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Backhand Topspin Against Backspin | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to discuss the backhand topspin against backspin. So firstly it’s critical to set your feet
up in the right position. Make sure that your feet are nice and wide apart, in a good balanced
position, bend your knees so that you’re getting down nice and low. Then let’s think about
the direction that our feet are facing. Making sure that we face completely towards where
you want the ball to go. So if I want the ball to go there, that’s the way that my feet
are facing and my body is facing. If I want to play the ball down the line and
I need to turn myself more so that I’m facing down the line. The next thing we need to consider is the
start position of your bat. We need to start our bat nice and low at about knee high. Why
do we need to start it low? So that we can get under the contact point and lift up for
the contact. This start position is really crucial, make sure you’re getting it down
nice and low, at least as low as your knee level. The we need to consider the contact point.
So when we actually contact the bat on the ball it needs to be a brushing action. So
that brushing action is what’s going to give you the topspin and it’s going to help you
to lift that backspin up over the net. So really critical that the contact is a fine
brushing contact. If you contact the ball flat the backspin is going to drag the ball
straight down into the table. So we need to get that brushing contact to lift the ball
with topspin. The last thing we then need to consider is
our finish position. So after we’ve made the contact let your bat flow all the way through
and make sure it finishes nice and high, above head height. The other important thing is
to make sure that the bat is going past your elbow. So let the bat swing past your elbow.
Don’t stop it here because then you’re not getting the full motion of your forearm and
your wrist. So make sure that the finish position is all the way through with a nice extension,
nice and high, and past your elbow. The other important thing is to make sure
that there’s plenty of racket head speed when you make the contact and follow through. If
you bring your bat through really slowly you’re not going to have enough speed to lift that
backspin over the net. So we need a nice fluid, fast swing, and to do that your shoulder,
your elbow, and your wrist need to be nice and relaxed so that you can swing all the
way through. So let’s have a look at Jeff’s bat now. He’s
been doing the backhand topspin and you can see where the ball marks are on his racket.
So the ball marks are in this channel here. So not quite in the centre but more towards
the end of the racket because that is where the bat is moving faster when he’s doing the
backhand topspin swing so that is roughly where you want to be aiming to hit the ball
on your racket for the backhand topspin. If there’s only a little bit of backspin on
the ball your swing can start to be a little more horizontal so you can start to go more
from back to forward. Still starting below the contact point and finishing above the
contact point but it doesn’t need to be as vertical. So now if there’s heavy backspin
on the ball, that’s when you need to start lower and finish higher, so the stroke becomes
more vertical. So the heavier the backspin the more vertical your stroke can be to lift
the ball up over the net.

David Frank



  1. Dieter Verhofstadt Posted on April 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Repetition breeds mastery.

  2. jigar patel Posted on April 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This is what pingskill's all about !! Now in HD 👍

  3. Joshua Powell Posted on April 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Hi could you give me some advice. I am looking to buy some new rubbers but i am unsure on what to get. I have been using tenergy 05 and tenergy 05fx rubbers but now they are becoming dead i want to upgrade. I like to play an attacking game where i am fast and spinny. What would you reccomend me getting? Thanks for the help guys 🙂

  4. Chris Lee Posted on April 20, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Glad you all are back!

  5. 【☯】ɈẨƇƘ【♞】 Posted on April 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Finally another tutorial !!!

  6. MTAlAli Posted on April 21, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Looooooong time no see. Very helpful video. Thank you!!!

  7. Roman Adar Posted on April 21, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Excellent demo and thanks for sharing. but you'll agree that this is only good for long balls with back spin. It would be difficult to swing the bat from the low position for balls falling close to the net?

  8. sally brown Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    thanks for pingskills. now i can correct my mistakes

  9. iJaymeZ1 Posted on May 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Is this only vs backspin? Or can you perform the same stroke with less lifting of the ball? Such as the amount of low you need to go and also the end form? Is this the same with the Forehand vs backspin video?

  10. Anurag Sai Posted on May 26, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Absolutely nailed it guy!! Couldnt have made it more clearer

  11. Detherocable Posted on June 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    How do you make it look so EASY, Jeff? :O

  12. k .smash Posted on June 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

    You lot are mad at table tennis

  13. MrMagicpantz200 Posted on June 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Is this kind of what would be considered a backhand loop?

  14. Kavya Shah Posted on July 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Sometimes my opponenet gives a deep push with good amount of backspin and when i try to hit the ball with my back hand loop some times i miss. Do we need to judge the ball first then adjust ourselves and then play th stroke??

  15. Ali Azeem Posted on July 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Hey huys love your tutorialss.. they make me better and better at my game but the problem is i use the ragza 7 and joola express 2 rubers but there almost dead what rubbers would you suggest …plz reply i want i pros suggestion

  16. AV1193 Posted on August 18, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Thanks for posting this video, I really want to learn this backhand topspin.

