Ma Long “Fake” Forehand Flick Tutorial

Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today, we will learn how to
fake direction in the forehand flick shot. It’s a very difficult technique in table tennis. Forehand flick is much more difficult than
the backhand flick. Because you need
to open your racket in the forehand flick, and can not use a lot of wrist like in backhand
flick. However, Chinese coach always studies the
best techniques for their players. This is the normal training session of Ma
Long. His personal coach asked him to attack
the long ball with forehand topspin, and forehand flick the short ball. To increase the effetiveness of the forehand
flick, his coach asked him to make the “fake” direction. First, Ma Long flicked to the left corner,
and then flick to the left corner with the same motion. This is so tricky! And the opponent can’t guess shot’s direction. What is the keypoints to perform a good forehand
flick? Remember: Forehand flick
is not like backhand flick. You can’t use your wrist because you need
to open your racket. So you need to put your racket behind your
body and lower to the table. And then use your elbow, and your body to
hit, to lift the ball forward. You can see
that Ma Long lifted his elbow, and lean forward. His right foot jumps back, and his
left foot jumps forward. Don’t close your racket in the forehand flick. You need to open your racket, and lift the
ball. So don’t hit on top of the ball, but hit around
4 o’clock on the ball. The best moment to hit the ball is at the
position 3.5 to 4 (when the ball starts falling down from it’s highest position). If you hit too soon, it’s difficult to add
topspin to your flick. If you hit too late, the ball is too low,
and you can flick to the net. You can clearly see here, Ma Long opens his
racket vertically (perpendicular to the table 90 degree). So don’t close your racket. Because you can’t close your racket in the
forehand flick, forehand flick is less security than the backhand flick. If you forehand flick too strong, but less
spin the ball can easily go out of the table. That’s why forehand flick is more difficult. Now, let’s see how Ma Long does a “fake direction”
forehand flick. He starts with the
same gesture: pull the racket back, watch the ball and open the racket before hitting. but at the last moment, he snaps his elbow
to flick to the right side. This action occurs
very fast. The ball goes long at the wide corner, so
it’s rather tricky. Now, let’s compare side-by-side, the 2 forehand
flicks: One to the left corner, and one to the right corner. You can see that, the main difference here
is the lower part of the body. The footwork. Ma Long does it very well, because in both
directions, he opens his racket similar. By looking only at his racket, you can’t guess
where the ball goes. You can see that, this technique is difficult. So you need to train, and have a good
acceleration to flick the ball. Open your racket, fold your elbow, and also
use the footwork to help this shot. At the last moment, change the direction of
the shot by snapping less or more your elbow. My tips: Hold your racket loosely, and also
try to use your wrist to accelerate into the ball. That’s it, see you! EmRatThich.

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