Racket Positioning

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 9 years ago

Gabriel Certeza

Gabriel Certeza Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

When you backhand, does your racket move a little to provide more wrist movement or is it supposed to be completely in place and in the same position as when you do a forehand stroke. For example, after I do a backhand topspin and i try to forehand, my racket is positioned differently in my hand and it's really weird. I think my racket's position moves a little as i bend my wrist more when i backhand. I'm unable to bend my wrist comfortably if i keep my racket in the position the same as my forehand, it kind of feels tense if I try to keep it in the same position. I believe when I backhand, my racket gets positioned into where only my thumb and pointer fingers are holding it, so when I forehand it's really off since my whole hand isn't really holding the racket. Am I able to just backhand with my racket changing position in my hand and adjusting it when i get back to my ready position or do I have to somehow train myself to backhand without the racket moving positions in my hand at all? Also, if I backhand and bend my wrist without the racket's position being changed in my hand, my elbow sticks all the way out and I'm unable to do my backhand stroke properly, please help! Thanks!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Gabriel,

It sounds like your racket is moving too much.  Try to keep it in the same position but keep your hand more relaxed.  this will allow some flexibility with the bat.  Having the hand more relaxed will also allow you to use your wrist better and this will allow better strokes on both sides.

You need to make sure your fingers are still holding onto the handle of the racket as well otherwise you will lose control of the racket head and therefore your strokes.

Focus on relaxation in your finger, wrist, forearm and this will lead to more relaxation in the rest of your arm and a better stroke.


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Gabriel Certeza

Gabriel Certeza Posted 9 years ago

Hmm, alright but the thing is, if I keep my racket positioned to the same as my forehand when I backhand, my wrist isn't able to bend all the way for the backhand topspin stroke unless my elbow pops out. If my elbow pops out too much I kind of have a harder time doing the stroke.


Gabriel Certeza

Gabriel Certeza Posted 9 years ago

Also, the more I close my racket, the more my elbow seems to stick out. How do I deal with this?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Gabriel,

Send me a picture or video so that I can see what you mean exactly.



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