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Table tennis technique - block by courtesy of the ITTF

The modern game of table tennis has become one that's dominated by players who play very fast aggressive shots and who use an attacking / offensive style of play.

So one of the ways to counteract these types of aggressive shots is to master the table tennis technique of blocking the ball.

This shot would normally be used when the approaching ball is moving very quickly towards you with heavy topspin and the purpose of this stroke is to catch your opponent out of position and reduce the time available for them to play their next shot.

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Other advanced techniques

Of course, coping with your opponents fast attacking shots is an advanced technique, so it's important that you've mastered the basics of table tennis first, such as the table tennis grip, the table tennis stroke and the basic table tennis serve.

But once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to move on to an advanced level of table tennis. If that's you, I hope you'll find these tips and techniques useful.

I'll also be covering other table tennis techniques including - mastering spin, the backhand loop and forehand loop, the backhand chop and forehand chop.

Then I'll move on to the advanced table tennis serve including the short backspin serve, the backhand sidespin serve, and the forehand high toss serve.

Finally, I'll cover the advanced return of serve including the short push return, the fast attacking push return and the forehand flick.


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The block shot

1. The Backhand Block

backhand block table tennis

To play this stroke, stand close to the table and take a stance facing the line of play.

Using a short stroke, your racket arm should move from the elbow in a horizontal plane whilst your free arm should point towards the ball to assist with your balance.

Hit the ball as it's rising (i.e. just after bouncing on your side of the table) using 50% of your stroke action before hitting the ball and 50% after hitting the ball.

Your body movement should be minimal when you play this shot.

 

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This shot would normally be used when the approaching ball is moving very quickly, with topspin, towards your backhand side.

The purpose of this stroke is to catch your opponent out of position and reduce the time available to them, so you should try to make sure that your shot lands away from your opponent and close to their baseline or sideline.

 

2. The Forehand Block

forehand block table tennis

To play this stroke, stand close to the table and take a stance facing the line of play.

Using a short stroke, your racket arm should move from the elbow in a horizontal plane whilst your free arm should point towards the ball to assist with your balance.

Hit the ball as it's rising (i.e. just after bouncing on your side of the table) using 50% of your stroke action before hitting the ball and 50% after hitting the ball.

Your body movement should be minimal when you play this shot.

 

My top table tennis techniques:

This shot would normally be used when the approaching ball is moving very quickly, with topspin, towards your forehand side.

The purpose of this stroke is to catch your opponent out of position and reduce the time available to them, so you should try to make sure that your shot lands away from your opponent and close to their baseline or sideline.

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