(Video) How to block heavy topspin

A common problem players have when trying to block heavy topspin, is that the ball shoots long past the table.

I know this problem very well, as I used to really struggle with heavy topspin when I first started playing competitive table tennis.

I would see the shot coming. My opponent would drop his shoulder, the bat would go low and then accelerate upwards. It’s topspin! I knew it was topspin. But still I felt powerless to do anything about it. I’d get my bat to the ball in the hope it might go on the table. But it never did. The ball just shot off my bat, high into the air and flew long past the end of the table.

Disaster! Another point lost.

In time I learnt what to do. A more experience played took pity on me and explained how to block the ball.

Thankfully, the solution is quite simple.

In this video, I explain how to block heavy topspin and how you can use aggressive blocks to put your opponent under some serious pressure.

Video length: 05:06

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