[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

In this video I show you how to use your block shot to frustrate and beat your opponents.


You normally use a ‘block’ to return your opponent’s topspin attacks. But don’t think of the block as merely a passive, defensive shot. If used well, you can turn defence into attack, force your opponents to make mistakes or even hit outright winners.

In the video I focus on four different blocking tactics you can try. These are the switch block, the fast block, the slow block and the chop block.

Try them all out. You will find some easier than others. But the most important thing is try and mess up your opponents! Good luck!

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video.

0:55 – Tom explains and demonstrates the switch block.

2:42 – Tom explains and demonstrates the fast block.

4:04 – Tom explains and demonstrates the slow block.

5:36 – Tom explains and demonstrates the chop block.

7:10 – Tom discusses the different blocking tactics and suggests which you should try first.

Useful links

> [Video] How to do a chop block – with Craig Bryant

> [Article] Frustrate your opponents with steady blocks, aggressive blocks and trick blocks

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

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