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Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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D K

D K Asked 3 weeks ago

Greetings Pingskills Team,

I was able to increase my training time even to 12h/week,even though the levels drastically vary: ranging from players who can hardly hold the bat correctly to retired professional.

I was able to stabilize my level and even take a set off the retired pro.  I have learned sort of backhand flip and I have managed to perform a few really high quality flips.  I also highly increased quality of my other strokes.  Currently, I am working on my service set completing my spin array and I started to learn Ding Ning's reverse tomahawk that is last serve missing in my arsenal.  Otherwise I have all other service types.  Yes, they are maybe long and I cannot use all types of spin with each service type but at least it is low and on the table.  Though there are a few last strokes missing in my arsenal and those are forehand flick and backhand loop.

I would like to ask: how to perform forehand flick or a similar stroke with massive amount of spin?

And regarding the backhand loop: I do not have a fast hand and I am a defender. Thus I wonder if it is enough for me to have just a one-hit ripping loop and how to perform it.

I plan to use this stroke majorly as a counter-attack to weaker smashes as a third-ball (majorly to righthanded opponent's wide backhand out over the sideline) or as a response to bad dropshots.  Measured by brute power this is my strongest and most spinny stroke because the arm extension is my fastest movement but it heavily lacks consistency because I am afraid of ramming into the table which could completely rip off my wrist in case of collision.

Dan


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 weeks ago

Hi Dan,

Great to hear the improvements you are making.  Well done.

For the forehand flick the main thing is that you need to get the wrist back before coming forward.  This allows you to make more speed and also spin with the stroke.

With the backhand topspin, I think it is best to have both speeds of stroke.  You could start by working on the faster ball as this allows for more freedom of the arm and it seems to be a natural feel for you.  Then as you get the feel of the action you can add the subtlety of the slower ball.

Start with the longer ball as well so that you build confidence in swinging fast near the table.


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D K

D K Posted 3 weeks ago

Thank you Alois.

I rather wonder what is the correct movement for maximum spin,since I havent found a way how to brush the ball from that position.

I know,but as a defender I have to focus majorly on defense. And I lack powerful attack on backhand side.

Yea,my backhand loop is actually most consistent against weaker smashes.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi Dan,

You can brush the ball are upwardly to avoid hitting the table.


D K

D K Posted 3 weeks ago

But then,the ball goes far behind the table or is very weak :(


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

You can use a lot of topspin.  That makes for an effective stroke, even if it isn't fast.  If you swing above the table you can also get the ball faster.


D K

D K Posted 3 weeks ago

I will do my best.
Though,I have found a way how can I play backhand sidespin at mid-range.
Once,I was even able to get a curve so sharp that I have never created anything like that on forehand



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