Backhand return

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 5 years ago

pradeep chowdhary

pradeep chowdhary Asked 5 years ago

While practicing stroke I find myself quite comfortable executing my backhand. But during game when my opponent blocks , or drive on my backhand I find my backhand return stuck to the net most often.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Pradeep,

Often when it gets to a game situation the main difference is that you don’t know where the ball is coming.

In training, start to do some more random drills where you don’t know where the ball is coming part of the time.

Take a look at our Training Drills free download and look for the Random Drills that you can practice.


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martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 5 years ago

I think to watch the opponent  ( a glance ) allows to know better where the ball arrive


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 5 years ago

if you bent a lot you see better and earlier


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Martinand,

I don't think it's a great idea to glance at your opponent. If you do this it's hard to look back and track the ball. If you focus solely on the ball then you'll react quicker and with your peripheral vision you'll still pick up all the information you need about your opponent.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 5 years ago

yes peripheral vision i agree you use your peripheral vision juste before the oppnent hit the ball after i think you see only the ball right?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Yeah that's right. In fact don't even concentrate on your peripheral vision. You'll pick this up naturally. The only thing you should worry about is watching the ball as closely as you can the whole time.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 5 years ago

ok thanks, but it's a little difficult to see what the opponent is going to do only with the peripheral vision.....for me


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

That's OK and the most important thing is to keep watching the ball the whole time.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 5 years ago

thanks



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