  17. Mahdi Posted on September 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Most Useful Tutorial 🙂 thanks so much im gonna practice this at training session

  18. FreeIndia FreeIndia Posted on September 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    awesome tutorial sir,thanks

  19. Rog5446 Posted on December 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    The first piece of advice concerning body position, in order to direct the ball where you want it, assumes that the opponent is going to play their shot straight at you.
    Does it not?

  20. Dinh Thi Tran Posted on December 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This is a part of the " Advanced Backhand Topspin" video by PingSkill , right :)? Many thanks to Pingskill

  21. MrSpaceaze Posted on January 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks pingskill, very good instruction. I especially favor it since you are also left handed.

  22. batu yavuzdogan Posted on January 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I learned table tennis with ping skills , now im playing at my school team. thanks!

  23. Bledi Preza Posted on January 10, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I have a feeling that this is one of the most difficult shots (if not the most) in table tennis. Am I right?

  24. Илья Минкин Posted on January 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    With such a huge swing, how can you recover for the next shot?

  25. RAVINDRA NAYAK Posted on February 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    fantastic coach. .

  26. RAVINDRA NAYAK Posted on February 3, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I learnt techniques . Thank you Ping

  27. Alper Unsan Posted on March 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    These videos are so good that in the rush to watch one after another I almost forgot to hit the like button. Thank you very much for your kind efforts.

  28. Leo Bregoin Posted on March 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I'm French and I don't very handerstand when you speaked but I handerstand your demonstation. Thank you your vidéo was very good!!!

  29. Tuan Shamilan Posted on April 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    super tutorial……my favourite tooo….but need to master more…superbly explained…in detail

  30. Enes Pasha Posted on April 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

    coach i have a question how to check which side of the bat is backhand side and which side of the bat is forehand side

  31. Michaela Faye Posted on May 27, 2016 at 6:45 am

    thank youu pingskills.

  32. Nihilistic Existentialist Posted on June 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Most of the times i hit the net but when i manage to pull this off it's 'deadly' for my opponent thanks PingSkills 🙂

  33. James Andress Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Great tutorial! This has helped out a lot.

  34. Sidney Haubrick Posted on August 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Hi there, Have you heard about NO BRAND 999 rubber? First of all Congrats for all your videos I have seen so far. All of them are REALLY GREAT. I play really close to the table, I am 6.3 tall and dont have a good drive (top spin), it is too difficult for me to bent and do the proper movement, I am a bit too slow too. therefore from what I have read TENERGY05 seems it would be good rubber for me, but before I spend a lot of money on it, I would like your guidance… Of course I know it depends on my skills and type of game…

    My style of game is much more defensive and forcing the opponent to make errors, i love playing BACKSPIN and more BACKSPIN and counter attack on the opponents attack with my very hard and dry straight attack. 😀

    I am not on the professional level, but play quite well, I am used play with old chinese hard and very tacky rubbers like Firenship… but now I want to change and try THE SPINNIEST RUBBER POSSIBLE… VERY VERY SPINNY rubbers, I am crazy reading all about….

    there are sooooo many videos with comments, some seems to be very commercial to me trying to sell their brand, I trust much more on you guys from PING SKILLS. What are the rubbers you recommend me the most, not too fast but THE MOST SPIN. I have read a lot good about theses ones: Tenergy05… DHS Hurricane 3 NEO… Andro Power Grip.. Ahhh I play with only one side of the racket…. I don care about price, of course it if is more durable better… I have got a very good sidespin serve, but will follow your guidance to improve it. Thanks SOOO MUCH IN ADVANCE.

  35. Dinesh Awtaney Posted on September 10, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Respected Coach, In most of the cases opponent try to keep back spin close to net (like it bounce twice on table), flick is not an easiest skill to learn in months time or so, I am preparing for an open tournament in oct16 and having intermediate play level with good back hand, instead of just pushing or returning with backspin can you please advise some other option to make this return difficult for opponent. Regards,Dinesh Awtaney India

  36. Xan XUS Posted on November 14, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    if penhold grip?how can do that?

  37. Bishal sd Posted on December 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I do pretty ok with my backhand against backspin but oh god I can't do the same with my forehand

  38. Chris Thomas Posted on December 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Ok, I have a question; I noticed that although the stroke works just fine i.e. the back hand topspin off backspin, the extension of the arm is (to my eye – and I'm no expert you would whoop me every time) is – well, huge, above head height. Now a simple block using the pace you generate would surely arrive back with you before you could recover your position? Any thoughts? Cheers.

  39. tteverywhere 97 Posted on December 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Werner Schlager has a really good backhand topspin against backspin. He is the only top player I have seen using his backhand against choppers.

  40. Jop Immanuel Posted on December 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks coach

  41. Jop Immanuel Posted on December 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I from indonesian,您讲得非常好,祝你身体健康

  42. Animesh Jambhorkar Posted on January 8, 2017 at 9:23 am

    How to serve like Vladimir Samsonov

  43. Emmanuel Onakomaya Posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    What serve can I do to force the player to return long to my backhand so I can straight away backhand tops

  44. 橋本絵莉子 Posted on January 30, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I have to practice this more.

