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Backhand Counterhit | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Alois: Hi, I am Alois Rosario. Jeff:And I am Jeff Plumb and
we are from PingSkills. And now, we are going to
teach you the backhand counterhit. Alois: So, let’s have a look at Jeff
playing the backhand counterhit. There is three things that we need to
consider with the backhand counterhit:… The first one is the feet position. You will notice that Jeffs’ feet are facing
towards where he wants the ball to go. So, he is really square on and
his body faces forward. The second thing is the start position of his bat. So, the bat is in front of his body
facing towards where he wants the ball to go. Then he comes through, hits the ball
and his finish position… is up and forward at shoulder height. And, you will notice now that
the forehand side of his bat… faces towards the roof at the end of the shot. So, now that Jeff is showing you the technique… you can see that Jeff will be able
to use the same technique… to hit the ball slowly or fast. All he does is he just moves his
bat through the stroke faster,… if he wants the ball to go faster. And slower, if he wants the ball to go slower. So, that is why it is really important
to get a good technique with your strokes. So, the main things to consider when
learning the backhand counterhit:… Firstly, starting with your feet. If I want to the ball to go in that direction,
that is where I am facing with my feet. If I want the ball to go across court,
then that is where I need to face with my feet. The second part of the stroke that
you need to consider is your start position. Make sure that your bat is nice and flat,
facing towards where you want the ball to go. So, it needs to be in front of
your belly and nice and flat. And, the final part of the stroke is
you need to hit the ball and follow through. And, turn your bat over, so that now the
forehand side of your bat is facing to the roof. You need to finish up at around shoulder height. So, some things that I see
as common errors with the backhand:… Firstly, a lot of players
tend to change their grip. So, they turn their bat
around in their hand like that. It is easier for backhand but it is
going to be really difficult later for forehand. That is why it is important
to keep a nice central grip,… so that you will be able to play both
backhand and forehand with the same grip. The second thing with
the backhand that I often see… is that players tend to
push their right foot forward… and play their backhands like this. That is okay, again, if you are only
playing backhands that works fine. But when you are playing a game of table tennis,
you have not got enough time to be doing… backhands with your feet side-on this way and… then turning all the way around to play your forehand. So, that is why you want
to be nice a nd square on,… facing towards where you want the ball to go. And, the third thing that I see with backhands… is that often players finish over
on the left hand side of their body,… instead of finishing over on the right hand side. So, an easy way to fix that problem
is to just make sure that… you are waiting for the ball a little bit longer,
wait for it and hit the ball closer to your body. And then, you stroke will
tend to come out the right way.

David Frank



  1. PingSkills Posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks! Make sure you check out our website for more Table Tennis resources.

  2. liebefußball Posted on May 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thank you pingskills….Can I use the same backhand counterhit in pen hold????

  3. 06canalici0 Posted on May 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

    thank you for your effort, great video

  4. PingSkills Posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    With penhold the backhand is different. Search for PingSkills penhold techniques and you'll see a video on how to hit the backhand using the penhold grip.

  5. PingSkills Posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    You're welcome.

  6. JunYoung Chung Posted on May 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    great as always

  7. JunYoung Chung Posted on May 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    @liebefussball there's two way of backhand. you can use your forehand side or backhand side. watch pingskills' video for forehand side one. for penhold, backhand using backhand side rubber is called reverse penhold backhand. rpb counterhit is basically the same stroke except that the head of the bat will be lower than your hand at the start position, and that you have to lift your elbow a little bit. try searching something like 'wang hao backhand','reverse penhold backhand'.

  8. sexinthebathtubwith Posted on May 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I think you guys are really great, because when you do these hits, you guys give each other correct spacing and timing. When I do this with my coach, it never feels the same.

  9. sexinthebathtubwith Posted on May 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Is it possible to stay still with the backhand counterhit instead of having to shift every hit or so? I can never stay still I always shift even a small cm to get in position.

  10. sexinthebathtubwith Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm


  11. PingSkills Posted on June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Absolutely, the principles are all the same.

  12. PingSkills Posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Glad you liked it.

  13. Abdallah Abdelnaby Posted on August 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    you are really awesome … keep up the great work (Y)

  14. saisrinivasp Posted on August 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Valid question.. i'm waiting for the answer as well.

  15. PingSkills Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I think it is a matter of practicing more to get used to the stroke. If you are constantly hitting the ball off the end of the table, then you can change the angle of your bat slightly to face down more.

    You can also ask a question on our website and we have more room there to answer the question.

