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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

David Frank



  1. Tech Surfer Posted on November 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    thank u sir. Great work. Regards, Aryan( member of pingskills.)

  2. Edvin Sundqvist Posted on November 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm


  3. Wolverine2.0 Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    How could you tell if the ball has top spin, back spin etc?

  4. MuikuliWander Posted on November 17, 2016 at 3:15 am

    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).

  5. Andris Gargurnis Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    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

  6. Dis Guy Posted on November 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    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

  7. Jerry Lyu Posted on November 18, 2016 at 7:24 am

    How is Fan Zhendong's backhand flick different from this one?

  8. Mohd Azrull Masnam Posted on November 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    how to do backhand flick like zhang jike or fan zhendong?

  9. Aditya Tyagi Posted on November 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    which tt table should I buy

  10. BigBro Gaming Posted on November 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    can I do this on a long pimps? also i have tournament tomorrow 🙂

  11. G Hawley Posted on November 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    coundnt the rubbers effect the flick i got tourney tomoz and im try ing to perfect m y flick

  12. Jafer Albahli Posted on November 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I cant learn backhand im verey sad

  13. Sơn Lê Posted on November 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Could you please show me how Zhang Jike do his great backhand?? Thank you

  14. riflix Bistmode Posted on November 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    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! 🙂

  15. Being Instructional Posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Too good tutorial

  16. apglasses Posted on December 9, 2016 at 6:32 am

    would you say jeff is better? in a serious match that is

  17. mykelle alvizo Posted on January 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    can you do the backhand flick of the person will give you a long serve

  18. BRBallin1 Posted on January 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    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.

  19. Vivek Doshi Posted on January 11, 2017 at 10:04 am

    how can I add spin like Fan Zhendong does

  20. Skelian Posted on January 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    congrats Alois and Jeff.U v got a 100,000 subscribers

  21. enes ilin Posted on January 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks a lot…

  22. 第彭 Posted on February 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I'm a penholder…….

  23. Chedrick Yumiaco Posted on February 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    why you 2 are so good!! btw im beginner

  24. Arvindh Kumar Posted on February 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    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

  25. charlie xiong Posted on February 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    It is very helpful, thank you.

  26. O G Posted on February 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    This is amazing. My game has improved so much . I finally beat my 4 year old sister! Awesome!

  27. Sunayana Agarwal Posted on March 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This backhand flick made my game better and impressed my companions in my TT academy

  28. Jim Nelson Posted on March 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  29. waldemar jaworowski Posted on March 22, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Very good !

  30. Timothy Rutto Posted on April 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I made my high-school team thanks guys

  31. rishabh singh rana Posted on April 12, 2017 at 3:58 am

    You teach so patiently, and that's the best part

  32. Clariz Esguerra Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Your videos really help my skills thank you

  33. Mani Jindal Posted on April 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

    which racket do you use alois please tell

  34. Arshit B Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for your help

  35. Jason Gaming Posted on June 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Hi, will you guys be teaching the Fan Zhendong backhand flick?

  36. MANAS TYAGI Posted on June 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Can you tell how to flick in dealing with float serve?

  37. Arkadi Danielyan Posted on July 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    A little bit different then how fan zhendong does.

  38. Naz Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    he makes it look soooooo easy

  39. Puan Hidayat Posted on July 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    tangkap ikan

  40. Mani Jindal Posted on August 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

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

  41. Atharva Joshi Posted on August 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    which is the bat

  42. Abhay Das Posted on August 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    4:31 was that a topspin serve?

  43. Vijay Raghavan Posted on September 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    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 ?

  44. Hendy Setiawan Posted on September 16, 2017 at 6:42 am

    very helpful, thanks guy

  45. The Imperishable Posted on September 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Pls subscribe me on Pranshu 2005

  46. Ajay Bains Posted on October 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    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

  47. Md. Roisuddin Ahmed Posted on October 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    good technique

  48. Elvis Xavier Posted on November 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    What's the name of the serve that he's doing

  49. Hasitha Amarasena Posted on November 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Love your videos. Could you please sdd some more latin music on it?

