wrist position for counterhit and topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 10 years ago

Carlos Juan

Carlos Juan Asked 10 years ago

Hi Mr. Rosario

What is the correct wrist position for forehand topspin and for counterhit? I get used to drop the wrist and now when I try to topspin or counterhit with my wrist up I can´t strike the ball with goods sensations, and as result of this I fault my hit.

I have a good backhand ( for my modest level) , but my forehand, when I try to counterhit or strike flat the ball, is not good. I know that practice is the most important thing to improve, but I don´t know what should I do: Do I hit the ball as you show in your videos? Should I continue with my wrist drop? 

Thank you very much 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Carlos,

I think you should work at keeping your wrist straight.  This will help later as well with your strokes.

Having your wrist bent is an unnatural position that will lead to stress in your wrist that you don't need. 

Straighten it up and hit as many balls as you can.  Eventually, as you said, the practice will work.


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Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann Posted 10 years ago

I  dont understand then how u flick ur wrist on the forehand if you have to keep it straight

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

You let it come through naturally with the stroke after you get the basic stroke consistent.  It is not a matter of forcing it through but keeping it relaxed and allowing the momentum of your arm to bring the wrist through.

Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann Posted 10 years ago

So basically don't think about it???

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Perhaps think about the amount of tension in your wrist.


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