Backhand from the forehand side

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 10 years ago

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis Asked 10 years ago

Hi Pingskills,
Why do a lot of the Asian players choose to move right across the table and play a backhand flick off a short serve from the forehand side? Why not just play a forehand flick?
this link kind of goes against what I said there. This is Ovtcharov playing the shot at 55 seconds. This ball is actually long (i think), so why not hit a forehand? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Simon,

Ovtcharov is a special player with a special backhand.  He uses his backhand a lot from the forehand side.  It is not something that I would recommend to most players and difficult to copy.

I would say to most players to use your forehand topspin in that situation. 


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