How to play against blockers

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 6 months ago

Ardak Mirzakhmedov

Ardak Mirzakhmedov Asked 7 months ago

Hi coaches!

Recenly I played with blocker. He doesn't look like a professional player, he doesn't do topspins, there is no spin on his balls. Even his racket is not professional. He hits flat and fast, blocks are very accurate. When I do topspin, he returns very fast and to different sides each time.

What strategy should I use?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 months ago

Hi Ardak,

The main thing when playing against a Blocker is to vary the spin and speed on the ball.  The worst thing you can do is play every ball fast because they love the speed coming to them and they will use that to place the ball well and get you out of position.

We have a tutorial on how to play against a blocker for our Premium members in our Playing Against Series. Take a look at the tutorial on Playing A Blocker.



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Ardak Mirzakhmedov

Ardak Mirzakhmedov Posted 6 months ago

Thank you, coach! 

Today I played again against that blocker. He is better player than I expected. He controls the ball good and  does adjustments during the game. Today I lost again, but this time scores were very close. Won 11:8, lost 9:11, 9:11, 14:16. But when we played first time I lost 2:11, 4:11, 4:11. Then I did the worst mistake that you said :)). 


Today I tried to apply the strategy you suggested. That's why today scores were close. Couldn't win because of my own problems in technique of strokes.

Hope, next time I will add more variations of spin and speed to my strokes. Thank you, again! 

Ardak Mirzakhmedov

Ardak Mirzakhmedov Posted 6 months ago

PS. My opponent was very surprised! After the game he said: " Didn't I beat you easily when we played first time?"

Because he doesn't know about your coaching :))) 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 months ago

Well done Ardak!  Great to hear about your improvement. 

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