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Backhand Block

Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

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.

Thoughts on this video

Ardak Mirzakhmedov

Ardak Mirzakhmedov , thought...

on the 03-Jun-2012 02:11:25 AM

thank you!


Prashanth TV

Prashanth TV , thought...

on the 07-Jun-2012 05:02:38 PM

excellent explanation Jeff.

liked it a lot


Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh , thought...

on the 12-Oct-2012 10:32:51 PM

could you do an explanation/video on the sidespin punch block or sidespin block.

I could really surpise my opponent then!

THX


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 12-Oct-2012 11:09:54 PM

Woah, that is getting advanced... That is something we could do down the track.


Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh , thought...

on the 13-Oct-2012 10:26:51 AM

ok, i think i getting in over mmy head about advanced moves ha ha

Thanks anyway


Dragos Ceu

Dragos Ceu , thought...

on the 23-Nov-2012 11:04:29 PM

i colud learn a lot from this video :))


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 24-Nov-2012 06:22:02 AM

Thanks Dragos.  Good to hear.


Camden Lindsay

Camden Lindsay , thought...

on the 23-Dec-2012 06:54:31 PM

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? 

 

Thanks 

 

Camden 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Dec-2012 07:37:55 PM

Hi Camden,

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.


ganesh burra

ganesh burra , thought...

on the 26-Feb-2013 02:55:44 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 26-Feb-2013 03:18:11 AM

Hi Ganesh,

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.


Jeremy Luna

Jeremy Luna , thought...

on the 15-Apr-2013 10:24:49 AM

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. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Apr-2013 05:26:51 AM

Great, let me know how it goes.


Nabil shaikh

Nabil shaikh , thought...

on the 23-Oct-2013 01:56:22 AM

not working


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Oct-2013 08:19:51 AM

What isn't working Nabil?


Sovan Ly

Sovan Ly , thought...

on the 20-Nov-2013 01:17:15 PM

It is easy


pramukh ss

pramukh ss , thought...

on the 05-Mar-2014 04:35:34 PM

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Mar-2014 10:00:41 PM

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.


sanjeev vijayanand

sanjeev vijayanand , thought...

on the 27-Jul-2014 02:09:54 PM

i am a left hander.i saw how to spin the ball. i need to know how to top spin.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 27-Jul-2014 04:13:50 PM

Hi Sanjeev,

Move on to the lesson on Forehand Topspin Against Block.  This will show you how to do it.


sanjeev vijayanand

sanjeev vijayanand , thought...

on the 23-Aug-2014 08:21:26 PM

after seeing your videos,i have won the 1st place in a state level tournament. Thanks sir


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Aug-2014 08:49:07 PM

Well done Sanjeev.  I am sure you did some good training too!


Rory Goulding

Rory Goulding , thought...

on the 24-Nov-2014 06:26:50 AM

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.

great video.

R.


Manfred Rolfsmeier

Manfred Rolfsmeier , thought...

on the 24-Nov-2014 06:48:19 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 24-Nov-2014 08:28:26 AM

Hi Manfred,

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.

Hi Rory,

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.


Rory Goulding

Rory Goulding , thought...

on the 24-Nov-2014 09:18:40 AM

I sent you an email with regards to sound treatment.

 

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 24-Nov-2014 09:42:28 AM

Thanks Rory.  I have received that and we will see what we can do.  Thanks for your help.


Thomas Kunzfeld

Thomas Kunzfeld , thought...

on the 25-Nov-2014 03:07:06 AM

Hi Alois,

great quality video - congratulations !

As illustration for Manfred´s question I recently found the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYnXr3n0RT8

What do you think about it (not making a stroke, just holding the bat against heavy topspin)?


Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni , thought...

on the 25-Nov-2014 04:38:51 PM

Great! This new backhand block video helps me lot. Super slow motion quality is very good. Super slow motion with HD looks very nice.smile


Gabor Szollosy

Gabor Szollosy , a premium member said...

on the 04-Dec-2014 09:54:52 PM

Hi Alois,

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? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 04-Dec-2014 10:32:23 PM

Hi Gabor,

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.


