Last updated on 14-Feb-2012 09:31:27 PM
Hi Alois and hello Jeff,
I would like to know that how to play against opponents who do active blocking. In my club, I have a few players who block in either of the two ways
(a) they will not only hold there bat against the topspin, but drive through with a closed bat or punch it, if it is loop/high topspin
(b) they will press the ball down, so the next ball comes very low and the spin is returned back as well
For case (a), I try go back a bit more since the return ball is deep and it tends to climb on if you stay close to the table but still due to the speed the timing of the stroke becomes inconsistent. For case (b), I have seen many players including myself hitting out since they are not sure about the incoming spin and are also not sure that if they should play the next topspin horizontal or try to lift the ball.
Can you please help in this case.
When playing against active blockers you need to vary the spin and the pace of your shots. This will make it more difficult for the blocker to get a rhythm on their strokes.
This is a good tactic whether they punch the ball or press the block down. Also think about your placement. they will have a side that they block better with. Try to play to their weaker side and also try the middle where a lot of blockers are weaker.