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How to chop block in table tennis | He Zhuojia’s technique

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In table tennis, you need to learn every skill and technique. Japanese and Chinese coaches have emphasized the chop block technique.

It’s not a common technique, but it’s very useful in some cases. Today, let’s learn how to perform the chop block technique in table tennis.

Today, let’s learn this technique with the demonstration of He Zhuojia. Chop block is the best way to deal with strong spin: hit the side of the ball, and return the opponent’s very spinning backspin ball.


How to do the chop block technique in table tennis

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To execute the chop block in table tennis, follow these steps:

Ma Long chop block technique with his backhand
Ma Long chop block technique with his backhand

Start in a ready position, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed.



As the ball comes towards you, use your backhand to hit it softly and with a lot of backspin. This will cause the ball to drop sharply after it bounces on your opponent’s side of the table. To avoid the rotation on the ball, you should hit the ball at the side.

Ma Long backhand chopblock with sidespin
Ma Long backhand chopblock with sidespin

While hitting the ball, take a small step towards your backhand side to give yourself more reach and better balance.

As the ball bounces on your opponent’s side of the table, move your racket down and behind you, using a chopping motion to hit the ball. The goal is to hit the ball as close to the table as possible, with a lot of backspin.

hit on the side of the ball
hit on the side of the ball

The chop block is most effective when used against topspin shots, as it is difficult for your opponent to attack the ball when it is dropping sharply.

Remember to always keep your non-racket arm extended to the side to help maintain your balance, and to keep your eye on the ball at all times. It’s also important to practice good footwork when using the chop block, as it requires you to move quickly and efficiently around the table.

lower your stance to chop block
lower your stance to chop block

With practice, you should be able to execute the chop block effectively and use it to disrupt your opponent’s game.

hit the ball on the bounce
hit the ball on the bounce


Demonstration of He Zhuojia

Here is the chop block techniques of He Zhuojia.

How to chop block in table tennis | Ma Long's version

Watch this video.



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