Forehand Block | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. In
this lesson we’re going to talk to you about the forehand block. The forehand block is just a smaller version
of the forehand counterhit. So the forehand counterhit you’re starting here and coming
all the way up. With the block it’s just a smaller version of that same stroke with the
bat following the same path. With your feet make sure that you’re nice
and square to the table because when you’re blocking the ball’s coming at you quite fast
so you need to be prepared to play with either the backhand or the forehand. If you’re standing
just for your forehand block and the ball came to your backhand side you’d be in a lot
of trouble. So square yourself up so that you’re ready for both sides. Then it’s a matter of executing the stroke
with a nice small action. Why do we have a small action? Because they’re already generating
enough speed for you to get that ball back on the table. You don’t need a big swing to
get the ball on to their side of the table and you don’t need a big swing to get a lot
of speed on the ball because again they’ve generated the speed for you. The other thing
is that you don’t have enough time so you haven’t got time to play a big swing at it
and a big backswing because the ball’s coming at you fast. So think about a nice short swing and all
it needs to be is just a small forehand counterhit from here to there. Once you have the basic stroke then you can
start to think about the angle of your bat and how much spin that they’re generating
with their topspin. So if they’re playing with a lot of topspin
on the ball then you need to cover that ball over. Turn your bat forward so that the ball
goes on to the table. If you have a flat open angle and they have a lot of topspin then
the ball is going to go up really high and it’s either going to go off the end of the
table or go up so high that they’re going to make a smash on the next ball. If there’s less spin then you can open the
angle up but if there’s more spin you need to cover the angle over. The stroke still
remains the same so a nice small forehand counterhit just now your adjusting the angle
depending on the amount of topspin on the ball

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