Pace on practice blocking

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 7 years ago

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

Once in a while I have an opportunity to practice with better players. One thing that I notice is that when they block for me, they add a lot of pace. The result is that even when I make a soft topspin, their block is faster than my loop. It is especially common with kids, and I have to ask them to slow down, often unsuccessfully. Why do they do this? Is it because advanced players punchblock even in practice situations?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Ilia,

I think it is just a matter of education.  It is important that when you are blocking you should block at a pace that is benefitting your practice partner.

I guess it is just a matter of keeping on telling them to slow down.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

Yeah, I try to communicate it clearly. Though I always wonder what makes them punch so hard.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Usually the ego...

Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 7 years ago

Often they are really the people in between in rankings. Better than us but not really good players. Most of them have not nearly the structured training like Pingskills. But they play a lot, and a lot against better players. They also used to quite fast pace. If they are young- young people often don't know what actually works fine to learn things. They dependent on good teachers heavily and they often have a huge ego, or better to say, a natural laziness to train against someone not better than them. Original conversation from a club with a teen: He came up to me and asked to play some balls. I replied, ok let's do it! But I have to say I'm a beginner. He changed quickly his mind, in fear loosing some of his precious time;) we didn't play any ball. 

Recently I met a really good player. We played doubles. He was giving just few tips, and just because I asked. His tips were great.

Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 7 years ago

After our doubles he played the whole evening against Adam Bobrow

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