Forehand Block Table Tennis

In this lesson we are going to show you the Forehand Block. Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. There are a few basics we need to go through with the forehand block. First is with your feet. Because you’re blocking, the ball tends
to come quite fast so you need to be in a very square on position because you’re not sure which side the ball is going to come to. So for blocking have your feet square to the
table. The next thing is your starting position with your bat. Make sure it’s up nice and
high and flat. From there you have lots of options as to the stroke that you can play.
With the forehand block it’s nice and flat and straight and from there the stroke is
just like a small counterhit. So we are going from here out and forward. Out and forward.
Depending on the amount of spin on the ball it will determine the angle of your bat. If
there’s a lot of spin on the ball you might need to turn your bat a little bit more forward
or if there’s less spin you can turn your bat back a little bit. When you’re blocking it is really important to be stable. If your head is moving around it makes it very difficult to track the ball when the ball is moving fast to be able to block it. It is important to keep that head as still as you possibly can. That way you can track
the ball a little bit better and your block becomes a little bit more effective.

38 thoughts on “Forehand Block Table Tennis

  1. Is it possible to perform a good Chinese penhold backhand block (or counterhit) against topspin, or should I just give up and try RPB?

  2. I believe RPB is weaker in blocking compared to normal penhold backhand block. RPB is better for adding strength or attacking, but when blocking it has less stability and positioning ability compared to penhold backhand block.
    For example, when doing a penhold backhand block, you use less motion, and you can add downspin, topspin, sidespin or pull back the bat at the moment you block, for RPB, you'd probably only do a normal block or topspin

  3. Thanks a lot, yenhatesme; that's really great info. My blocks are pretty terrible right now but it's good to know they are worth practicing. Do you know of a video (on youtube or otherwise), book or something that can show me how to do a traditional cpen block/counterhit correctly? I can't block well against topspin attacks because closing the racket face is difficult. Thanks again.

  4. but I find the backhand block easier and more fast reacting, perhaps this forehand block is actually just a fast return smash. =.=

  5. hey here's a maybe "stupid" question to you but i wonder is it better when i chop or when i lob if someone smashes to me?plz answer ASAP

  6. @hello3199 why not you go to a local ping pong club and ask for a single match against the players lets see if you can even bare to stand up and face humiliation.

  7. ahahhaha while i was watching this video….I become curious about their website name…is it ping skills or Pings Kills? =) ahhahahah….just joking….I really like your videos…and I learn many things about ping pong….Thank you so much!!

  8. @MrDon191 Check out our website. We have a great bat for beginners. The easiest way to find our website is to Google PingSkills.

  9. @taitrandht The forehand block and counter hit are very similar. The block is a shorter stroke used against a topspin (also called loop) stroke. The counter hit is an extension of this and is normally used off a flatter stroke.

  10. Great video, i am mostly a blocker player, But i am blocking i don 't move my racket to add speed , i use the spin and speed coming from my opponent , i hit the ball just after it bounces on the table and my pad is closed with the surface of the table. and i am winning a lot of points like this. i am blocking with my backand and forehand. My backand is my stronger shot i can do everything with it. so how do you call my shot? is it really a block? do you think it is effective? regards from FR

  11. Yes I would call this a block. It can be very effective. At the higher levels of Table Tennis, the top players seem to be able to over power the blockers though.

  12. i sorta block when i play when people attack i block and force them to run around cuz i hit it very close to the edge until they dont reach or they hit it so high i smash it. do you think that's blocking

  13. Yep, that sure is blocking. It can be very effective when done well. At the higher levels of Table Tennis, the aggressive player can usually over power a blocker over the duration of a match.

  14. Could u please tell me what I am to do if the ball comes fast and in the position where my chest is i.e the middle of my body, that's my main weakness,

  15. If it comes really quickly there's not a lot you can do, just try to move to the side and block the ball back. The real trick is to stop your opponent from playing such a fast shot there in the first place. The best way to do this is by attacking yourself first, or by keeping the ball low to make it difficult for them to attack.

  16. Is the forehand block, as you suggest, a good starting point for learning a forehand counterhit? How would you use this basic stroke to learn a larger counterhit? Does the same thing apply for a backhand block? Is that the basic, or core, movement in a backhand counterhit? Thank you!

  17. Hi very good job!!! I would like to see a video about forehand block and wich is the difference when i have to counter a side spin

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