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Forehand Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to talk to you about the forehand flick. To make a good flick the first important thing
is to make sure that you get your body close to the ball. So if I’m left handed I’m going
to get my left leg right under the table so that I can get my bat close to the net. If
you’re right handed, you do that with your right foot. So get your right foot under the
table so that you can get close to the ball to make the flick. At the start of your stroke make sure that
you’ve got your bat nice and far back so really open out your wrist so that will allow you
to come forward on the ball. So here, open the wrist out that way at the start of the
flick. The next thing we need to consider is making
sure that we’re hitting the ball at the peak of the bounce. The peak of the bounce means
that the ball is going to bounce here, it’s going to rise up and then fall again. We need
to be hitting the ball when it’s at it’s highest. So when it’s at it’s highest we’re then able
to have a nice flat contact on the ball to generate a bit more speed. If you contact
the ball when it’s very low here, or very low here then you’re going to need to lift
the ball up and over the net. So lets really concentrate on getting that ball at the peak
of the bounce. From there we’re going to have a nice flat contact so that it’s almost like
a mini smash. At the start of your swing make sure that
your bat is coming forward so that will give you the nice flat contact so not too much
of a lifting action but really press forward on the ball on contact so it’s forward and
then you follow through. So really get that forward action first to make the flick. The next thing you need to consider is what
type of spin is on the ball that’s coming to you. If there’s really heavy backspin you’re
going to need to tilt your bat angle backwards to counter that backspin so really open up
the angle of your racket when you push forward with the flick. On the other hand if there’s
a lot of topspin on the ball then you can close your racket over to come over the ball.
So alter the angle of your racket depending on the amount of backspin or topspin that’s
on the ball. You also need to consider then if there’s any sidespin on the ball. So if
the ball wants to go out that way you need to turn your wrist back further to counter
that sidespin or if the ball wants to go out the other way you need to cover the ball more
around here to counter the sidespin on the ball. So think about adjusting the racket
angle so that you’re countering the type of spin that’s on the ball coming to you. Let’s explore now when you’re going to use
the flick. Predominantly you’re going to use the flick only when the ball is short. So
short means that the ball is going to bounce at least twice on your side of the table if
you let it go. If the ball is long so it’s only going to bounce once then the stroke
that you’re going to choose is the forehand topspin. So basically you’re going to be doing
the flick only when the ball is short to you. We usually use it if someone has done a short
serve to us or if they’ve given us a short push. Let’s have a look at Jeff doing some flicks
off a short push. So now I’ll feed the ball with less backspin
and you’ll see that Jeff’s angle is a bit more over the ball. Now when I add more backspin, Jeff’s going
to open up the angle of his racket to counter that backspin. So I’ll give him a short topspin serve now.
You can see with the flick you can come straight over the top of that ball. Again. Now we’ll give him just a sidespin serve.
So you can see that Jeff is adjusting the angle of his racket to counter the type of
spin that I’m giving him. So now topspin again. Now I’m going to give him a backspin serve
and let’s see how he copes with that. So he’s opened his angle up to counter that
backspin. Let’s try it again. Now I’m going to give him more backspin. You can see he really opened up the angle
of the bat. He was still able to flick the ball though. So now Jeff is going to serve short, I’m going
to push the ball back short and let’s see if Jeff can still utilise his flick. That one was a bit high 🙂

David Frank



  1. iL3G4CY Posted on April 25, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Awesome video!Pls make more of these types and less of ask the coach vids

  2. Витвицкий Влад Posted on April 25, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Thank you for the great video!

  3. Serpentem Posted on April 25, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Very nice and clear video Alois and Jeff (I like the detail with which you guys explain the strokes)! I learned a lot from your video's! Keep up the good work ;)!

  4. Lazo Ahmed Posted on April 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    What rubbers do you normally use

  5. Илья Минкин Posted on April 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Wow, Jeff flicks so hard

  6. morgen williams Posted on April 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    its funny when the ball hits the camera

  7. 【☯】ɈẨƇƘ【♞】 Posted on April 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    (Written with Google Translate)

    Hello PingSkills,
    I'm a shakehand but every time I play it often happens that the ball hit the index particularly during the backhand counterhit. I'm right and I like the wide rackets because I do not want that the index is longer than the width of the racket.
    That frame do you recommend ?

