Forehand counterhit bat's face direction

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 5 years ago

Nikolay M

Nikolay M Asked 5 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff!

In the forehand counterhit tutorial video Alois stresses how important it is that the bat's whole face should be facing towards where the player wants the ball to go.

I just wanted to make sure I get one thing right. To make the bat's whole face look toward the point the ball should go to, the player should extend their wrist a little. So the wrist and the forehand are at an angle to each other (but not as in the wrist adduction/abduction angle). Is my understanding correct?

Thank you!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Nikolay,

You can get the bat direction to face the correct way with a rotation of the body as well.

Get the wrist to move backwards, or wrist extension to get the bat to face directly towards where you want the ball to go.

Even with the rotation of the body, sometimes the wrist movement will help.  The wrist extension is particularly important for the shorter forehand push but can also be used for the counterhit.


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Nikolay M

Nikolay M Posted 5 years ago

Thank you for the response, Alois.

Even with the rotation of the body, sometimes the wrist movement will help

Would it be correct to say in the fh counterhit video Jeff uses a combination of body rotation and backwards movement of the wrist to point his bat toward the goal? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Yes that is right.  He uses a lot of rotation.


Nikolay M

Nikolay M Posted 5 years ago

 Thank you very much!



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