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The backhand block is used to counter a topspin stroke. Once you can return your opponents attacking strokes, you will take your game to a new level.
excellent explanation Jeff.
liked it a lot
could you do an explanation/video on the sidespin punch block or sidespin block.
I could really surpise my opponent then!
Woah, that is getting advanced... That is something we could do down the track.
ok, i think i getting in over mmy head about advanced moves ha ha
i colud learn a lot from this video :))
Thanks Dragos. Good to hear.
This is what I need to work on I also need to work on my position is there a way I could improve my position?
You just need small movements to get good position. See if you can line up the ball and get right behind it to make the block. So your arm doesn't move sideways, your feet do.
Hi Alois & Jeff:
It's delightful to watch Jeff playing this, I really love BH Block more than Forehand because we can us wrist to flick it.
Is block playable when we are away from the table or should we be always close to it when blocking.Also I wonder if block can be made in other side, I mean you both are always playing cross court. It would be great to know the technique to block "Down the line" hopefully with your videos, I feel blocking in this way would be a great weapon because the opponent would have to reach all the way to other side to retrieve the ball.
Yes, Jeff has a good backhand block. Nice to watch.
It is usually played close to the table because you are not generating your own power you need to be close to the table to get it to go back. If you are further away and need to generate your own power it becomes more of a punch or you can make a topspin from there.
To get the ball down the line, it is simply a matter of adjusting the angle of your bat slightly or hitting the ball a fraction of a second later. Both these things will allow you to get the ball down the line.
Thank you for this video! This was one of my biggest problems. I was always trying to come up on the ball to generate spin and of course would make it go long and out. I can't wait to try this tomorrow during play.
Great, let me know how it goes.
What isn't working Nabil?
It is easy
my coach tells me that i should'nt move the bat upwards and just to keep the bat close to the table .please help me out
You don’t need to move it too much up especially if there is already a lot of topspin on the ball. If there is less topspin then you can lift the bat slightly.
i am a left hander.i saw how to spin the ball. i need to know how to top spin.
Move on to the lesson on Forehand Topspin Against Block. This will show you how to do it.
after seeing your videos,i have won the 1st place in a state level tournament. Thanks sir
Well done Sanjeev. I am sure you did some good training too!
The new camera is great. It's a nice to have the video quality match the instuctional quality.
have you thought about some simple sound treatment to the room. It would 'dry' up the reverb(echo) And improve your sound quality.
Thanks Alois, helpful as ever. But I wonder which technique you recommend for blocking a really fast topspin or a smash. I usually just hold my bat against it with no movement at all but the block sometimes is too long anyway.
Thanks. The length of your stroke will depend on the amount of speed and spin on the ball. If the ball is going out sometimes a softer hand will help or just turning your bat over the ball a bit more.
We have thought a lot about the sound in the room. Have tried a few things. When you say simple sound treatment what do you mean. Any help on this would be great.
I sent you an email with regards to sound treatment.
Thanks Rory. I have received that and we will see what we can do. Thanks for your help.
great quality video - congratulations !
As illustration for Manfred´s question I recently found the following video:
What do you think about it (not making a stroke, just holding the bat against heavy topspin)?
Great! This new backhand block video helps me lot. Super slow motion quality is very good. Super slow motion with HD looks very nice.
One of my training partners has a very powerful, speedy FH topspin. My problem is that it has a lot of sidespin or hook in it. While I'm able to adjust to it when I block with FH, by simply extending my arm a bit, it just doesn't work when he loops on my BH, the ball many times hits my index finger. What's your advice, just keep practicing or is there any special technique here?
Try to get the angle of your bat facing to the right. Then hit the ball directly to the cross court corner. Try to get a flat contact on the ball by coming at the ball from your left to right. If you just hold your bat at the ball, you will get sidespin on the ball which will lead to more inconsistency.
Thanks for the great video. It is really helpful.
,this video has made the blocking Technices has made the game easy n interesting
Good to hear Victor.
Thank you very helpful.
Thanks for the video. I would recommend also watching some of Kenta Matsudaira's matches. In my opinion, he's an awesome blocker and not just because of his BH sidepin block he's famous for.
i was having the problem with the angle of bat while contacting ball.But this video made my doubt clear.Very good video.
The video is both simple and straight forward. You guys are becoming good teachers!
Wow! I really learned I lot with all your videos especially this one ...the Backhand block and the punch... Thank you very much!
No problems at all Emely. Glad the site is helping.
Please allow me to also add that you can't win the point by just blocking against hard looping. In the basics of any sport pure defense looses against pure offensive. You have to develop some degree of skill in blocking, enough to bring back the ball so difficult to loop again that he can't keep an effective all out offense. Example: Matsudaira.
That backhand punch looks a lot like the backhand counterhit, just a bit harder, or am I missing something?
Yes it is very similar. You hit the ball a bit flatter and come straight through the line of contact to get the flatter faster contact.
The block is what i was missingThanks Coach!!!
No problems Ahmed.
I've been playing with the penhold grip for some time now and always suffered when people attacked me on my backhand side. Now since a few months I've been trying to hit my backhand with my backhand side. And even though I'm starting to manage OK to play topspin, I still have problems hitting 'a simple block' because I feel the position to hit a backhand block with penhold grip seems a little unnatural. Hopefully you can give me a few tips.
For the block use the normal side of your racket. Then make sure that you are tilting your wrist forward to counter the spin. You can use your finger a little to adjust the grip if you need to. Push the thumb forward and the forefinger back to get more angle on the racket.
Hi Alois, when hitting the backhand block- Should the motion of the stroke be straight forward "through" the ball or more like a outward curve from beginning of the stroke? Best regards, Patrick
The more spin there is on the incoming ball the more forward you can be with the stroke. Also if you are wanting to punch through the ball then again the motion needs to be more forward. If the topspin is slight or you are looking for more controlled block then you can have more of an upward curve to the stroke.
Hi, my name is Malik and I'm 20 years old, I've been watching your teaching videos for about a month and they truly improved my way of playing (specifically when attacking ).
I have something to ask...
Sir can you please make an app on Apple Store, it would be truly amazing to have the videos on an app.
thank you so much for your effort and time, thank you both.
Glad to know they are helping. We will look at the possibility of an app.
Is the Block played in the same way with short pimple as with inverted rubber? Since changing to short pimple I have noticed a tendency for my first block to be fine but the next one to fall into the net as though the return ball had underspin on it. I blocked with the same slightly closed bat angle and my opponent used inverted ( not "funny" ) rubber.
You do need to open the bat a little more with the short pimples and hit through the ball on contact. The rubber doesn't grip the ball like it does with the inverted rubber.
Sir Alois do you have any suggestion of a good table tennis racket and a good rubber to use for attack and defense...thank you so much
We have a tutorial on this. Take a look at Choosing a Table Tennis Bat for some help with this.
Hi, Alois. One thing I really look for is the last part you include in some of your latest videos when we see what you see from your attached camera. Good idea! It really gives the insight from the teacher.
Thanks Eduardo. That is from a suggestion by one of our members.
Hi, Alois. Where are your videos about serve. I was looking for them.
Your videos are very exciting.
They are in our Serving Secrets section.