  8. Roman Adar Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Well done and really great video and tips. I am going to try and use in my next game which is actually tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing.

  9. islam ali Posted on May 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Is it possible to include Arabic translation ???
    Thank you very much 🙂

  10. Romulo Jaramillo Posted on June 7, 2015 at 12:27 am

    saludes desde Colombia ,me gustan mucho tus videos ,,seria posible traducirlos al español como otros que tu tienes

  11. PHUC THINH Vu Posted on June 30, 2015 at 4:18 am

    wonderful and useful video. Thank a lot

  12. M. R. Posted on July 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Do I understand it right that you can only use the flick when the ball is above net level (otherwise it should be the "banana flick")?

  13. PingSkills Posted on July 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    That's right @Manfred R. 

    If the ball is lower than the net you can flick the ball but only slowly because you won't be able to get the ball up over the net and still drop on the table if you hit it to fast. If it's low you'd be better off using a short push return, or the banana flick which allows you to get more topspin. But really if you want to flick try to get the ball at the top of the bounce. It will make it much easier.

  14. Ricky Lam Posted on July 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Hey ping skills, how do I practice backhand down the line?

  15. PingSkills Posted on July 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Hi Ricky,

    There are a number of ways to practice backhands down the line. You can start just by playing backhand to forehand with your practice partner. As a separate exercise you could play one ball to your partner's backhand and one to their forehand. Have them only play to your backhand.

  16. Stephen Garrett Posted on October 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I wasn't holding my wrist back or getting close enough to the ball. Can't wait to try that shot again now. Thanks for sharing a great video.

  17. FedorMachida Last Posted on October 15, 2015 at 5:01 am

    The last couple of backhand serves were difficult to notice. I guess you have to look at the paddle and see the angle the server is hitting from.Thanks for the videos. These are great and fun to watch.

  18. Tuong Hoang Posted on November 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Malong is really great at this skill

  19. Benjamin Changanaqui Brescia Posted on January 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Great technique and thank you for sharing !

  20. steffen234fly Posted on January 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I really like that you explain in every video how to do the different mechanics step by step.The videos are very helpful and easy to understand! Thanks for all the tricks, with your videos I already won matches I wouldn't without your help!

  21. Евгений Шумилин Posted on January 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Turn off the music!!! Annoys!

  22. bharadwaj turlapati Posted on January 31, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Hi +PingSkills
    can you let me know how to play/ return this serve in this situation.
    1. a back spin serve , that lands very near to the table.
    i always fail to lift such serve and my bat hits the table or ball flies away when i open the bat to lift it.

    A video on this would be soo helpful

  23. himash kavinda Posted on February 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

    great video.

  24. Nilan Kaluarachchi Posted on March 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Thank you, guys! Another solid lesson!

  25. Drag0ncl0ud Posted on March 12, 2016 at 5:40 am

    How do you deal with extremely short and low balls that are practically rolling over the net. I find that it's difficult to reach them and I have to push them back very short just to get them over the net, which puts me off balance because the ball just keeps coming back really short. I've tried stepping forward but my thigh ends up bumping the table, limiting my reach.

  26. YUNUS Düzdağ Posted on March 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Thank you good sir.

  27. Paulo Roberto Posted on April 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    qual e a melhor raquete que vc acha

  28. Jacob Baker Posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Thanks PingSkills!

  29. Joel Dann Posted on April 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Hello Sir.. You're really a nice person 🙂

  30. nice video Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:43 am

    nice….tutorial..please see my video too n please subscribe or like..thanks before..:-)

  31. Khaled Zaidan Posted on May 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I would really like to you see you two play against each other!

    (Thanks for all the tips btw… very informative and useful!)

  32. Elkhalal Posted on May 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Alios and Jeff
    what rubber and blade you prefer?

  33. Elkhalal Posted on May 22, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I'm using donic baracuda and dhs neo skyline tg 2
    the blade is galaxy t2s
    what's your appreciation?

  34. Boogar Posted on May 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for the superb video!
    I still have a question: How about balls that are very short? Meaning they contact the table rigth near to the net, where its almost impossible to get a good contact due to the distance. So I almost need to jump against the table to reach it. If i rember correctly i see alot of player doing almost a jumping motion when flicking. Or do you reccomend to just let it pop off your rubber and give it back very short aswell?

