Flick / Flip in detail

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 9 years ago

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Asked 9 years ago

Hi PingSkills, I want to ask more about flick or flip in detail

first is for the forehand flick
as many people said that flick is to use your wrist to attack but in the forehand flick video it seems that jeff move his arm to flick rather than his wrist
or the wrist movement is only for them that want to put topspin on it ? but can i use both of my arm and wrist together to flick the ball with my forehand ?

for the backhand flick,
when i watch the backhand flick video, it seems that jeff use his wrist rather than the arm
can you tell me why he not use both of his arm and wrist so he will generate more speed on it?

for the backhand sidespin flick,
when the ball have backspin on it, you tell to have more vertical movement to lift the ball but it means that it will put topspin on it right ? but does the stroke is to just hit the ball flat ? or can i hit the ball flat with that vertical stroke ? if yes, how ?

anyway, you said that flick is for short serve and short return right ? can i do it in the rally when the ball is possible to flick ?

the last is, can i really flick the ball that have a really very heavy backspin on it ?
as some professional can flick it even the ball have a lot of backspin on it ! (maybe by putting a lot of topspin and don't have flat contact)
if i can do it, how ?

please for the answer of all my questions as i really want to practice my flick and mastered it.
thank you very much :D


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Frendy,

You need to adjust your flick depending on the type of ball you are playing against.  Take a look at the lesson again.  If there is more backspin then brush the ball more if the ball has topspin or no spin then you can hit it flatter.  This applies to all flick strokes.


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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

oh ok

about the returning a backspin ball, is it better to make softer stroke rather than flick it hard ?
as when try to hit it hard the ball will go down to the net but if i hit it soft the ball is easy to recover...



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