During the last 18 years, I have practiced at many table tennis training centers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. In recent years, I have recognized four modern changes at the elite level.
Blocking with More Variation
In the past, one player would consistently block in a set pattern and the attacking player would attempt to loop 10-20 balls in a rally. Now, the blockers have added more variation – sometimes harder, sometimes softer, sometimes flat, sometimes with a little topspin.