Blocking with long pips and blocking a smash

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sam Unknown

sam Unknown Asked 14 years ago

Hi, i was wondering if you had ever played with long pips...  My question is, how do you block a loop with long pips?  I normally just chop the loop, but i was wondering if you knew a good strategy to block the loop.

My next question is, how do you defend a hit with no spin whatsoever that is going fast, can you block the hit at all?  I have seen people chop it, but i am wondering if there is a more offensive side to blocking such a hit, thanks!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 14 years ago

Hi Sam,

I haven't played competitively with long pips but I have done a lot of hitting with them.

To block with the long pips you need to open the face of your racket up.  You can almost push the ball back when they attack.  You have to have very soft hands to do this.  If you racket faces down at all the ball will go into the net.

To defend a no spin hityou can block the ball.  Again it is all about the angle of your bat.  You will need to open the racket face up a little to get the ball over the net.  Because it doesn't have topspin it doesn't lift off your bat as much.

Hope this helps.

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D K Posted 8 years ago


Do you have any advcie how to avoid hardening my hand while trying to block a smash from the long distance,or relaxing my hand too much?

I really do not know how to block it in the area where i have enough time to react. (Blocking a 60 cm high ball kill at the table is nearly impossible)

But in that area I always throw it highly or under the table.


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