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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2016, 13:16 
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I know this is less common these days, but because I'm experimenting with a Chopping/Blocking style of double inverted play, I've been naturally blocking more with using angle. Any pros with video you can think of for me to look at that use a blocking based style of play?

The quick list:
JO Waldner
Oh Sang-Eun
Kenta Matsudaira
Schlager
Fredrick Lieck (sp?)

The new kid from Japan is primarily a blocker but has every shot,
Tomokazu Harimoto

I know there are many women that have entire games built around their bachand block.

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ZJK and FZD are both quite good at blocking though it's not their primary style. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm trying to pattern my style after theirs. :rock:


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There's "soft hands" blocking and "send back a bullet" blocking. Which are you thinking about more?

Also, passive and active. Hope you aren't thinking about the former. However, one of my favorites Li Jiao switched from Chinese to Tenergy some years ago and her game *looks* more frequently passive than before, but the rubber loads up a lot of spin and the result is unexpectedly effective.


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Desmond Douglas is still a pretty good blocker :)
http://youtu.be/QOM79Ky4E_8

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There's "soft hands" blocking and "send back a bullet" blocking. Which are you thinking about more?

Also, passive and active. Hope you aren't thinking about the former. However, one of my favorites Li Jiao switched from Chinese to Tenergy some years ago and her game *looks* more frequently passive than before, but the rubber loads up a lot of spin and the result is unexpectedly effective.

Both..soft and hard...passive and active. Passive blocks are still necessary sometimes.

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Desmond Douglas is still a pretty good blocker :)
http://youtu.be/QOM79Ky4E_8

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The Alguetti brothers - Sharon, Gal, and Adar - are 2400+/2500+ level players who are inverted blockers.

This one is Sharon vs Timothy Wang at the 2016 USA Team Trials:


This one is Gal vs Zaman Molla at the 2015 US Nationals:


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GMan4911 wrote:
The Alguetti brothers - Sharon, Gal, and Adar - are 2400+/2500+ level players who are inverted blockers.

This one is Sharon vs Timothy Wang at the 2016 USA Team Trials:


This one is Gal vs Zaman Molla at the 2015 US Nationals:



Very good, wot wot! Ty!

To the thread topic, I've researched this a bit in the past...

Some other names to consider:

Zhang Yining
Zoran Kalinic

It's difficult to find 'real' blockers at the top level today, due to all the aggressive play required. But on the flip side, it's hard to find the names/videos of lower ranked players who do employ the style! I think for club play, almost anywhere in the world, a blocking style of play is more than sufficient enough to win. Only at the upper-tier of playing does it become extinct.

I became a good blocker (so I like to think!) after learning the aggressive top spin tactics to a degree. I was the best in my area at offense, that's not saying much either... so I began trying to help the others improve by blocking back everything so they could practice. And I'd taunt and goad them into attacking me with everything they had. So eventually I somehow turned into the wall of the club! I enjoyed being able to send back their best shots, as they stood their watching in disbelief after expecting a winner. Hell, I'm probably more like a training partner than a player! One of those chinese drill bots who just stand there feeding/returning balls all day.

Blocking is a lot of fun -- provided you have people who like to attack!

When playing against passive patty cake players or pushers/choppers... it becomes rather boring! Both as a player and a spectator. So be sure you maintain some offensive strokes so you can attempt to dictate how the rallies will go. Develop some good flicks and over the table back hand loops. That way you can get some momentum on the ball to avoid being stuck in the pat-pat-pat games...

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