  16. PingSkills Posted on August 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    You're welcome. Good luck!

  17. MrPotatoMadness Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    What rackets are you guys using???

  18. MrPotatoMadness Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    What bats are you guys using?

  19. PingSkills Posted on September 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    We are both using the PingSkills Touch with Xiom Vega Pro. You can find out more about it on our website.

  20. David Medina Posted on January 29, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Guys… From Venezuela, Amazing¡¡¡¡

  21. mac green Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    how about if opponents smash while you are in that position?

  22. PingSkills Posted on March 30, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Then try blocking it. However the best advice is to keep the ball low so it makes it hard for them to smash it in the first place.

  23. boody ashraf Posted on June 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Why my coach is telling me to not end the forehand facing the roof at end of shot !!!!!!! plz answer

  24. boody ashraf Posted on June 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm


  25. Lucca Moisés Posted on June 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    You need to make a video, teaching about the penhold backhand counterhit, thanks

  26. Juan Pablo López Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    thanks for translating the videos, i'm spanish and i couldnt understand very well others videos. 🙂

  27. PingSkills Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    You're welcome.

  28. boody ashraf Posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    how can i play any counterhit , against peddle that have that (pimples) that make a good chop ..

  29. Sairam Subramanian Gopal Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for the video! The ball comes to my backhand but I don't have the time to make my body to face in the direction I want it to go.. How do I make good placement in that case ?

  30. PingSkills Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You can just adjust the angle of your bat slightly to control the direction.

  31. fifatube Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Is it ok if I punch the ball. That's what I kinda do

  32. Joshua Rondal Posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    What bats do you use?

  33. Murali Krishna Devarakonda Posted on September 29, 2014 at 7:32 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!

  34. Bhaswar Bhattacharya Posted on February 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    whenever i am practising the ball ends up hitting the net….what am i doing wrong?….is the bat required to be kept perpendicular to the table ??…thanks in advance 

  35. Ujjval Verma Posted on February 24, 2015 at 10:38 am

    very nice Alois… thanks a tonne for this video !!!

  36. kaneki tamayo Posted on March 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    this is a very good tutorial for beginners like me. i started to love table tennis because it was my p.e. subject and i watch your tutorial videos. those were a lot helpful. thanks to all of you :)) god bless. 

  37. ugotownedk Posted on July 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    This video completely ignores the very important fact of body posture, bending over the ball and stuff like that, do you have any advanced videos where you go into detail over body postures, when to take the ball, because that's my main issue. I've learned the strokes quite well, and am a decent player, but coach says I always take the ball too early, and i can feel my self leaning my bodyweight on my heels instead of toes.. also if you could touch on the subject of leg work coordination with the strokes, that would really benefit myself(and I'm sure a lot of other players would also appreciate it)

  38. pingtube tv Posted on July 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for inspiring me and my friend to start a table tennis tutorial channel

  39. Param Sidhu Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Do like the tutorial

  40. Ruz Reuben Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I never use this stroke. My faivorites are :
    Forehand topspin
    Backhand topspin
    Forehand Smash

  41. Bob the builder Posted on December 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks. I will be playing at a tournament in a couple of months. After watching clips of the finals, I think I have a good shot at winning the whole thing all thanks to your tutorials. I'll let you know how I do!

  42. Marina De Maesschalck Posted on December 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for these tips, I realise now how important the position of the body is….

  43. Nattt Mclarty Posted on January 13, 2016 at 12:20 am

    This really helped me

  44. Nattt Mclarty Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I am a big fan

  45. Hot Wings Posted on January 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks man I beat all my friend with This

  46. Raju Ranjan Posted on February 28, 2016 at 6:01 am

    now i could figure out my fault…………..i was always crossing the right eyebrow position………….thankx alot

  47. Kaku Purwar Posted on July 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks, you saved me at the last day of my competition

  48. burricanecarter Posted on July 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Alois, thank you for these great and informative videos.
    I have a question regarding one of the beginner mistakes you named.
    I'm trying to teach my girlfriend how to play correctly and your videos are a great help. She does however tend to push her right foot forward when she hits a backhand. Is there a good exercise that would help to correct this mistake? I try to make her be aware of her stance and she realises, what she's making wrong, but the stance remains the same.


  49. Marco Risolino Posted on August 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hi. Thank you in advance for the incredible quantity and quality of material you uploaded on youtube!
    I'd like to ask a question about the difference of the role of the wrist between forehand and backhand.
    It seems to me that on the backhand the wrist is way more flexible than on the forehand, am I right? Or is it flexible also in the forehand? Thank you for you time!

