Short pips on backhand issue

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Jason Pompon

Jason Pompon Asked 9 years ago

Hi Pingskills.

im jason and i play table tennis because i thinks it's the best sport ever! just love it :)

i use short pips on my backhand and inverted for forehand. Im a very attacking player but i found since i change my backhand to short pips im not getting the same results. i.e often if my opponent smashes on my backhand and if i have to move back to take it i tend to miss the next one as im too far from the table. 

Can you guys make any recommendation about how to tackle this problem

Thanks in advance. 

PS i stumbled upon your videos on youtube and i can say that you guys are making a great job, probably one of the best tutorial i've seen out there. and because of that i'm thinking to upgrade to a premium soon.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Jason,

Using short pips means you have to force yourself to play close to the table on the backhand side.  The become almost useless once you go too far from the table.  If you do get forced back probably the best response is to chop the ball.

All of your practice drills should be done close to the table on the backhand.  you can turn and take the forehand a little later.  Often it is good to have a more pronounced forehand stance with your left foot forward in your backhand corner and learn to play your backhand with this stance.  This will give you a good position to play both forehand and backhand from the same leg position with you able to contact the ball close to the table on the backhand and further away on the forehand.

Thanks for your kind words about the site. It is good to have you on board.


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