How to play table tennis – Block

How to play table tennis – Block

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Hey, I’m Geogina Pota,
and I will show you how to block The Forehand and Backhand blocks
are defensive strokes The efficiency behind block strokes is gained by using the speed and strength of the opponent’s stroke Reading the opponent and good timing
are key for a good execution This tutorial is for right-handers,
For left-handers, use the video as your mirror image Stand close to the table Keep your feet shoulders width apart.
Almost at the same distance from the table Your left foot should not be more than 10 to 15 centimeters in front of your right Your knees are slightly bent. Your body is relaxed.
The upper part of your spine is slightly bent Your hips a little bit backward.
Your core is much higher than with other strokes The racket starting position is always above the ball. Your right shoulder is slightly forward
and leaning downwards Your elbow is also forward. The wrist is bent to get the top of the racket in a tilted position towards the body Your grip and forearm are firm. Your elbow is close to the body and other parts of your body are relaxed There is much less physical activity in block strokes The racket moves forward and down
and the Movement of the stroke is very small When facing a strong topspin Backhand block is performed with
lower and more forward shoulder and your forearm is moving more downwards A Backhand block requires more action from the thumb pressing into the rubber Like other Backhand strokes The Backhand Block is performed in front of the body as it is an easier more natural position
to control the opponent’s topspin The ball should be intercepted about 15 centimeters after the bounce about one net height If you want to be more aggressive,
and add some additional power to the ball hit the ball at one-and-a-half net height Direction of the Racket should be towards the center of the ball. Particularly for blocking top spins with a lot of rotation The point of contact is the same as for Forehand and Backhand Topspin Many times you can choose to play short topspin close to the table instead of block so keep your options open A block is a really short stroke and your hand stops just a few centimeters after the contact If you anticipate that you have to play another block, bring the racket to the middle and above the table Move to the position where your opponent’s loop is most likely to come. keep the upper part of the body relaxed Answering an opponent’s strong attack with a technically good block is simple But a very efficient tool for a defender In many situations, It seems that the blocker is winning the mental game as he uses the opponent’s speed and strength against him For more information, check out our website.
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21 thoughts on “How to play table tennis – Block”

  1. Dear ITTF, This is hugely disappointing. I am an ITTF level 2 Certified Coach and went through the Level 2 training with Philip Molodzof using the Advanced ITTF Manual. There are 6 different kinds of block on Stroke Card 8. The block is not always a defensive stroke as shown by the Active Block description which aggressively redirects the opponents incoming speed and spin. I don't understand how you take all that time to develop such a  wonderful resource and then let whoever wrote the dialogue for this video ignore all of it and make statements which do not reflect the Advanced Manual. You really need to use your own resources! Shame on you. To all of you reading this, don't waste your time watching any more of these, get the ITTF Advanced Manual and read how to do it properly. One should never bring the racquet back to neutral position but it should flow to the next anticipated stroke starting point. Look up Barney Reed Senior's article of the ready/neutral position on Newgy's website.

  2. excellent video with slow motion and graphic and step by step explanation, can't ask for more! much appreciate, looking forward for more good video!

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