  50. Kevin Richards Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    sad I don't know back hand

  51. Kevin Richards Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    it's 1 year past sadnesses

  52. Kevin Richards Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    plzzz help me……

  53. Recanter C Posted on September 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    These guys are really giving Olympic level instructions. Thanks for the excellent tutorials!

  54. Suhas Sriram Posted on October 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

    if a person needs to play faster backhand then he needs to wait for the ball to come nearer ?

  55. bence fogarasy Posted on January 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial! It was very useful! 🙂

  56. Rage Phil Posted on February 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks guys, you really helped for my homework. 🙂

  57. Action Mayne Posted on February 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    hi at 2:12 you mention that the bat should be flat facing where you want to the ball to go. is this technique the same for the forehand counter hit? (I've watched the FH counter video, but I don't think it was mentioned?

  58. Richard Szabó Posted on April 11, 2017 at 11:21 am

    i have noticed that almost all world class players change their grip during the rally (forehand/backhand) so there must be more pros than cons about it or idk the reason then xD

  59. Hassan Almalki Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thanks you from the depths, I have benefited greatly from these educational videos, the magnificence of photography and the purity of sound increase the strength of lessons.

  60. Hassan Arafat Posted on May 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Very good videos . Thanks

  61. Ankit Bhuyan Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I am following your instructions but I don't know why my ball goes off the table and I can't control my speed. Do you have some tips for it ?

  62. MANAS TYAGI Posted on June 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Can you tell me about the wrist work used in backhand counterhit?

  63. as woods Sandy why sketch Kern Posted on July 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    i have got my competition in 2 days and i am ready
    thank you for ur tutorial

  64. Gamer Audrey 200 Posted on August 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Thanks to you guys now i am really ready for our zonal competition

  65. Omar Ibrahim Posted on August 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    What's this used for? Just simply hitting the ball back? What advantage do you have over your opponent by preforming this hit?

  66. Sujan Regmi Posted on August 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    which rubber bat and ball do you use??

  67. Azuan Azzeham Posted on September 2, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Hi coach..can you show medium/short pimple technique? How to hit,flick,attack,blocking with medium/short pips on backhand.

  68. Anmol Bajracharya Posted on January 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Is friendship 729 a good racket or not.

  69. Anmol Bajracharya Posted on January 6, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the answer

  70. Sage Posted on February 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

    My friend and I play TT. He always serves me a combination of top spin+side spin, so the ball would spin at an angle of about 30-40 degree. I'd try to return his serve with a backhand counter hit. 80% of the time the ball would swerve off the right or left side of the table without hitting it. I am getting frustrated and now I don't know what to do. 🙁

  71. MasterSpin77 Posted on March 5, 2018 at 2:50 am

    My skill level is getting higher because of these videos..thanks!

  72. muthu kumaran Posted on March 8, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Can you please tell,How to do backhand counterhit when the ball is low?

  73. Irfan Asif Posted on May 26, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Thanks for explaining

  74. Nariman Joshi Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I see a slight weight transfer as well.

  75. Rohit Sahoo Posted on June 17, 2018 at 10:16 am

    you re doing a great job keep it up

  76. Rohit Sahoo Posted on June 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

    can you make a video on how to win a match in table tennis please make it for me

  77. asim hussain Posted on July 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Very clear and precisely Thaught.. Thanks Mentors

  78. Taranpreet kalra Posted on August 1, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    hiiiii!! i m a new subscriber … from india … i m selected under 14 . because of ur channel .. i want heart from u 😗

  79. A'bdur Rehman Khan Posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Hello sir,
    Should we keep our legs stamp when forehand counterhit…or should i just footwork when striving for topspin ?

  80. Rampal Rana Posted on August 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you so much after two months there is my national

  81. Ajit Singh Posted on August 25, 2018 at 4:46 am

    बहुत बुरा है

  82. Soham Rawat Posted on September 15, 2018 at 1:41 am

    My forehand is solid but my backhand was trash. Now it is much better. Thanks

  83. Adan Hernandez Posted on September 21, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Hey guys! New player here. I'm a new LEO and the main sport for our breaks is table tennis. After looking at your videos, can't wait to test these tricks!! Thanks a lot

  84. Ganesh Kumar Posted on October 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    How do we position ourselves so that the ball comes at the belly position? I mean it may come at higher position right?

  85. Gita Sharma Posted on January 9, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Your videos are awesome

  86. P sinha Posted on February 7, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    How to conterfeit back hand flick

  87. Dicky Park Posted on July 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    한글 타이틀 감사합니다
    유투브에서 자동인가요
    Tks YouTube for Korean sub.

  88. SHADOWCLAW 4345 Posted on September 22, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Ma name JEFF