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Advanced Backhand Topspin | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we are going to look at the advanced backhand topspin. When we’re looking to advance our backhand
topspin we need to start with the legs. So making sure we are in a good low balanced
leg position to start to utilise the muscles in our legs to generate more speed. When you are close to the table you haven’t
got time to turn your feet so we want to keep our feet nice and square to the table and
again down in that nice low leg position. If you are further away from the table then
you might have a little bit more time to turn your feet slightly but make sure that when
you’re close to the table you stay really square on to the table with your backhand. Most of our power from the backhand comes
from our wrist and forearm. It isn’t really a big body stroke where you’re turning your
body too much. A lot of it is coming just from here. So when we’re doing this advanced
stroke we need to think about relaxing this wrist so that it can come through smoothly
and fast. Let’s look at the start and finish positions
here with our bat. We need to start with our bat further back allowing the wrist to come
back at the start. Our finish position then is right through and this time allowing your
wrist to go all the way through. As a good guide think about your bat handle pointing
to the side wall at the finish of your backhand advanced stroke. The next thing is to think about your hip
rotation. You haven’t got much time to rotate your hips backwards and forwards, you can
use them a little. So just turning slightly and turning them forward. It isn’t much more
than that when you’re close to the table, you’re going to just throw your timing out
and make it harder for yourself. So think about small rotations of the hip but mainly
utilising your wrist backwards and forwards to generate the speed. The further away from the table you get the
more time you’ve got. So your stroke now can become a little bit bigger. You can extend
your starting position back further, so to next to your hip and follow through further
as well. Still utilising that wrist effectively from back to forward. Remember that’s still
where you are going to get most of your power from. But from back from the table your swing
can get bigger, your hip rotation can get a little bit bigger as well so your stroke
can become more from here all the way through. But remember the most important thing is make
sure your wrist is going back and forward through the stroke. The principles of the advanced backhand topspin
are similar against the backspin and the topspin ball. The difference is that off the backspin
ball you do need to start lower and finish higher so the stroke becomes slightly more
vertical. Against the topspin stroke you can come through almost horizontally because you
don’t need to lift the ball at all. The principles are the same though, making sure you’re using
your wrist, using a little bit of hip rotation, and really whipping that wrist and forearm
through off the backspin ball, or off the topspin ball.

David Frank

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99 COMMENTS

  1. M. R. Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Yes, great to see another rare advanced tutorial. Quite helpful, thanks Alois.

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  2. Sha12pyHD Posted on September 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    How do you make a living?

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  3. Anton Kulish Posted on September 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Great tutorial!

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  4. Benjamin Tros Posted on September 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Which song starts at 3:32 ?

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  5. Abhishek Satapathy Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    thnx Alois, it is really a great help for me!!!

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  6. Roman Adar Posted on September 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

    As usual great tips, video and technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Mohamed Duwisan Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I'wish come to your pingbong school sir
    I'm from Kuwait

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  8. Yudhistira Sulaeman Posted on September 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    great tutorial mr, now I am learning about this technique, for making simple of my movement actually, I like forehand very much(I often use forehand for every boll) but to day because of my physic no  good any more, I try to take left boll with this stroke. thank's again

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  9. Murali Krishna Devarakonda Posted on September 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Alois and Jeff, you guys have improved my game exponentially better in the last few days. And I was already considered one of the best players (but far from the best) at Hacker Dojo in Silicon Valley. I'm loving playing with the correct technique and this has dramatically improved my consistency – I used to be known for making a lot of unforced errors and my inability to return a ball 3 times in a row, but now I can match most people in forehand, backhand, chops without making unforced errors.

    And my defensive game is getting better each day (it didn't even exist about a week ago)! Thank you, PingSkills!

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  10. Icey Ice Posted on November 3, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Great video , keep up the good work

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  11. Veljko Milanovic Posted on November 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I make mistake sometimes and then ball fly over the table, can u please answer me if you are able where i make mistake.
    Btw your videos are great i learnt a lot by watching them.

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  12. Viral Stories Posted on November 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Amazing. Thanks. 

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  13. Витвицкий Влад Posted on December 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    thanks! It was a useful information for me =)

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  14. Mr Cedrix Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Got any recommended rackets?

