable for a defensive style of play.
Whether you are dreaming of being like Soo Yeon Lee, or perhaps seeing the beautiful champion in person and maybe facing her in a match, you should probably start by choosing the right paddle. If you are still confused, this paddle brand is worth considering and manufacturers some of the finest table tennis paddles.