  50. GK GAMIN//Kingdom Dominator Posted on December 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I made the line up in my high school team thanks to you guys

  51. XAmin Ali_GamerX Posted on December 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    great job keep it up

  52. atef djebali Posted on January 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    verry nice video thx coach

  53. the_katman Posted on January 9, 2018 at 8:45 am

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

  54. Maxi Cushway Posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I love ping pong

  55. Noah Meiners Posted on January 13, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    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

  56. Shameer Sha Posted on January 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I can only do back hand flik sometimes but sometimes I can't. why?

  57. PingSkills Posted on February 3, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Thanks for watching! Checkout all of our intermediate strokes tutorials on one page at:

    Jeff & Alois

  58. nook and corner Posted on February 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    which leg should we have to put front?

  59. Rudy Yeung Posted on February 25, 2018 at 1:24 am

    How to do this flick in penhold grip?

  60. Kulwant Kaur Posted on April 3, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Which serve should I opt ?

  61. Aishwary Sahu Posted on April 5, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    thanks sirr …

  62. Gator Champ Posted on April 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    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. ?

  63. Thomas Guidici Posted on May 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    It’s not like that!

  64. Santosh Jain Posted on June 2, 2018 at 4:19 am

    What is the best racket

  65. ranjeet singh Posted on June 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I learned very much

  66. Chika Channel Posted on June 29, 2018 at 11:21 am

    dobel skiLLs

  67. Aslam Qazi Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Please say who to zig zik servers

  68. Faith Hill Posted on August 31, 2018 at 4:34 am

    The best ping pong tutorial out there.

  69. Krishna Pawar. Posted on September 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Which racket is better

  70. Krishna Murthy Posted on September 29, 2018 at 8:07 am

    What to do when opponent serves very low at forehand side

  71. Niki Nikolov Posted on October 14, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    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?

  72. al151073 Posted on October 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    With such an explanation even an idiot can learn to play high level game. Liked and subscribed ❗️

  73. Atoy Gimenez Posted on November 20, 2018 at 4:08 am


  74. Fauzi Hamid Posted on November 24, 2018 at 7:49 am

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

  75. magicalgold010 Posted on December 22, 2018 at 2:29 am

    I am a master at the flick

  76. إغنم صحبتي Posted on January 11, 2019 at 7:33 am


  77. Sudaryadi Al-Kabumaini Posted on January 18, 2019 at 9:29 am

    TOP… Please back subscribe

  78. The Little Mermaid Posted on January 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Hi Coach! I want to ask how can we do this with penhold? Especially the one for returning the backspin. 😅

  79. non'nt existent content Posted on April 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm


  80. Eloi Mumford Posted on April 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Happy Easter 2019 and long Life to PingSkills ! Your teaching is addictive and works .

  81. Payal Shah Posted on May 30, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Someone see an oreo biscuit??

  82. daniel flores Posted on June 24, 2019 at 2:00 am

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

  83. Ayan Sarkar Posted on July 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    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?

  84. Sway Agency Posted on July 12, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Please as a rule, when can I play with backhand.

  85. Tomas Klidonas Posted on July 13, 2019 at 2:01 am

    shouldn't the toss on your serve be more vertical and not go back so much.. just wondering

  86. Alex Abbad Posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Siiiiip, jossss
    Thanks you very much

  87. Buck E Posted on July 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Are ping pong players athletes? I don’t know 🤣but he sure looks like one.

  88. Marleise Rashford Posted on August 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you. I am learning so much from you guys.

  89. Cindy Tiew Posted on August 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Hmmm.. my coach teaches me to flick with some topspin and a little bit of sidespin.Is it effective?

  90. jocelyn bruces Posted on August 28, 2019 at 2:21 am

    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..

  91. COVER LVIDEO Posted on September 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Pleaae make a Video Receiving Short Ball spin

  92. X Smacky Posted on September 26, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    My wife has the best backhand

  93. Atomic86 Posted on October 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Tip: wait till the ball is about to fall and then perform the movement