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  15. Hana Baru Posted on January 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Amazing video.

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  16. Cody van Beek Posted on January 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Very good tutorial! It's amazing how fast Jeff can hit those backspin balls! If I try that the balls all fly in the net, so I have to make a long and slow hit to get the balls on the table

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  17. PingSkills Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Cody van Beek. For some reason I can't reply directly to your comment. If the balls are going into the net, try and get some more topspin on the ball as this makes it dip onto the table letting you hit the ball faster.

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  18. blikstar Posted on January 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    set subtitles on.. its hilarious xD

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  19. Geoffrey Cheng Posted on January 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    very good explanations.  especially the bit about how much hip rotation is needed, and how important it is to never forget cocking back the wrist before the stroke.  

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  20. TIM Posted on February 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks a lot…
    Learning so much  here!! 🙂

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  21. Fred Benson Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Great video I learned a lot ive been trying to work on my spin for some time now and I think ive got it now. What is the song in the video?

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  22. ZulQarnain A'rifin Posted on February 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Awesome! Good job guys and i've learned a lot from both of you, thanks Alois and Jeff 😉 Keep up the good work 👍👍

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  23. Bonnie Ip Posted on March 4, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Great video!!!!

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  24. Cholinesterasa Posted on March 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Do I need to use a wrist with forehand topspin?

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  25. Eklavya Goyal Posted on March 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Sir alois Rosario I'm an armerator which racket do you recommend me to use

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  26. Eklavya Goyal Posted on March 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    From were do you buy nittaku products

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  27. Butter Bringer Posted on March 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Is the Palio expert bat any good?

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  28. Abhijeet Dutta Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Ping Skills is my favourite learning site ! Thanks for all your videos. Keep posting ! We love to hear from you.

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  29. Shaikster911 Posted on April 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Great video thanks

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  30. ViktorCi Cich Posted on June 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Nice video thx man

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  31. Mar - Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

    What's special about the topspin in general what does it add to the hit it spins it in what way that affects the opponents game

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  32. Anirudh Verma Posted on August 23, 2015 at 4:03 am

    how to overcome the fear before a match

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  33. Anirudh Verma Posted on August 23, 2015 at 4:03 am

    how to overcome the fear before a match

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  34. Anirudh Verma Posted on August 23, 2015 at 4:04 am

    how to overcome the fear before a match

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  35. Flipendo Posted on October 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you very much for this video. I've been trying to get the hang of the shot for a while but today I finally felt like I had the technique right!

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  36. nafi uzzaman Posted on November 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    its all about contact point of the bat

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  37. paulthecool30 Posted on November 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Good videos, coaching tips are very good. Having said this the demonstrations you show of hitting backhands displays poor technique! Finishes too far out too the side meaning you'd struggle to get back for the next shot particularly if it was played to the forehand as you wouldn't have time for the forehand preparations. As well as this, and perhaps causing this, is the fact that too much arm is used in the stroke and not enough wrist. Against the backspin ball, you don't brush the ball as much as you should meaning you get perform a rather flat backhand loop, as you're going through the ball too much. I would suggest that the tips are good, but I wouldn't advise people to copy these demonstrations!

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  38. Max Ashton Posted on November 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I love a fast game, but dam the chops/spins make it hell for me, I'm great with a straight game but chops make me uncomfortable since i don't have much control over them, hoping this will help me!

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  39. Dieter Verhofstadt Posted on November 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This is a much better video than ITTF's with Michael Maze, despite their advanced recording gear.

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  40. Rehan Riaz Posted on December 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

    can you tell the most effective way of returning a fast serve in backhand

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  41. Dulguun G Posted on January 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    When i try this, it always goes out. How can i improve that?

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  42. Chirag Kalyani Posted on January 10, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for dis vid …..it really helped

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  43. IVAN DAVID ANDRADE SANCHEZ Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:35 am

    i have a really good backhand topspin but i have problems agains deep backspin ball ….can you help me, also i want to know some exercises for improve the footwork… thank u so much… love your videos

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  44. SuchBaklava Posted on February 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    +PingSkills I dont know why do we have to relax our wrist because if i would relax my wris then i lose my grip . How prevent it . And , I'm sorry for my bad english .

