I’m guessing many readers on this site have spent more than a few days of their lives playing beer pong in some dingy college basement or in the local bar. The game is part of our heritage as partying, beer drinking Americans. My memories take me back to a time when beer pong tournaments in college started at the crack of dawn and ran until…well…there was no one left standing I guess. Times have changed since then (No I’m not telling you when I graduated) and so have the products to make this game even better than we ever thought it could be.
Back then we used whatever flat surface we could afford or better yet, take off of the hinges. Search the web these days and you find a myriad of beer pong tables but they all have their limitations. One of the biggest is that you have to lug them around with you and try to keep people from using them as food storage areas at tailgates. Oh yeah, most don’t float either.
Enter Point Pong, the portable beer pong system. As you can see, Point Pong is a mobile system that eliminates the table from your pong games. To give you an idea of what you are dealing with, let’s start with what’s included and how it looks. Each stand is a triangle 20″ in diameter with a height of 30″. The entire loaded carry bag only weighs 11lbs so it gets high marks on the portability scale. Each stand breaks down into the base, support pole and the tops. You also get 8 side holders (we’ll get to that), 20 colored rings for different game variations, 22 plastic cups (Toby Keith would approve) and 6 balls. You really are ready to roll from the minute this arrives on your doorstep. You can also skip the distance guessing game because there is a clip on distance rope in the kit as well.
I will admit, I was a little intimidated testing this for the first time because I am a huge fan of the bounce technique. You know: toss-bounce-sploosh. With Point Pong you need to bring your A game because it takes a fine touch to score on the fly. While I thought that would “mess up my game”, my concerns quickly melted away and I adapted to a new style in no time. Once you are in the heat of a match nothing else matters but ball meeting cup.
Since I received this in Winter, my first test was indoors and with two small children running around, a huge table in the middle of the living room isn’t going to be good for anyone (except maybe the nighttime medical center). Not a problem with this unit, simply move the racks out of the way if an impromptu dance session breaks out. At some point they have to crash and I can get back to my game.
Once the weather broke I was able to get this outside and it was just as fun. I’ve had numerous people try it and they all love the idea of being able to take the game wherever the party goes instead of being stuck around a table for hours at a time. In the span of an afternoon we went from my deck to the back yard to my neighbors house with ease.
Another great feature will be available when the temperature rises-pool pong. By using the tops, the clipped line and cups, you can have your favorite games while soaking in the shallow end. In addition to custom games on land, the extra cup holders come into play here. Simply snap them on, invert cups and trap air inside while bringing them up from under the holder for added stability. The games can also be very kid friendly by holding competitions using only pool water (I don’t recommend drinking it though).
If you can’t tell by now, I’m a big fan. This kit is perfect for tailgating, house parties, pool parties and just about anywhere else people are going to get together. So that’s it, get your butts over to their website and pick one up.