  45. đoàn văn phòng Posted on February 7, 2017 at 3:21 am

    động tác dư nhiều quá sẽ ảnh hưởng đến cú đánh tiếp theo khi vào trận thi đấu thực sự. Phải đánh như người Trung Quốc có lẽ hiệu quả hơn khi giao đấu. Động tác ngắn gọn tiết kiệm thời gian. Hiệu quả cao. (Nhưng động tác các bạn đẹp mắt và có tính ổn định cao.)

  46. Sakshi Bhardwaj Posted on February 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    You are like sultan of table tennis

  47. Ali Noor Posted on February 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Just Started playing table tennis. Your videos are really helpful.
    Love from Pakistan

  48. Nilay Kulkarni Posted on March 22, 2017 at 8:45 am

    at what level shall we hit the ball for better topspin?

  49. Jana Blake Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I watched this the day before my school tournament and I hope this works because my backhand is slow and dead

  50. Jana Blake Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Hey coach , I have two donic bluefire rubbers but sometimes i feel as if I am generating all the spin which can be painful. Is this how they all are or am I doing something wrong please I need a response quick because I want to beat the best player in my country

  51. Pratyush Sen Posted on June 2, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Sir,This topspin is not elegant like the pro players like Ma long and Fan Zhendong .They do a much more elegant and shorter which makes them more consistent.Can you publish a more elegant of the backhand topspin.
    Hey!,Please do not take it as a criticism of Pingskills.It is simply awesome.I am just asking if there is a better way of executing the backhand topspin.

  52. Sayanta Choudhury Posted on June 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

    First of all many many thanks to ping skills.i usually don't comment but I thought to give my sincere thanks to u guys..I have started playing like a pro..6 month back o was not able to hold the bat properly but now I can defeat everyone.once again kudos to u guys..😀

  53. sa nguyen Posted on July 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you coach . Very good lesson.

  54. Hyu Woo Kwan Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    This is the best TT-tutorial channel in Youtube! Thank you guys for your great videos 😀

  55. Devansh Dubey Posted on August 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Can you defeat ma long

  56. O' Neil Aakash Biswas Biswas Posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Can you make a video of short pimples backhand topspin against backspin? Thank you.

  57. Budi Hartono Posted on October 23, 2017 at 4:33 am

    What gonna do if the ball down close the net?

  58. Jeongwoo CHOI Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Is this different from banana flcik (chiqita)?? Im pretty sure for banana flick u have to put more elbow in front… idk.

  59. vetam nikhil Posted on December 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    "Bend your knees so that you are getting down nice and low" 😛

  60. Thoeun Kong Posted on December 19, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I like the fluid motion of your back hands. It's not like some of the pros who seem to strong-arm the racquet and stop its momentum

  61. Ben Lerner Posted on December 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm


    Great video by the way! Very helpful!

  62. Mayank Gupta Posted on January 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    what if the ball is coming at a higher speed at your backhand with some backspin, especially when you don't get enough time to react and position yourself to brush the ball completely to get enough topspin?? i actually get late to play this shot most of the time and i know one way is to pivot and play forehand or push but push sometimes rises the ball high and also very slow for the opponent to attack and forehand is not consistent enough. Any solution??

  63. Aziz Kash Posted on June 8, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    when would be the best time to use this?

  64. tejas mody Posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:13 am

    hi Alois, just subscribed your channel . Would request you to make a video on top spin generated by Indian tt player Sanil Shetty. He has an awesome forehand top spin which is flat fast and has considerable spin, players like Liam pitchford find it difficult to return .

  65. Darshan Anavkar Posted on July 4, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Loved your coaching skills keep up the great work

  66. Huy Ly Dang Posted on December 2, 2018 at 6:56 am

    hello coach
    i am wondering which shoe you wore in this lesson

  67. Hector Hollein Posted on December 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    The arm shouldn’t go to the side that much, no time for recovery

  68. Lumberjack Boss Posted on March 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I ve a problem when I do this hit the ball just go out of the table or it does not go through the net

  69. Abubakar Ibrahim Posted on April 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I'm having trouble setting the correct bat angle so most of my forehand drive ends in the net. Please help me out.

  70. lin kevin Posted on May 23, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    using too much hand and arm
    again and again and again

  71. Manthan Patki Posted on July 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    It’s hard but I got it

  72. Manthan Patki Posted on July 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for posting such a nice video

  73. Cindy Tiew Posted on July 15, 2019 at 7:30 am

    3:44 nice block down the line by the camera

  74. MD. Apple Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    when to hit? highest pick point or little after

  75. Cindy Tiew Posted on August 24, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    My backhand topspin vs heavy backspin is good but when there is less or no backspin it's always going off the side… I did move more forwards though