Footwork for point-blank

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 4 years ago


D K Asked 4 years ago

Greetings Alois,

as blocking is also a defense,I trained it recently and I am curious-that blocking you show in video....Anticipation,I think?
Simply Jeff was looping towards you and you were blocking irregularly placed strokes.
I would like to ask if there is any footwork useful as this is at the closest possible range and I cannot imagine doing a shuffle step in a fraction of second.
The players doing it (usually Waldner) seem to predict it,so they move there before the stroke is made but we are mere people. So from this there any footwork behind point-blank emergency blocking or it is only a hand-only skill?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi DK,

Often there is no need or time to move.  It is more a matter of staying square on to the table and reacting to the forehand or backhand side as needed.

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D K Posted 4 years ago

Then how can I cover my middle and extreme angle in such a situation?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

If you have a wide stance then you can lean.  You need to compromise if the ball comes fast to the middle and you don't have time to move.  Same with out wide, if you can't move in time, reach for the one ball and then try to regain balance.


D K Posted 4 years ago

Ok,thank you :)

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