Forehand or backhand

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 10 years ago

jack neo

jack neo Asked 10 years ago

Hey coaches,

I was playing recently and i found that when i serve a backspin ball, the opponent would cut to my backhand. As my backhand is not really well developed yet, i would sometimes just cut the ball or move around to do a forehand topspin which some times an error would occur. Should i train my backhand or adopt faster footwork to move around for a forehand?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Jack,

The first thing to do is to improve the backhand topspin.  This is important because you will not always be able to move around fast enough to topspin this ball with your forehand.

You can also work on your footwork but it is important that you have a reliable backhand topspin.  It doesn't need to be very fast or strong, but it needs to be reliable and on the table. 

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jack neo

jack neo Posted 10 years ago

Hey coaches, i've seen players like Ma Long use a lot of wrist in their backhand. Is it neccesary? Or just a quick movement of the wrist?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Jack,

At the higher level you can use your wrist more than the rest of your arm to generate more topspin and have a more efficient movement that will allow you to recover faster. The wrist movement will also allow you to generate more spin because of the speed of the movement as long as you are getting a good contact on the ball.

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