Block timing

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 2 weeks ago

Toti Failla

Toti Failla Asked 2 weeks ago

Dear Alois, I am toti,  I have a doubt caused by my trainer.  He says blocks have to be done with the bat on the table.  Is he right?   But if the topspin of my opponent is strong? Have I stand with the racket on the table the same?  So, the position to the ball is not the same for blocks and  countertopspin? So, Is it not correct   to strike the ball at the peak of the bounce either for blocks or  for countertopspins? Thanks in advance


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Toti,

I think he is saying that you should try to get the ball earlier when you are blocking.  This gives your opponent less time.

You can vary the timing of the block depending on the speed of the stroke and your position and time.  If you can get the ball earlier you put more time pressure on your opponent.  Sometimes though when they play a very strong ball you need to move back to give yourself more time to react.


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