Backhand Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Let’s take a look at the backhand flick. This
is a stroke that you can use when your opponent serves short or pushes the ball short to your
backhand side. The start position for your backhand flick
is to make sure that you’ve got your bat back. You can see there, when I have my bat back
that my wrist and forearm are not in a straight line. So that is a straight line, for my start
position I’m going to turn my wrist back and now I’ve got my bat in a good ready position
to play the backhand flick. The stroke just comes forward and up and over.
It’s very much like a very small counterhit stroke. So that’s your counterhit. This is
your flick. Wait for the ball to come up to the peak of
it’s bounce. If you hit the ball too early the ball is going to be low so that is going
to decrease your chances of getting the ball on the table. Wait for the ball to come up
to the peak of the bounce and from here you have much greater accuracy. The other important
part of the flick is to make sure you’re having a nice flat contact. That flatter contact
is going to increase the speed of your flick. Your footwork for the backhand flick is to
move your right foot under the table before you play the stroke. So this is my starting
position, I move my right foot in and then make my flick and come back out again. So
here, flick, and out, flick, and out. The only time you move your left foot in if
you’re a right hander, is if the ball is wider out on your backhand side. so then you can
move your left foot close and play the stroke. So how do we determine whether we play with
the right foot in or the left foot in? The key factor is the corner of the table. If
you’re moving on this side of the corner then you’re using your right foot. If you’re moving
around that side of the corner then you can use your left foot. If your opponent puts some topspin or no spin,
or even sidespin on the serve then your bat angle can be quite flat or even turned slightly
forward if there is some topspin on the ball. But if he has some backspin on the ball then
you want to open up the angle of your racket to allow for that backspin. So opening up
the angle of your racket at the start and then coming forward and over. Now I’m going to do some no spin pushes and
you can see the angle of Jeff’s racket. And now I’m going to put heavy backspin and
watch the change in the angle of his racket. No spin again. And heavy backspin. No spin.
Backspin. No spin. Backspin. So I’m going to start with some topspin serves
to Jeff’s backhand. You can see that he’s coming over the top of the ball. Now I’m going to serve no spin and you’ll
see there won’t be much change in the angle of his racket. Now let’s have a look at sidespin. Again not
much change in whether he’s closed the bat over or not, it’s still quite flat but he
is allowing for the sidespin by using his bat like a rudder. Now let’s have a look at the backspin serve.
You can see that Jeff really needs to open up the angle of his racket at the start. The flick can be really effective against
a topspin, sidespin, or no spin serve because off those types of serves you can come forward
and hit the ball quite hard. The problem comes when they serve backspin. With backspin you
need to come up and lift the ball over the net so that means you’re going to have a slower
flick. That means that your opponent has the opportunity to make an attacking stroke. So
when would you use the flick against backspin? If you like the opponent to either block or
topspin to you rather than pushing to you. If you like them blocking or topspinning then
by just doing a gentle roll or flick that’s the response they’re going to give you and
then your into a game style that you like. Personally I like to push the backspin serve
back short because I like my opponent to push the ball back and then make the first topspin
attack.

100 thoughts on “Backhand Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills

  1. Don't know why, but this is my best/most reliable offensive shot. Just feels very natural and I don't have to think about it (when I get the opportunity to use it).

  2. This stroke came to me naturaly but I use it when the ball is at the end of the table is it wrong because you said to use this on short balls

  3. I dont comment on your videos much but I just wanted to say thank you because I have been playing two years watching your videos for tips now I am ranked 2nd in my county going with the county team to the county games

  4. Hey guys, this is not how you do a proper backhand flick. LOL sorry @pingskills but you need to have better techniques, because if you do it like this when someone gives you an actual serve, it's going straight to the net! 🙂

  5. Problem I have right now is switching between forehand and backhand within a second. It requires too much motion and precision to switch and be able to return the ball.

  6. how do u return a ball when the person places the ball in your far forehand side and then suddenly hits the next to your back (placement).
    -arvindh from bahrain

  7. The room we play in during my father in law's weekly pong matches is actually pretty small so you really can't get that far behind the table, and this move has been my bread and butter.

  8. please make a video on how to do backhand fishing please please I want to learn the shot I give mostly point on that

  9. My back hand ficks are always going off the table even though I bend my knees… May be you need to advice me how to make an angle with bat and what point on the bat the ball should touch ?

  10. One of my favorite serve since it offers lot of variation in terms of side spin, top an under spin. But not effective against 2000 plus players

  11. All that right foot in, left foot in business had me doing the hokey cokey while I should have been concentrating on the tips.

  12. Danke für dieses tolle Video. Gibt es eine Möglichkeit einen deutschen Untertitel einzublenden? Das meiste verstehe ich auch so , weil Sie sehr gut erklären. Trotzdem würde ich mich über eine deutsche Übersetzung freuen.
    Mach weiter so

  13. Thanks for watching! Checkout all of our intermediate strokes tutorials on one page at: https://www.pingskills.com/tutorials/intermediate-strokes

    Cheers,
    Jeff & Alois

  14. I'm 50/50 with this. Half the time the ball just digs into the net. Do I need to strike it harder to get it over the net or am I getting to the ball to late. ?

  15. Hello, Alois, thanks again for all of your amazing lessons! I have hard time mastering my backhand. It is MUCH weaker than my forehand. I totally do not feel comfortable with it and the whole backhand move still feels very unnatural to me. How should I practice to improve the backhand? Where should I start? Are there some excersizes that I can do alone? Is there some way to practice it during a friendly match without engaging the opponent in passing specific balls?

  16. I see pro player like fan zhendong usually use banana flick and never flick. Should i use banana flick instead of a normal flick?

  17. could you show these flicks and other tecniques for penholdersʔ
    some times it is difficult to ɡet the idea for penholders in some thinɡs

  18. I'm a beginner, and your videos are of great help. I had one question, though. In your serving rules video, you had demonstrated that you have to lift the ball vertically straight or else it's illegal, but here while serving, you're lifting the ball and pulling it towards your body. Isn't that an illegal serve?

  19. i admit its not easy to learn tt at first but because of pingskill tutorial info vid,now i call my self amature but in the sense of higher level…thank you soo much..

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