Backhand Topspin or Backhand Sidespin Flick?

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Last updated 9 years ago

Archel Taneka Sutanto

Archel Taneka Sutanto Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

If the ball bounces on the middle of the table, which options are the best, Backhand topspin or backhand sidespin flick? On the tournament before, I was doubt to choose the backhand topspin and sidespin flick.

Thanks a lot!
Regards, Archel


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Archel,

If the ball is long then you should use the topspin.  If the ball is short then you can think about the sidespin flick.  You should also think about the flick.  This should be the standard shot that you play to start with and only progress to the sidespin when you are confident in the stroke.

If the ball is closer to the middle then you can try the sidespin.  Remember though that this is a difficult stroke to master.


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Archel Taneka Sutanto

Archel Taneka Sutanto Posted 9 years ago

So the normal flick is recommended than the sidespin flick?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Yes to start with use the normal flick.  Then you can try the sidespin flick.



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