Distance for a blocker

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 4 years ago

Josh Benz Josh Benz

Josh Benz Josh Benz Asked 4 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

I've been playing table tennis a few years now, and I am a blocker. I'm alright at it, but I have a few questions about it. 1. I can never find an average length to stand away from the table. I know about footwork, but I'm talking about how far away from the table should I return to after hitting the shot. Too close and the opponent hits deep, too far and I can't be aggressive. 2. How do I get more control on my blocks. I can be consistent, but I can never use control to force a bad return. When I do that, I get overpowered and lose the point. 

Thanks in advance!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Josh,

You need to be ready to move constantly.  The forward and backward movement is an important one for the blocker as a major focus for the attacker will be to vary their speed and placement shorter and longer.  The movement needs to be a jumping in and out with both feet as well as adjusting yoru body balance to cope with the changes as well.

Initially a distance that you can work with is where you can just touch the table when you are in the ready position.

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