Backhand Block | PingSkills | Table Tennis


Have you ever wondered what you do if your
opponent is attacking you with ferocious topspins? Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to show you the backhand block. The backhand block is a shorter version of
the backhand counterhit or backhand topspin. The backhand counterhit starts here, and you’re
finishing through to there. With the backhand block you’re starting in the same position
and just having a shorter version of that stroke. So why do we have the shorter version? Well
there’s two reasons. One, your opponent is already generating enough speed for you to
get that ball back onto the table so you don’t need to have a bigger stroke to generate your
own speed. The second thing is that because your opponent is playing the ball at you fast
that’s going to cut down the amount of time you have to play a stroke so you don’t have
the time to play a bigger stroke and you only need a shorter stroke to get that ball back
on the table with your backhand block. The next consideration is the angle of your
bat and what angle do you need to have it at. Well this depends on the amount of spin
that the other person puts on their topspin. If there’s a lot of spin you’re going to really
need to turn that bat forward to counteract the topspin otherwise the topspin is going
to get the ball to lift really high so if there’s a lot of topspin turn your bat forward
for the block. If there’s less spin then you can open up the angle for the block. Another important thing to think about when
you’re blocking is to make sure that you’re moving sideways and lining up the ball where
it’s coming to you. So if the ball is out here you need to move across so that the ball
is coming directly at you to make the block. Similarly if the ball is over there you need
to move across and hit the ball from in front of you. A good test is if you let the ball
go it should smack you straight in the guts. As you get more comfortable with your block
you can start to increase the pace of your block and that’s called the punch. So with
the punch you are hitting the ball very flat and it’s almost like a little mini smash.
So it’s “bang!” You are getting a nice flat contact on the ball. To do that though you
need to start with your bat up a little bit higher and come more forward straight at the
ball so now you’re not coming up you don’t need to lift that ball you’re coming forward
and straight through so you’re punching straight through the ball and getting a direct line
from your bat to the ball to the table. So you do the punch when you’ve got a little
bit more time and the ball sits up a little bit higher. It’s difficult to do the punch
if you’re rushed for time so if you’ve got a little bit more time, the ball sits up,
and then bang, you can go straight through that ball and punch it back at them.

35 thoughts on “Backhand Block | PingSkills | Table Tennis

  1. If the ball come at you fast and letting it hit you in the stomach it not a good idea… As always good video guys…

  2. Hi PingSkills (Alois and/or Jeff),
    When performing the block, I've noticed it's hard to get an accurate block in match play, where often my opponent topspins it so hard, whenever I do the littlest stroke, the ball goes out. So, sometimes I'll just place the bat in front of the ball.

    Should I still stroke the ball a little?

  3. Hi Jiecheng,

    I can't reply to your comment because YouTube won't let me (I think it may be your settings?). You can just keep your bat still if you get the right angle and they play it really fast. If you have time though it's good to play a short stroke like we show.

  4. What about blocking with a back spin instead of top spin or punching? I often do this but I'm really weak (lots of bad habits too) and so are my opponents, so maybe that's why I get away with it? At a higher level of play, is this too hard to perform, or does it give my opponent an opportunity to attack?

  5. Man, I love you guys. It's always good to see skilled people teaching newbies in an understandable way. Thank you! 🙂

  6. is hexer hd good.  
    I am thinking about getting a new bat called andro cr7 velocity blade and hexer hd rubber I was wondering if that was a good choice if not plz tell me a good bat under $150 dollars plz thanks love the channel

  7. How to punch the ball when the return ball is backspin??? Also how to block in a good way off a backspin ball so that my return wont be too much height ??

  8. Is it alright to not move my bat at all when blocking an attack sometimes? Or should I work on generating some speed on my block?

  9. alois and Jeff you have developed my game like anything . pls let me know how to block a fast and furious smash and how to return a fake shot . my practice mate does a topspin smash fake idk how he does it . thnx a lot pingskills

  10. Hi guys. I have a question. If your block looks like a weak counterhit, does that mean you could say "I played a weak counterhit to block the ball" or would you rather say "I played a block, which is not a counterhit but a weaker version of that stroke".
    Also, when you explained the backhand punch as being one way of doing a block, Jeff gave some examples of that at 3:30. However, to me this looked identical to a strong counterhit stroke. So is a punch the same as a strong counterhit or are there subtle differences?

    My current guess is that blocking is done either by counterhitting or keeping the bat entirely still, and that a weak counterhit is usually called a block, a regular counterhit is still a block but usually called counterhit/drive, and a strong counterhit is still a counterhit, regularly called a punch and is also a block. If I got any of those terms messed up please elaborate since I find this conglomeration of terminology to be quite confusing at times.

    Also, I assume "blocking" refers to catching the ball early instead of at the top of its bounce. If that's not true please correct me on that. This leads me to believe one of the few examples of counter strokes that are not blocks is a counter loop. Countering simply seems to refer to returning balls that already have a lot of power or topspin on it; again, please correct me if that's not accurate.

  11. I would like to thank ping skills for being a big reason to improve my game with such wonderful tips, without any physical coach and just by drilling and practicing as per your tips I have improved my level a lot, those players who are quite advance compare to me are admiring my game and progress in made in last 1 year, in India we have a culture to give"Guru" (Teacher) a place of God, you both are my favorite Table tennis "Guru" and I need your blessing to grow further. Regards,Dinesh Awtaney

  12. in my club every one says that we should not move the racket at all we should just keep the bat in the way of ball.what should I do?

  13. Hi Alois / Jeff
    I was watching a match between Ma long and Fan zendong ..and commentator used a term chop block and ball looped in air and I thought that will a easy shot for Fan but ball crashed in net, I was kind of confused about behaviour of ball. can you please explain what exactly that stroke / technique is , and is it good learn at intermediate level ?

  14. should you try to let the ball sink in deep and hit the wood or should you only let the ball hit into the sponge or rubber?

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