In the world of table tennis, the blocking technique which is one of the strokes in this sport, is tend to under-rated. Especially at lower levels, many players are so busy trying to emulate the top players, but most of them forget that actually simple blocks can win them matches too.
The upside of a block is that it does not require any stroke production, so it is easy for a lower level player to do consistently. The downside is that it can be a rather negative tactic, and ultimately a players downfall if overused. It is an important part of most players games tough if used in conjunction with an all round game.
Many blocks, if used correctly can get your opponent out of position. When practicing your block, you need to also practice placement. You need to be able to hit the corners and the middle and you need to do that from different positions on your end of the table with different paces. And, of course, practice blocking. It is an important skill.
Who Should Avoid Playing Blocking Stroke?
For most people who don’t do any physical training besides playing table tennis and who don’t play more than 10 hours per week, try avoid blocking as much as possible because unless you are dead tired, one should not block simply because you want to win. Your focus should be on more offensive strokes for exercise and your health first. This will lead to good productivity. For those who are more competitive and trains a lot, blocking is a sure way to victory.
Your Focus Should Be On Offensive Strokes
Generally, it is better to be an attacker rather than a defensive player. A counter-attack puts your opponent under pressure. And yes, block can also leads you to a point if you know how to use it well. Not just blocking your opponent’s attack, it should have a good placement to put your opponent off-balance and become defensive rather than offensive. Thus, if you are an offensive player in nature, it’s best to learn active strokes than passive ones.
With the introduction of the 40mm ball, many people are having thought in their mind that it is better to be on the offensive instead of to be a defensive player. This is due to the blocking technique is become more difficult to perform with bigger ball size. Nonetheless, one should use the blocks occasionally either to neutralize the opponents stroke by placement of the return or as a counter offensive stroke.
As long as you practice frequently, you are going to master the blocking strokes and make it your own defensive weapon and can even counter attack your opponent to win the game.