Blocker, a player who blocks all sort of shots you throw at them. The blockers are tricky, they do everything to make your life difficult. They even suck the energy out of you! If you want to win, they will make you put 100% of on the table. When you see some of the majestic blocks in youtube video of players like Jan Ove Waldner or Koki Niwa or Kenta Matsudaria, you feel it is easy but it is really difficult and these guys are exceptional talents. What if you face such a blocker and what tactic you should follow to beat them? Let’s look at those in this article.
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I have faced blockers myself in multiple occasions, some of them were returning the easy ball back to me and they were easy to beat but some of them were really tricky as they did variety of stuff with their blocks. To fight the blockers, you need to have a versatile game. Below are the five tactics you can follow to beat them -
Effective shot placement and spin variation are critical when facing a blocker. Use the following techniques:
Blockers survive on controlling the game and taking away opportunity from you. Altering the pace of your shots can disrupt the blocker’s rhythm and make it more challenging for them to control the game. Implement the following strategies:
Good footwork is essential for positioning yourself optimally and maintaining balance. Consider the following footwork principles:
As it is the case with defeating a topspiner, your serves are the starting point of every point and can set the tone for the rally. Here’s how to serve strategically:
Staying mentally strong is crucial when facing a blocker, as they may aim to frustrate you! Consider these mental aspects:
Beating a blocker is easy if you are able to find their weakness and adjust your game accordingly. It is very difficult if the blocker is able to understand your tactics and he is also adapting to your game. You need to be tactically strong and take instant decisions to win such battle. The winner will be the one who is ready to put their best on the table. 😇