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  45. OsAmADx21 Posted on February 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Everytime time I play with my backhand the ball flies away
    Any tips?:)

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  46. Wil Reyes Posted on April 10, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Not sure if youre gonna see this but, im not sure if im doing the stroke wrong, i just tried it today. I can make the ball go in, but its really stressful on my Shoulder. Is there anyway to correct this or at least lessen the stress

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  47. Enes Pasha Posted on May 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    hey coach the backhand topspin is okey we saw the video and practiced then its okey but the problem is how to send a backhand topspin from on the table as these famous players doing it like ma long jhang jike and othets

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  48. Zoltán Kasza Posted on May 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, my movement ends towards the table, and not sideways, also not that high. Is it a problem? i have mastered it this way pretty good.

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  49. Arvind Rukmaji Posted on July 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Alois, why are you tethered?

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  50. Kadin Su Posted on September 11, 2016 at 4:11 am

    How would you do this if the ball comes to you slightly high?

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  51. Alxpower HIT! Posted on September 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Backhand topspin should give more effect, this is similar a backhand smash its necessary more effect and less power. What do you think?

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  52. mellisa dmonty Posted on September 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    which bat does he use?

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  53. William Evan Posted on November 19, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Laughed looking at the ones further from the table, looks like they are getting hit way off the table! 🙂

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  54. apglasses Posted on December 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

    hi, i have a question that hopefully you don't think i'm too dumb b/c i'm pretty new to TT (super new to the principles other than physics class). i don't really see any sort of information of what spot on the racket face creates the most top spin so i'm assuming you'd suggest the sweet spot, correct?

    i know it sounds dumb but i started playing a few months ago and since then have played for about 2-3 months before ever watching videos for TT. so i know it's unorthodox, but i FEEL that sometimes using the dead spots of the paddle for certain spin types helps the ball to spin more (maybe due to leverage? idk; that's why i'm asking haha).

    like say you're doing the backhand topspin. would hitting the ball w/ the lower third of the racket face possibly cause more rotation on the ball since you could potentially hit it faster without having so much speed on the ball causing it to land off the back of the table?

    thanks!

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  55. Mara Posted on December 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    i dont know what i do wrong 80% of the time when i try this the ball is gonna hit the net or just go past the table help?

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  56. erhan turacı Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    keşke Türkçe altyazı ekleseniz çok güzel olur.

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  57. Riskyyy - CS:GO Channel Posted on December 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    This isn't a good tutorial man, make something good! It's all in the wrist ALL

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  58. 77magicbus Posted on December 31, 2016 at 4:01 am

    fantastic information. Thanks

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  59. Joshua Tiody Posted on January 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Hi PingSkills, what kind of bat do you use?

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  60. monkh-erdene delgertsogt Posted on February 2, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    how to download all videos?

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  61. Gudep Arif Posted on February 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    what is music background!thnk

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  62. Tsehay Misrak Posted on February 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    hi ping skilld

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  63. Tsehay Misrak Posted on February 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    can you say me how to attend the side spin serve

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  64. Tony Nelson Posted on February 21, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Best ping pong videos out there.  Perfect balance of technique explained and then shown.

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  65. Shaurya Barkund Posted on March 15, 2017 at 7:05 am

    very helpful

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  66. sujata nath Posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:15 am

    ping skills thanks for helping me in teaching backhand topspin 😊😊😊

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  67. Mr.Moody Posted on April 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    cant, for the life of me, get the hang of backhand

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  68. Frosterkick Cabullo Posted on April 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    hi pingskills… can i ask you what blade is for offensive player like me?

    Reply
  69. Pratyush Sen Posted on April 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Sir,Can you please make a video on table tennis stretching exercises

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  70. Geekminecrafter 1456 Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    thanks with your support from last place i became 4th place in a years time.

