Forehand Chop block

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 months ago

Sai Vignesh

Sai Vignesh Asked 6 months ago

Hi Alois, 

Tried searching this everywhere but did not find it. Only there are tutorials about forehand chop but not tell chop block.. most of the time Xu Xin uses it in his game I feel it is effective against smashes.. If it is just a variation of forehand chop please suggest me how to make it  coach.

Thanks in advance coach?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 months ago

Hi Sai,

If you take a look at the tutorial on the Chop block you can apply the same principles to the forehand side as well.

It is not an easy stroke to play but as you can see it can be effective when Xu Xin uses it.


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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 6 months ago

I think its more of a surprise shot than an effective shot. Xu Xin doesn’t use and win every second rally with it and there is a reason for. Maybe this shot is actually relatively easy to counter technically, but the main success lies in the surprise effect and because the opponent doesn’t deal with this shot very often during a game. As a receiver you probably can not see much of a preparation, so you expecting a topspin- what the surprise might be. Its definitely a effective defensive shot when you in trouble. The opponent tries to counter it safe but often because of that too slow. This gives you sometimes the opportunity to take over the attack.

I don’t know if this ball is so hard to play. I don’t think so. Maybe the timing is a bit of a challenge cause its  effective against faster shots so you have to deal with a fast shot coming in. But i believe its also hard to control, meaning With a usual block you have so much more opportunities in terms of placing and pace of the ball.

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