Position of the wrist

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 11 years ago

Sasha Savic

Sasha Savic Asked 11 years ago

Hi, coaches 

I have a question regarding to position of the hand wrist. You see, I have seen a lot of videos that explain different types of shots, even yours, but I am not very clear about hand wrist. When you do forehand shots, whether it's counter hit or topspin against backspin, what is correct position of the wrist? Should it be twisted, backward or forward, or straight with forearm?

Thank you in advance

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Sasha,

In general keep the wrist straight.  As you progress you can start to use your wrist a little more.  In this case just think about relaxing your wrist and letting it come through your stroke.

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Sasha Savic

Sasha Savic Posted 11 years ago

Yes, but how far can it go? Because, if I want to keep my blade in one plane, then I can't move my wrist too much. If I relax it too much, it may be out of control, and my shot would look like a whip, if you know what I mean. For instance, I saw your previous videos where Jeff demonstrated backhand topspin and he was twisting his wrist to generate more power and spin. So, can I do something similar for forehand shot, because, in Jeff's demonstrations I didn't see that he was using his wrist too much. Perhaps you can clarify that for me. Thank you very much

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

On the forehand you don't use as much wrist as with the backhand just because of the workings of the wrist.  If you slow the contact down you will see there is a little wrist movement on contact but not as much as with the backhand.  But don't try to use your wrist, just relax it and let it come through naturally.

Sasha Savic

Sasha Savic Posted 11 years ago

I get it. Thank you, you are brilliant.

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