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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!
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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