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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!
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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