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Table Tennis Master Level: Using Fingers (Ma Long’s technique)

Welcome back to my channel. A place to learn table tennis correctly and
with fun. I miss
my Ping Sunday videos so much. The new season has started, and I’m dead! Too busy! No time for making videos. I’m sorry for that. I’ve talked in my previous video (look above)
that: Using Wrist is the University Level, and using Fingers in table tennis is the Master
level. So how to use your fingers to
improve the quality of the shots? “The master level is using Fingers. Which fingers he means? and how we practise
it?”. Today, I will explain this advanced techniques
in table tennis: Using Fingers. First of all, Ma Long said that you should
use your index finger in the forehand strokes. The index finger is a support point, which
helps you feel the ball and add the force to the stroke. You need to apply the pressure on the index
finger. Index finger force: Ma Long applies the force
on the index finger to “guide” the ball, and to accelerate (add more power) if necessary. But how about using Fingers in the backhand
strokes? You can easily see that Ma Long
relaxes his wrist very well. He accelerates right before contact the ball
in the backhand topspin technique. He also uses his thumb to support the stroke
in the backhand block technique. In the backhand shot, the thumb is moved upward. The thumb points to the head
of the racket. This action will stabilize the shots. Look at the grip of Ma Long. Ma Long also cited in his instructional video
that: You should apply the force on your thumb in the backhand stroke. The thumb finger also “guides” the ball. This is the
advanced technique, because it require you execute at the right timing. You should hold the racket loosely. Or just pinch the racket between the index
and the thumb as demonstrated by Ma Long. The thumb points to the direction
where you want the ball to go. Ma Long pointed out that you need to move
the thumb up. Apply the pressure to
the thumb in your backhand stroke. You can clearly see that he pressed down his
thumb before doing the backhand topspin. Look at his grip carefully. There are 2 phases: Relax, and apply the pressure. And he repeated: Relax the thumb,
and Apply the pressure. It’s so clear that the professional players
do change the “grip” before and during the strokes. Another example of using fingers in table
tennis is the “little and the ring finger” of
Zhang Jike. Zhang Jike applies the force to the little
and the ring finger during the forehand stroke. This is unconventional. However, table tennis is a sport that focuses
on the feeling of the ball. It depends on
the personal feel, a large extent determine the quality of the ball. Zhang Jike needs
to do that, because he has the backhand grip. His thumb finger is moved very high. At the young age, Zhang Jike has used the
backhand grip. Look his thumb finger. That’s why he need to apply the force to his
little finger. Otherwise, his racket
will fly away during the forehand attack. This is the example of using the Fingers in
table tennis. If you want to know how to use
the wrist in table tennis, watch the video above. See you, EmRatThich.

David Frank



  1. EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach Posted on October 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Read more at: https://pingsunday.com/use-finger-table-tennis/
    University level: Using wrist: http://y2u.be/4-J6DHLe6TM

  2. nafi uzzaman Posted on October 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I was realizing about this for last 1 month…tx for clearing me about this.

  3. Erman Ekler Posted on October 30, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Coach hi , we miss you so much. Could you please explain also Xu Xin finger pressure point on forehand and backhand stroke. I know you made a video for penhold grip but , on that video it is not so clear. Please make a comment about it.

  4. Haqnawaz Gazdar Posted on October 30, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    thank u so mach for the videos

  5. Dave C Posted on October 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Is there anyway you can improve your reaction speed? Or is it just by playing?

  6. MinPlex Posted on October 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Tabeltennis is like chess on a tabel.

  7. Nicolas Granger Posted on October 31, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Emratthich may I purchase a tee with your emblem so that promote where i learned from.

  8. Jayson Mabalot Posted on October 31, 2017 at 12:41 am

    hai coach .i been .applying the chinese technique in power looping and top spin . .using the power from the ground . .thank you so much for your videos .i improved a lot even my play mates notice the improvement of my table tennis skills.. please continue making videos ..more power ..coach ..

  9. TableTennisInsider Posted on October 31, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Coach how to play against long and short pimples.this really struggles me a lot. Our competition is 6 days away from now an this is really my problem. Can you help coach?

  10. long le Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Các video của anh rất tuyệt, thầy em trước học bên Trung quốc cũng nói về vấn đề dùng cổ tay và ngón tay nhưng em hồi đó mới học nên chưa hiểu gì, giờ xem lại các video của anh mới thấy ngộ đạo 😀

  11. Manjush Bamankar Posted on October 31, 2017 at 4:00 am

    We missed you coach!

  12. agung darmagunawan Posted on October 31, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I hope you are healthy … to always train us, happy to be able to share again thank you

  13. LanBbi / AleMfes OFC - Lance Serrano and Gabbi Garcia Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Coach can you make a video about how to play against pimples. hope you answer

  14. HaVINESyanas OFFICIAL Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Coach, how to play and what are tactics if you're opponent is short and long pimples.

