Advanced backhand into my game

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Adam Lee

Adam Lee Asked 4 years ago

hi my beloved coaches,

it's been a while since my last question and i have improved a lot ever since i found this website.

i have noticed that i'm a more passive attacker. i only attack with forehand topspins and drives with my backhand. Also, i will push back most backspin balls that falls short on my backhand side.I'm starting to think that i'm getting quite vulnerable against attacks. Especially now that the younger generations are catching up with me. I have developed a very powerful forehand topspin which now everybody is afraid of. But i'm now trying to develop a powerful backhand topspin as well as the modern banana flick receive. I'm already starting this development and i'm not sure whether to continue on. What do you think?

Also the china open is going on now. Who do you want to win the tournament? I'm ruling for Ma Long.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Adam,

I think it is a good idea to pursue the backhand topspin.  It is a good way of advancing your game.  as you are finding you can get tied up on the backhand side if you can't play a topspin.

Work at this area of your game and see if you can make it happen.

As for the China Open I would like to see Ma Long win to get him back up the World Rankings where he belongs.


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Adam Lee

Adam Lee Posted 4 years ago

Thanks alois, I will work on it and tell you how it goes


Adam Lee

Adam Lee Posted 4 years ago

Hi alois, I've worked on my backhand topspin but I find it difficult against fast balls. I can do it off backspin and slow medium high balls, but I just can't get the topspin in when the ball is coming very fast.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Adam,

Glad the backhand is improving.  Against the fast ball shorten the stroke as you don't need to generate a lot of speed and you have less time to work with.  Think about also getting over the top of the ball to keep the speed and spin down.  

Make sure you are watching the ball carefully.  This will also give you more time.

It will come with the more time you spend hitting against faster balls.



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