Boozy dates are easy. But convincing us you’re charming without an eighty proof crutch? That takes skill. And good advice. Work together, earn trust: It's your opportunity to work up a volley and establish a mutual rhythm. Cheering each other on is a great way to bond, just like you're a real couple. And then, deliver a crushing, eat-my-particle-board shot that reminds you both that you're not a total puss. Get the blood going: Raising your heart rate and stoking excitement is a great way to break the ice. It's more active and engaging than going to a movie and not speaking, but not so active that you end up sweaty. Play your pong right and that might just happen later. Low risk: Bumbling after an errant ping pong ball may make you look like a spaz, but it's not as bad as the wall clutching you could be doing in skates. There's a reason we didn't recommend a roller rink. Also there's less risk of injury playing TT unless you get a paddle to the face in doubles, and then that's a totally different kind of date.
Ping Pong (or “Table Tennis,” for those of you who went to Dartmouth.)
Why ping pong
Just the Tip
Don't be too good. Being good at actual tennis is sexy, but being awesome in table tennis will make us wonder how much of ninth grade you spent in your basement. True paddle prowess should be used sparingly.