Forehand Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to talk to you about the forehand flick. To make a good flick the first important thing
is to make sure that you get your body close to the ball. So if I’m left handed I’m going
to get my left leg right under the table so that I can get my bat close to the net. If
you’re right handed, you do that with your right foot. So get your right foot under the
table so that you can get close to the ball to make the flick. At the start of your stroke make sure that
you’ve got your bat nice and far back so really open out your wrist so that will allow you
to come forward on the ball. So here, open the wrist out that way at the start of the
flick. The next thing we need to consider is making
sure that we’re hitting the ball at the peak of the bounce. The peak of the bounce means
that the ball is going to bounce here, it’s going to rise up and then fall again. We need
to be hitting the ball when it’s at it’s highest. So when it’s at it’s highest we’re then able
to have a nice flat contact on the ball to generate a bit more speed. If you contact
the ball when it’s very low here, or very low here then you’re going to need to lift
the ball up and over the net. So lets really concentrate on getting that ball at the peak
of the bounce. From there we’re going to have a nice flat contact so that it’s almost like
a mini smash. At the start of your swing make sure that
your bat is coming forward so that will give you the nice flat contact so not too much
of a lifting action but really press forward on the ball on contact so it’s forward and
then you follow through. So really get that forward action first to make the flick. The next thing you need to consider is what
type of spin is on the ball that’s coming to you. If there’s really heavy backspin you’re
going to need to tilt your bat angle backwards to counter that backspin so really open up
the angle of your racket when you push forward with the flick. On the other hand if there’s
a lot of topspin on the ball then you can close your racket over to come over the ball.
So alter the angle of your racket depending on the amount of backspin or topspin that’s
on the ball. You also need to consider then if there’s any sidespin on the ball. So if
the ball wants to go out that way you need to turn your wrist back further to counter
that sidespin or if the ball wants to go out the other way you need to cover the ball more
around here to counter the sidespin on the ball. So think about adjusting the racket
angle so that you’re countering the type of spin that’s on the ball coming to you. Let’s explore now when you’re going to use
the flick. Predominantly you’re going to use the flick only when the ball is short. So
short means that the ball is going to bounce at least twice on your side of the table if
you let it go. If the ball is long so it’s only going to bounce once then the stroke
that you’re going to choose is the forehand topspin. So basically you’re going to be doing
the flick only when the ball is short to you. We usually use it if someone has done a short
serve to us or if they’ve given us a short push. Let’s have a look at Jeff doing some flicks
off a short push. So now I’ll feed the ball with less backspin
and you’ll see that Jeff’s angle is a bit more over the ball. Now when I add more backspin, Jeff’s going
to open up the angle of his racket to counter that backspin. So I’ll give him a short topspin serve now.
You can see with the flick you can come straight over the top of that ball. Again. Now we’ll give him just a sidespin serve.
So you can see that Jeff is adjusting the angle of his racket to counter the type of
spin that I’m giving him. So now topspin again. Now I’m going to give him a backspin serve
and let’s see how he copes with that. So he’s opened his angle up to counter that
backspin. Let’s try it again. Now I’m going to give him more backspin. You can see he really opened up the angle
of the bat. He was still able to flick the ball though. So now Jeff is going to serve short, I’m going
to push the ball back short and let’s see if Jeff can still utilise his flick. That one was a bit high 🙂

98 thoughts on “Forehand Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills

  1. Very nice and clear video Alois and Jeff (I like the detail with which you guys explain the strokes)! I learned a lot from your video's! Keep up the good work ;)!

  2. (Written with Google Translate)

    Hello PingSkills,
    I'm a shakehand but every time I play it often happens that the ball hit the index particularly during the backhand counterhit. I'm right and I like the wide rackets because I do not want that the index is longer than the width of the racket.
    That frame do you recommend ?

  3. Well done and really great video and tips. I am going to try and use in my next game which is actually tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing.

  4. saludes desde Colombia ,me gustan mucho tus videos ,,seria posible traducirlos al español como otros que tu tienes

  5. Do I understand it right that you can only use the flick when the ball is above net level (otherwise it should be the "banana flick")?

  6. That's right @Manfred R. 

    If the ball is lower than the net you can flick the ball but only slowly because you won't be able to get the ball up over the net and still drop on the table if you hit it to fast. If it's low you'd be better off using a short push return, or the banana flick which allows you to get more topspin. But really if you want to flick try to get the ball at the top of the bounce. It will make it much easier.

  7. Hi Ricky,

    There are a number of ways to practice backhands down the line. You can start just by playing backhand to forehand with your practice partner. As a separate exercise you could play one ball to your partner's backhand and one to their forehand. Have them only play to your backhand.

  8. I wasn't holding my wrist back or getting close enough to the ball. Can't wait to try that shot again now. Thanks for sharing a great video.

