Backhand block

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 years ago

Pedro Sargento

Pedro Sargento Asked 3 years ago

Hello Coach,

I have trouble in blocking a strong top spin loop into my backhand corner. I find it more difficult against spinny slow and high loop than with fast, less spinny strokes.

In fact, what I find is more challenging is all the body to ball coordination, and the timings, but also finding the right moment when to meet the the ball after the bounce. Sometimes I try to turn and counter with a FH topspin, which is effective when it works but risky. I feel that I prefer this risk though, than to try the BH block, which I feel is just a passive stroke from my side, and often the ball goes over the table.

Thanks in advance!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Pedro,

I think improving your Backhand block is important.  As you say, pivoting and playing a counter with your forehand is possible and effective but it is a risky option.

I think you should focus on the hitting point of your backhand block.  That is where you are hitting the ball in relation to your body.  Try to have a consistent hitting position.  Usually quite close to you is a good point for being able to control the ball.  If you think about where you would catch a ball with two hands if someone threw the ball to you.  That position is often a good guide.

Once you get the control of the block you can start to add some more options such as adding a little topspin or a hitting the ball faster.  Still remember to keep that consistent hitting position for all of those options.

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Pedro Sargento

Pedro Sargento Posted 3 years ago

Thanks coach, that seems like a good starting point that I will train more often now.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Let me know how you get on. 

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