Backhand block & Counterloop
-When blocking, always try to keep the paddle 45 degrees
(not to the ground). Make sure the handle is not parallel or perpendicular to
the ground. So make the handle about 45 degrees to the ground. (the paddle far
edge faces towards the ground if your a penholder reverse and up if your
handshake. This will give you good control and more surface area of hitting the
-When you block the ball, turn your a little wrist for some
-If the ball is very spinny, try and block more towards the
side as that is where the ball's spin effect is not as effective
-Sometimes when you want to take a good amount of pace away
from the ball, some Chinese coaches say that when the ball comes to your paddle,
you may want to bring the paddle back a little to slow the ball down. This can
be used for having a block close to the table if the opponent is far out etc.
-When you are closer to the table, you don't want to make
to much of a motion. However, when you are further away from the table, the
stroke becomes much like a backhand loop. When you are further away, you should
use your big arm as well.
-When close to the table, try and hit the ball while it is
just about to get to the highest point. You don't need to wind back to much.
-Cock your wrist loosely and bring your forearm back a
little just enough that the cocked wrist is behind the elbow (sometimes you
don't have enough time to bring it back there, so just aim towards it). Also
don't forget to be loose.
-Also use a little waist to bring your paddle back (Not to
-As you counter-loop the ball, hit it around 45 degrees
depending on the spin, and into the foam. Then close the paddle after you make
-When you are further away from the table, you should bring
your forearm back so the elbow is more ahead of the wrist than when close-to
table counter-looping. You might also want to use your big arm when
counter-looping away from the table. When you do this, the elbow should go to
the side, not foreword. The forearm should mainly drive the rest of the arm
Side Note: When close-to-table counterlooping, make sure from the elbow down, is all loose. When more away from the table, the whole arm can be loose as well.