  9. The last couple of backhand serves were difficult to notice. I guess you have to look at the paddle and see the angle the server is hitting from.Thanks for the videos. These are great and fun to watch.

  10. I really like that you explain in every video how to do the different mechanics step by step.The videos are very helpful and easy to understand! Thanks for all the tricks, with your videos I already won matches I wouldn't without your help!

  11. Hi +PingSkills
    can you let me know how to play/ return this serve in this situation.
    1. a back spin serve , that lands very near to the table.
    i always fail to lift such serve and my bat hits the table or ball flies away when i open the bat to lift it.

    A video on this would be soo helpful

  12. How do you deal with extremely short and low balls that are practically rolling over the net. I find that it's difficult to reach them and I have to push them back very short just to get them over the net, which puts me off balance because the ball just keeps coming back really short. I've tried stepping forward but my thigh ends up bumping the table, limiting my reach.

  13. I would really like to you see you two play against each other!

    (Thanks for all the tips btw… very informative and useful!)

  14. Thank you for the superb video!
    I still have a question: How about balls that are very short? Meaning they contact the table rigth near to the net, where its almost impossible to get a good contact due to the distance. So I almost need to jump against the table to reach it. If i rember correctly i see alot of player doing almost a jumping motion when flicking. Or do you reccomend to just let it pop off your rubber and give it back very short aswell?

  15. is the 729 hinoki carbon with a dhs pf4 in the backhand and a donic desto f3 in the forehand good

  16. I'm curious about the footwork here. Generally one moves their right foot forward when going in for a forehand push or flick, like you demonstrated. But when Jeff goes for the big hit at the end, he jumps forward on his left foot. I've seen many other pros do this. Does kicking off onto the left foot give more power? Or perhaps more reach?

  17. Hey!
    I have a question how to add more power to your Forehand flick. I have no problem with the ball going to table and not hitting the net, but the flick is not so hard and after that ball the oponent attacks my flick with forehand. How cloud i get more power on the Forehand flick?

  18. hi, I have a problem with my hand actully with my wrist. When I do any forhand strokes my wrist shivers. I have this problem for 5 months. 3 months before I just couldn't do forhand drive and I didn't have any other problems with other strokes.I have been playing table tennis for 3 years. I also used wristband but didn't help. I visited a doctor and he told me to eat more suger. it also didn't help. really don't know what to do plz help

  19. Ping skill how to play a four hand spinning serve I have been playing tt for 1 year and services is the only thing to hard for me it is hard plz reply

  20. This is my favorite video currently, coz Ive been struggling with understanding how to read spin. Beautiful. Can't wait to go practice. Side note: I'm new to table tennis n I bought a racket called donic, it has an adjustable metal weight in the handle 😉 (signed by a pro player n in his name) all fancy. I'm going to use it for a couple more months coz u advised me not to change rackets. But I reckon the stiga allround Classic with butterfly mark V rubber is what I should buy next, correct? As a starters awesome racket. I'm in India. Thank you for these awesome videos. Johny

  21. Alois, it is ok to bend the wrist back (like holding a "big" tennis racket) on this shot?Normally it is a big no no.

  22. You two are doing the best videos, with the best explanaition on Youtube. So please keep on, I love to see more from you.

  23. very good explanations..
    these tips are helping a lot when I play with friends, especially back hand flip stroke.
    nice videos guys.. keep it up

  24. Thanks for watching. To learn more strokes like this take a look at our website: https://www.pingskills.com/tutorials/intermediate-strokes

    Cheers,
    Jeff & Alois

  25. I love this move. I tried this today, against a slow, shallow topspin serve and had great results. It takes a lot of practice and I definitely made some errors. Hopefully, I can try the flick tomorrow on a friend that uses shallow backspin serves. I hate those serves. Very frustrating for me. Thanks a lot guys!

  26. Very good instructional video's. 62 yrs old and wishing I would have had instruction like this 50 year ago. These are good for getting the young people up to speed. Then we have someone to play with..

  27. Hello hello alois or Jeff plump my friend recommended me to hold your arm straight with the racket as well and to lift my wrist up vertically so I can do the forehand flick and I was struggling with so many balls and so when I watch this video I have much better wrist flexibility of my forehead flick and now I can do deadly for him flicks and it does fantastic topspin as well when I open or close the racket ! 🙂

  28. My racket has a really lot of speed so how can i play for not play ball higher or can keep ball on the tabke while topspin

  29. Sir it's difficult learning skills on line, do you give training and what's the process? I really wants to improve my tt

  30. Hello, Alois, thanks for the great videos! I am a right-hander but I feel it naturally to step forward with my left leg first. Is this bad for my balance? Should I pay attention and learn to step with my right foot first?

  31. Which foot i have to put front to play because my local club is giving practise in left leg to right handed pro players…..

  32. Thank I think this is the hardest shot for me to learn can do it in practice but not so easy in match’s.

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