Defence strategy

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 8 years ago

Tom Oxas

Tom Oxas Asked 10 years ago


I want to ask which strategy: blocking or chopping is more effective against smash and forehand topspin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Tom,

This depends on your style.  They are both effective.  With the chop you have more time but so do they to see what is coming.  The block gives them less time but is also a difficult shot especially against a smash.

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D K Posted 8 years ago

But is it learnable?
I mean the block vs. smash.
It looks it is a crucial stroke for me,as I can never get out of the reach of the table.

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 8 years ago

"Balloon" defence (lob) is an option too, if you're able to put them high, long and in the middle of the table with varying top/side spin to force the error on the attacker. I think it's easier to master than the chop, especially if you have a fast bat. I'm speaking for the situation when you're meters away from the table obviously. if you're close, the block is the best option.


D K Posted 8 years ago

As a long pimple classical defender,for me it is better to chop.

But as I am the worst player in district and probably in the region,too,I am at every tournament placed at the table with smallest space.

At the smallest table I have ever played at tournament,the playing space was exactly 556 cm long!!

This means that I have about 140 cm behind the table.(table length = 274cm)

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 8 years ago

If you have only 140cm of room behind the table, blocking is probably your best option.


D K Posted 8 years ago

Only one option.

It seems like they want to prevent me from defensive play.

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