  35. Boogar Posted on May 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Ps: I like the music 🙂

  36. bannajirocks Posted on May 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    if you have intermidiate skills.. ping pong is most fun office time pass game

  37. Shackle Roy Consul Posted on May 28, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    is the 729 hinoki carbon with a dhs pf4 in the backhand and a donic desto f3 in the forehand good

  38. CloneHat Posted on June 11, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I'm curious about the footwork here. Generally one moves their right foot forward when going in for a forehand push or flick, like you demonstrated. But when Jeff goes for the big hit at the end, he jumps forward on his left foot. I've seen many other pros do this. Does kicking off onto the left foot give more power? Or perhaps more reach?

  39. PPM 7871 Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I have a question how to add more power to your Forehand flick. I have no problem with the ball going to table and not hitting the net, but the flick is not so hard and after that ball the oponent attacks my flick with forehand. How cloud i get more power on the Forehand flick?

  40. javad Posted on June 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    hi, I have a problem with my hand actully with my wrist. When I do any forhand strokes my wrist shivers. I have this problem for 5 months. 3 months before I just couldn't do forhand drive and I didn't have any other problems with other strokes.I have been playing table tennis for 3 years. I also used wristband but didn't help. I visited a doctor and he told me to eat more suger. it also didn't help. really don't know what to do plz help

  41. Suhas Sriram Posted on July 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I am going to a table tennis competition tommorow and this really helped me ! Thank You Ping Skills

  42. Recanter C Posted on August 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    The quality of Australian sport is high. These instructions are spot on. Cheers PSkzz

  43. Jai Sarda Posted on August 24, 2016 at 9:36 am

    ping skill is not of any use

  44. Rick NL Posted on August 25, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Great video! But do you have a backhand Flip video? it would be nice to see.

  45. Mongoose Pizza Posted on August 26, 2016 at 6:46 am

    how to tell if the opponent is serving a backspin or a topspin?

  46. donald trump Needs ten thousand subs video Posted on September 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Ping skill how to play a four hand spinning serve I have been playing tt for 1 year and services is the only thing to hard for me it is hard plz reply

  47. Martin Sanchez Posted on September 10, 2016 at 7:48 am

    May I ask.How to properly care a racket how to clean them??
    Can you help

  48. A normal person Posted on October 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

    But, what will you do if someone flicks at you?

  49. johnybrokeit Posted on November 8, 2016 at 3:10 am

    This is my favorite video currently, coz Ive been struggling with understanding how to read spin. Beautiful. Can't wait to go practice. Side note: I'm new to table tennis n I bought a racket called donic, it has an adjustable metal weight in the handle 😉 (signed by a pro player n in his name) all fancy. I'm going to use it for a couple more months coz u advised me not to change rackets. But I reckon the stiga allround Classic with butterfly mark V rubber is what I should buy next, correct? As a starters awesome racket. I'm in India. Thank you for these awesome videos. Johny

  50. Emmanuel Onakomaya Posted on November 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Could u do a video for a backhand flick

  51. MOHAMMED ELHALFAWY Posted on December 2, 2016 at 12:35 am

    thank you so much ping skills you really made my play bitter so much😍😍😍😍

  52. Michel Buraglia Posted on December 11, 2016 at 2:48 am

    What part of blade need to contact the ball? Bottom or Top? thanks

  53. Malfunctional Brain Posted on December 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    lol when I play ping pong at my school I hold the bat like a kunai

  54. Darwinian Bonobo Posted on December 31, 2016 at 5:18 am

    why would you push not flick?

  55. diegosvega Posted on January 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Hi! Do you use the gripier side of the bat to hit forehand or backhand??

  56. Hamza Superior Posted on January 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I like table tennis

  57. Musa Mondoma Posted on January 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    you did not show his foot word during that move

  58. Sakshi Bhardwaj Posted on February 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    table tennis will become a famous sports one day because of you awesome guys. Thank you!

  59. PrepareForBattle Колесник Posted on February 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for your lessons! Pretty useful and positive!