  15. King of Spin Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:08 am

    How about to make a video about long and short pimples. this is also an very important thing in table tennis that i haven't seen in your channel.

  16. Uknown Uknown Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:14 am

    what is tactic against long and short pimples. this thing is what i haven't know yet.

  17. tetsuvn Posted on October 31, 2017 at 8:07 am

    please vietnam subtitle

  18. 쏘가리의 핑퐁라이프 Posted on October 31, 2017 at 10:37 am

    검지는 타구시 볼을 느끼고
    방향과 힘을 부가하고 때론 가속시키는 역활을 한다

    엄지는 타격을 지탱한다

    백핸드 쇼트시
    엄지는 위쪽으로 라켓헤드를 향하며, 이는 타구를 안정화한다.

    백핸드 스트로크시
    엄지는 정확한 타구시간에 힘을 써야야하며, 타구속도와 방향을 향상시킨다.
    타구전 라켓은 가볍게 잡고 엄지는 타구방향이다.
    타구전 이완되었던 엄지는 정확한 타구시점에 라켓에 압력을 가하듯 힘을 적용한다.
    타구전 힘을 뺐다 타구시 엄지누르면서 힘을 빡준다는 말이다

    장지커는 특이하게 타구
    새끼손가락과 약지힘도 쓴다.
    엄지 또한 아주 높게 이동시키면서 짪은 순간 손가락에 느껴지는 볼의 압력을 느끼고 가하는 역활을 한다.

    회에 술사.

  19. Feno Posted on October 31, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I apreciate that you sacrifice your time for making youtube videos, thanks coach!

  20. Rich F Posted on October 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for another great video!

  21. Manjush Bamankar Posted on October 31, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Hello Coach,
    When I play against chopper I lift the ball at very High height so what can I do to get the ball low.

  22. UnseenSpirit Posted on October 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Coach, should I get a long and short pimple blade to play against all these people?

  23. rafeequllah ehsanullah Posted on November 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Should we hold it loose even at the time of stroke

  24. Wojciech Żdżarski Posted on November 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

    The best TT channel I've ever met. Continue your job, It's fantastic. I'd like to see the video about serve return especially sidespin-topspin short serves.

  25. JKL James Posted on November 4, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Hello EmRatThich thank you for making these great videos. And I Congratulate you in advance for the 30k Subscribers.

  26. JKL James Posted on November 4, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I am a player for long time and when I struggle I just watch your videos so thank you again.

  27. rafeequllah ehsanullah Posted on November 5, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Could you please send me a blade my blade has damaged and i cannot afford another blade

  28. rafeequllah ehsanullah Posted on November 12, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I don't want a new blade its ok if it is old one

  29. Thoeun Kong Posted on December 8, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Why do most players (Ma Long, Wang Liqin and FZD) stop their wrists abruptly and upward upon finishing their backhand stroke? I notice players like Kenta Matsudaira follow through on their backhand swings and keep the paddle angled downward instead.

  30. AllAbout RICKY Posted on December 19, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Hello emratthich . I have a problem that i suffer for a long time. It is about the forehand backhand transition. After i saw this video , i become confuse. How do we get the good stroke press our finger and must react quickly? I will be very happy if you made the video about a good forehand backhand transition using fingers . Thanks emratthich

  31. Lakximi Keni Posted on February 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Hello Coach EmRatThich
    Would you pls make a short video of you personally demonstrating of how to apply pressure in the FH stroke.When I tried to do as done in the video,I could not apply pressure by just my index finger.Even my thumb was itself getting pressed just like the backhand pinch.
    Thank you
    Regards from India

  32. Şeytani Patates Posted on April 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    aaa türkişsin

  33. Bihari hackers ??? Posted on April 26, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    For Left hander

  34. М.М KARAKAYA Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:19 am

    please i need same video for penhold style

  35. Soda Sudi Posted on May 17, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Yaw bu çinlilerde cok iyi oynuyor keske bizim ukkeye de gelseler Turkiye 😍🇹🇷

  36. Diuable Posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:32 am

    thank you for sharing this.i was always use to just driving the ball back with my backhand and it doesnt have enough power, nor did i have the power to loop backspin. but my placing my thumb like ma long. i have been able to do backhand openers against backspin consistently which has is amazing because the receiver is force to block and i finish with the forehand.

  37. FedorMachida Last Posted on March 11, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Awesome video! Thanks Sir.

  38. Ozzo Posted on July 16, 2019 at 3:40 am

    I think badminton also like this 🤔

  39. Star Platinum Posted on October 5, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I always use my fingers when chasing the ball then if i dont chase it i stretch my finger