Chop block against fast topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Jack Tan

Jack Tan Asked 4 years ago

I've been practicing the chop block for quite a while and I find it very useful in my games especially when my opponent is a really aggressive player, however the one and only struggle I have is chop blocking fast topspins. I have watched your video regarding the chop block and analysed Koki Niwa's chop blocks but I can't seem to get the correct angle. The standard block works fine, but I just want to spice things up a bit. Any tips/advice?

Note: I'm not using any form of pimple/anti-spin rubber


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Jack,

Well done on introducing this difficult stroke into your game.

Focus on keeping your hand really relaxed when playing the stroke against a faster ball.  This will help you to absorb some of the speed and spin on the ball.  Apart from the it is a matter of a lot of practice to get it just right.


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Jack Tan

Jack Tan Posted 4 years ago

Thank you!



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