  60. Juan Barroco Posted on February 27, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    when we are hitting the ball, are we supposed to be holding the bat tight, or should we just relax? Thanks

  61. Nikolas Owen Posted on March 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    How to do a Topspin Smash?

  62. Hassan Almalki Posted on April 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    فيديوهات تدريب رائعة جداً، أشكر صاحب القناة.

  63. dannah Posted on April 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    What is the difference between flick and smash?

  64. igor goga Posted on April 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Alois, it is ok to bend the wrist back (like holding a "big" tennis racket) on this shot?Normally it is a big no no.

  65. Paul Raymond Posted on May 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    so helpful thanks

  66. Sunil Thariq Posted on July 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    your channel is awesome.. thank you for the lessons.

  67. Shawn Chang Posted on July 4, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I noticed on the last stroke, Jeff stepped his left foot forward instead of the right.

  68. Shaurya Bahl Posted on September 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Hello PingSkills I am having problem in stopping the smashes in table tennis…plz help me

  69. Hans-Peter Mair Posted on September 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

    You two are doing the best videos, with the best explanaition on Youtube. So please keep on, I love to see more from you.

  70. rama krishna Posted on September 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    very good explanations..
    these tips are helping a lot when I play with friends, especially back hand flip stroke.
    nice videos guys.. keep it up

  71. Danny Pietersz Posted on October 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    6:45 service error 😀

  72. Chris Morales Posted on November 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I like the thumbnail. How did you get Russell Crowe to advertise Table Tennis for you guys?

  73. 8128able Posted on December 9, 2017 at 11:09 am

    how to select rubber???

  74. PingSkills Posted on February 3, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for watching. To learn more strokes like this take a look at our website: https://www.pingskills.com/tutorials/intermediate-strokes

    Jeff & Alois

  75. Raj Paudel Posted on February 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I saw u smiling for first time

  76. FedorMachida Last Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I love this move. I tried this today, against a slow, shallow topspin serve and had great results. It takes a lot of practice and I definitely made some errors. Hopefully, I can try the flick tomorrow on a friend that uses shallow backspin serves. I hate those serves. Very frustrating for me. Thanks a lot guys!

  77. Gil Specht Posted on March 6, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Very good instructional video's. 62 yrs old and wishing I would have had instruction like this 50 year ago. These are good for getting the young people up to speed. Then we have someone to play with..

  78. Undying Xavier Posted on March 15, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Hello hello alois or Jeff plump my friend recommended me to hold your arm straight with the racket as well and to lift my wrist up vertically so I can do the forehand flick and I was struggling with so many balls and so when I watch this video I have much better wrist flexibility of my forehead flick and now I can do deadly for him flicks and it does fantastic topspin as well when I open or close the racket ! 🙂

  79. Jayshree Singh Posted on March 15, 2018 at 11:07 am

    thank you!

  80. Milan Klail Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Flick Forhend

  81. Undying Xavier Posted on March 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Btw is stiga calibra tour m 1.9 good for backhand to spin

  82. pro royale gamer Posted on May 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    My racket has a really lot of speed so how can i play for not play ball higher or can keep ball on the tabke while topspin

  83. Tu Cao Hữu Posted on May 16, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Thank you so much, it is very useful for me.

  84. Alfredo Arbe Posted on May 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    very good, learned a lot

  85. Shweta J Posted on July 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    sir which is ur racket plz tell price of dat

  86. kapil kumar saini Posted on August 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi by watching your vedios i have won the national championship of table tennis

    Thanks pingskills

  87. Manish Kohli Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Sir it's difficult learning skills on line, do you give training and what's the process? I really wants to improve my tt

  88. Niki Nikolov Posted on August 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Hello, Alois, thanks for the great videos! I am a right-hander but I feel it naturally to step forward with my left leg first. Is this bad for my balance? Should I pay attention and learn to step with my right foot first?

  89. nook and corner Posted on September 8, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Which foot i have to put front to play because my local club is giving practise in left leg to right handed pro players…..

  90. nook and corner Posted on September 8, 2018 at 7:59 am

    How to attack sidespin wide on the table serves…

  91. Stephen Phoenix-Roberts Posted on October 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Thank I think this is the hardest shot for me to learn can do it in practice but not so easy in match’s.

  92. Shailendra Nakrani Posted on March 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hello I'm beginner of the game and learn a lot from you 2 guys. Please keep teach us regularly