    Reply
  71. dj lanig Posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Hello
    When I train with my robot there is no problem I can reproduce the perfect gesture but, when I get to the table with an opponent I can't play I more the gesture it is 4 years I try watching videos and always 500 pts only given when did put the ball on my backhand, it's almost dead or when I get to put it it is up so suddenly I'm someone dead can he help me thanks

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  72. Wong Timothy Posted on August 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Me watching this : Hmm doesn't seem difficult with those step by step instructions.
    Me trying this out : Screw it I give up

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  73. Arvinda Parmar Posted on September 3, 2017 at 10:49 am

    how to do a backhand serve can u tell

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  74. Nat .T Posted on September 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    no i think chinese technique is better than your technique

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  75. WOT Posted on November 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Teach us how to do a megagangbangkillshot

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  76. Rog5446 Posted on December 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

    He said, when your close to the table, you haven't got time to turn your feet????????
    Well that's odd, because whenever I watch players play a game, they're constantly turning their feet, whether their close or far from the table.

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  77. Tejas Kumar Posted on January 3, 2018 at 11:37 am

    What is that wire type thing on 0:30 on your trousers

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  78. Deepesh Gurung Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:16 am

    hello…i still could not get the backspin, topspin serve and backspin, topspin ball. Both seems same can you please explain me

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  79. FedorMachida Last Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:13 am

    This is awesome. You don't have to fully rotate your hips to generate power. Look how hard Jeff is hitting the ball, just using technique. I will definitely try to work on this. I am mainly a forehand player and have a weak backhand.

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  80. David Grant Posted on February 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for these excellent videos , I try and take away the lesson to the the table , easier said than done sometimes 🙂 , I'm unclear where the topspin delivery is coming from at 4:15 , it looks like the ball being delivered is being pushed under the ball hence it's a mild backspin , am I seeing this wrong , confused but ambitious pomme !

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  81. Jatin Kumar Posted on April 7, 2018 at 10:45 am

    how to play back hand shot slightly above the chest?

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  82. Sebastiàn Castellanos Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for traduce to spanish, is better understand the topics/Gracias por traducirlo al español, es mejor para entendelo

    Reply
  83. Mohit Agarwal Posted on May 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    sir what should be the contact point on the racket for backhand topspin ?

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  84. Taman Kumar Posted on June 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

    You are best

    Reply
  85. Sadhana Kaushal Posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:57 am

    your all vedioes are nice but are in English only

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  86. asd f Posted on August 14, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Thanks a lot. Very useful tips!

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  87. Mayank Gupta Posted on September 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    There are variations of backhand technique. As far as i can tell, this shot can be played easily if ball comes to u slowly as if you are simply wating for the ball to come and just rip it off with this whip kind of stroke similar to backhand smash where you get enough time. Now when in topspin rally there seems to be a variation of it, which is like an extention of backhand block, quick wrist movement and adding more spin or hitting it through the ball and this action is small and quick and obviously not as strong as the one shown in video.
    Watched Ma Long playing backhand its different to what shown in video.
    Please enlighten me 🙂

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  88. mine ünal Posted on November 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Türkçe konuşun

    Reply
  89. mine ünal Posted on November 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Nasıl yazıyon o zaman ?

    Reply
  90. Shlok Maheswari Posted on November 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    which racket should I buy
    1.donic coppa gold
    2.yasaka antipower
    3.dhs hurricane 3 neo
    4.any other racket under rupees 2500 if I am an aggressive player

    Reply
  91. Max Wu Posted on December 26, 2018 at 3:22 am

    They should have made another video on backhand topspin against backspin. The only reason why he managed to get that across was because the backspin is weak. Heavy backspin requires much more strength then that. Also, they also don't teach the more useable version of backhand techniques. Most of the times it is better for you to use your forehand for power attacks so such a big move is unlikely to be used, unless the opponent is giving is a particularly easy ball to receive.

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  92. Vinay Sankar SP Posted on March 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Sir it is able to smash long high balls with heavy backspin?

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  93. Yuri Nikolai Dzura Silvestre Posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    What's the song name used on the video?

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  94. Eloi Mumford Posted on March 31, 2019 at 1:30 am

    When i see you , i wish i am @ the ttclub , practicing again and again till Success ! Backhand Topspin is such a powerfull / inattendu rushing ball for the opponent . Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  95. nanti tar Posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Tidak suka pemain botak, karena pakai tangan kiri terus, sulit dipahami

    Reply
  96. Aha Posted on April 16, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    why everyone in tabletennis or tutorials is lefthanded

    Reply
  97. Muhammad Imran Posted on September 11, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Where is yr club

    Reply
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