The Brick Wall is every offensive player’s worst nightmare. These players like to use incoming speed and spin and use it in their favor, by blocking the ball back to the most awkward places.
Brick Walls can choose between inverted, long pips and antispin on their backhand side, each alternative with its own upsides.
Their main downside is that they seldom take the initiative, and this can turn against them when their opponent doesn’t attack them, or when their opponent attacks them and they can’t deal with their attacks.
These players are the only ones that can seamlessly transform defense into attack. This ability is what makes them so special.
They can turn defense into attack with just one block.
They make few unforced mistakes.
They can use their opponent’s attacks against them.
Blockers are smart players who have lots of match experience.
Lack of initiative
Brick walls don’t attack much on their own.
Blockers usually don’t attack with a lot of power.
Lots of brick walls stand in place blocking.
They rely on their opponents to attack them.
JAN OVE WALDNER
For many the best of all time, Waldner excelled at placement and touch shots. His feeling was impeccable, and his blocks were sublime.
A crowd favourite, Koki is known for his no-sweat approach to the game. He moves his opponents around effortlessly.
Luka has perfected his antispin technique and he uses his devastating blocks to set up attacks, pivoting with his forehand or twiddling his racket.
The worst nightmare of any offensive player. She’ll block or hit with her long pimples and capitalize on opportunities with her forehand loop.
A lightweight, high-quality racket with the perfect balance speed-control.
A heavy, solid racket that has a stiff 7-ply blade for increased stability.
Top Training Exercises
Block anywhere on the table
This exercise works the Brick Wall’s reflexes and footwork
For this exercise, the Brick Wall will block everything to their partner’s forehand. Their partner will loop anywhere on the table and the Brick Wall has to block every shot to their partner’s forehand while moving properly and taking the ball over the bounce.
Push long, then block
For this exercise, the Brick Wall’s partner will serve backspin and the brick wall will push long.
The Brick Wall must know how to deal with different types of open-ups and how to bother their opponents with their blocks.
The Brick Wall can take the speed out of the ball by blocking it short, they can chop block, block actively or block to an awkward place on the table. After that, play the point out normally.
Stiga Allround Classic
The most sold blade of all time because of its unparalleled feel for the ball.
Butterfly Timo Boll ALC
A classic blade with a huge sweet spot, the best choice for fast blocks.
Yasaka Sweden Extra
A flexible Swedish blade with great feel and control, ideal for better placement.
Yasaka Rakza 7
Offensive that’s quite insensitive to incoming spin, great for blocking.
Tibhar Evolution MX-P
One of the fastest rubbers, well placed blocks are almost unreturnable.
Tibhar Grass D.tecS
Long pips with great deceptive capabilities when blocking close to the table.
Dr. Neubauer ABS
Frictionless antispin rubber that’ll return the ball with enormous amounts of spin.
Work on your placement
It’s essential for a blocker to know where to place the ball. The 3 main areas you want to place the ball are the wide forehand, the wide backhand, and the elbow. Hitting these spots consistently will make you a very dangerous player.
Analyze your opponent
In tournaments, you will play against a different player every match. Some are good with their forehands, others are good with their backhands, and others hate it when you place it near their elbow. Try thinking about what placement your opponent struggles with the most.
Variate your blocks
If you’re going to use blocking as your main source of points, then you need to variate your blocks. You can’t block the ball the same way all the time because your opponent will adapt quickly. Use a mix of active blocks, passive blocks, chop blocks, and short counters while variating your placement and your blocking game will be a nightmare to deal with.