Raven Xeen

Raven Xeen , thought...

on the 09-Dec-2014 07:51:00 PM

Thanks for the great video. It is really helpful.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 09-Dec-2014 09:00:17 PM

Thanks Raven.


victor ejaye

victor ejaye , thought...

on the 05-Mar-2015 04:34:34 AM

,this video has made the blocking Technices has made the game easy n interesting 

Thanks!

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Mar-2015 07:14:10 AM

Good to hear Victor.


Tom Shufflebottom

Tom Shufflebottom , thought...

on the 05-Mar-2015 07:51:58 AM

Thank you very helpful.


georges skurtis

georges skurtis , thought...

on the 23-Mar-2015 06:02:53 AM

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.


akshat tripathi

akshat tripathi , thought...

on the 01-Apr-2015 12:58:02 AM

i was having the problem with the  angle of bat while contacting ball.But this video made my doubt clear.Very good video.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 01-Apr-2015 07:18:48 AM

Thanks Akshat.


eduardo espinosa

eduardo espinosa , thought...

on the 03-Jun-2015 11:57:17 AM

The video is both simple and straight forward. You guys are becoming good teachers!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 03-Jun-2015 12:02:00 PM

Thanks Eduardo.


Emely Bautista

Emely Bautista , thought...

on the 25-Jun-2015 08:28:47 PM

Wow! I really learned I lot with all your videos especially this one ...the Backhand block and the punch... Thank you very much!smile


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 25-Jun-2015 10:15:00 PM

No problems at all Emely.  Glad the site is helping.


eduardo espinosa

eduardo espinosa , thought...

on the 06-Jul-2015 09:49:43 AM

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.


Noris Rogers

Noris Rogers , thought...

on the 15-Jul-2015 11:38:51 AM

That backhand punch looks a lot like the backhand counterhit, just a bit harder, or am I missing something?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 15-Jul-2015 04:29:29 PM

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.


Ahmed Annas

Ahmed Annas , thought...

on the 13-Aug-2015 12:49:32 AM

The block is what i was missing
Thanks Coach!!!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 13-Aug-2015 06:05:47 AM

No problems Ahmed.


Michel Vanderlinden

Michel Vanderlinden , thought...

on the 09-Oct-2015 03:28:36 AM

Hello,

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.

Thanks!

Michel


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 09-Oct-2015 06:28:27 AM

Hi Michel,

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.


patrik molander

patrik molander , thought...

on the 27-Mar-2016 02:21:10 AM

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 27-Mar-2016 05:26:56 AM

Hi 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.


Malik Sadeqah

Malik Sadeqah , thought...

on the 14-Sep-2016 08:42:35 AM

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 laughing).

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 14-Sep-2016 11:17:25 AM

Hi Malik,

Glad to know they are helping.  We will look at the possibility of an app.


Stehen Craw

Stehen Craw , thought...

on the 15-Sep-2016 10:23:03 PM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 15-Sep-2016 10:30:26 PM

Hi,

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.


michael brosas

michael brosas , thought...

on the 16-Sep-2016 05:58:51 PM

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Sep-2016 06:21:12 PM

Hi Michael,

We have a tutorial on this.  Take a look at Choosing a Table Tennis Bat for some help with this.


nima nemati

nima nemati , thought...

on the 11-Oct-2016 11:51:47 PM

very good


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 12-Oct-2016 04:22:52 AM

Thanks Nima.


eduardo espinosa

eduardo espinosa , thought...

on the 16-Oct-2016 03:51:49 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Oct-2016 07:36:52 AM

Thanks Eduardo.  That is from a suggestion by one of our members.


mohamad davari

mohamad davari , thought...

on the 31-Dec-2016 06:43:55 PM

Hi, Alois. Where are your videos about serve. I was looking for them.

Your videos are very exciting.

Thank you 

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 01-Jan-2017 06:33:25 AM

Hi Mohamad,

They are in our Serving Secrets section.