Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Abhinav’s asked us a question about Kenta
Matsudaira’s backhand sidespin block. It’s quite an amazing shot when you see it
live and in full speed. What Kenta’s doing is he’s varying the type of block he’s doing
to his opponent. So most of the time he’s blocking normally with the ball going back
with some topspin so he’s just blocking straight on but sometimes as a change up he’s coming
across the ball with the contact or even underneath the ball with the contact so basically this
is the angle of the bat and he’s coming underneath the ball here so he’s putting backspin and
sidespin on the ball. Amazing really isn’t it? Now this block is really unusual, not many
players in the World do it during games and the top players in the World seem to struggle
against it, is it really effective? It can be really effective. We’ve seen Kenta
play it against some of the top Chinese players like Ma Long and have success so he’s actually
making them make an error because of the variation of the block. OK. Now is this something we should be rushing
out to learn or is it better to learn the block first? It’s definitely more important to learn the
basic block first. If you haven’t got a basic block then this is not effective because if
you do this all the time the other person’s going to have basically just a slow sidespin
ball that they’re going to be able to attack so where it is effective is if you’ve got
a really good strong straight block and then sometimes you can change it up like Kenta
does. OK. Very good. Now one of the things I find
incredible is how he can get the angle back and get backspin even when there’s heaps of
topspin on it. How does he do it? It’s amazing. It takes a lot of touch and
that’s why it’s not a shot that you know day 1 you should go out and start to practice
this shot. It takes a lot of touch. The ball’s coming really fast with a lot of topspin and
he’s able to get enough touch just to be able to slide underneath the ball and get that
ball back. It’s almost like doing a chop from close to the table off a really fast Ma Long
topspin. Alright. That sounds interesting. I’m going
to have a little go at the varying blocks. I might try and do a standard one,
a sidespin one, and then a backspin one. See how I go. I reckon it’s going to be pretty
hard. OK. Let’s see how you go Jeff.

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Dennis Veasley

61 thoughts on “Kenta Matsudaira’s Sidespin Block | Table Tennis | PingSkills”

  1. this is what i do most of the time….din know it was kenta matsudaira's….i thot this was my signature move n  found it…bt kenta too is doin it….am grateful

  2. Thanks, tricky stuff. I guess only a few talented players are capable doing it to great effect. Actually what really amazes me are the blocking skills of Kenta. How does he reduce the speed and spin of the incoming shots??

  3. When i started praticing kenta's reverse tomhawk serve it always goes out of the at the left side as i am a left hand player. What tips you want me to give to improve this serve and get it on the table?? Angle of the bat and when to hit the table

  4. Hey guys, its victor again, could u do a vid on the forehand hook loop(sidespin forehand)? plz
    ps: you guys are great!!

  5. A shot slow but effective, surprising the opponent. The opponent is accustomed to receiving the ball in the same area, and then suddenly is caught off guard with a shot completely unexpected. A good shot, for an opponent who does not give in.

  6. Dear PingSkills :),

    I would like to say, thank you, to you, for taking the time and effort to both upload and share this video with the youtube family :).

    I would like to wish you a healthy, safe, generous, wise and lovely day, PingSkills :).

    Kind Regards

    Ray :). From Australia, Sydney 🙂

  7. i love all the breakdowns you guys do, this is an awesome video! im more of a backhand lefty myself, and the first time i saw kenta matsudaira do that sidespin block, i was amazed. i searched and you guys seem to be on the tutorial or breakdown. once again thank you guys for showing us viewers these practical skills

  8. I have seen in several videos that the ball half red and half white or half green and half white…does that increase your spin..??

  9. 50% of Jeff's shots are really high and the opponent would be able to smash that! Top players who can still give a low ball even when there is tons of topspin really are amazing aren't they?

  10. Sir, If an opponent smashes the ball and if we want to return that ball with the same pace but by not playing as a defender but an attacker then how to do it..???

  11. When I first watched this video I couldn't even understand the block, but now that I've developed as a player I can see how beautiful of a shot that block is

  12. Another interesting shot is the sideswipe thing Chen Weixing does with the pips on his backhand from time to time (most often on return of service).

  13. Haha Jeff is so smiling as he does it, as if it's something completely new he just discovered. Sweet seeing that childlike happiness!

  14. so that's what John Travolta does on saturday nights after dance practice he practices Kentas unique blocking style. Maybe he should add a dance move to the block and block that shit like a boss!!!

  15. coach can you make a more precise and specific tutorial for kenta's back hand technique? i really wanted to learn this move

  16. If i can copycat Jeff's ability …i will progress rapidly …i guess his hand is computerised ! Bravo.

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