Blocking 101

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Matthew Fossay

Matthew Fossay Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois I have recently joined a club and am having difficulty with my defence, my offence is good. I can't seem to get better at blocking because my partner doesn't hit fast top spins so I don't block anything. What should I do? If it is possible how do I block a slower hit so that I can still block a bit with my partners' not so fast or spiny shots? Thanks for all your help in this matter. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Matthew,
 
To block the slower balls make sure you are taking the ball earlier at the top of the bounce.  Then push your racket through more forward to generate the pace yourself.
 
To counter the slower spinny topspin, take a look at this lesson on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin.
 
Also take a look at our lesson on the Backhand Block.

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