Last updated on 25-Jun-2012 08:38:34 AM
Hi Alois / Jeff
Often I am in a dilemma whether to push or to flick the short ball. If I am successful in flicking I see that almost always I am at an advantage . Either I get the point immediately as the opponent has not expected the flick or I am in an attacking position and can easily attack furthur returns. However the issue is many a time when I flick the backspin ball it goes into the net and still worse on my backhand side ( i.e the backhand flick ) however I am comfortable with the push and would not face problems , like the flick.
In a rally how does one make the decision whether to push or to flick , if it is a ball with backspin . Is it the height of the ball above the net or is that that you were well prepared an are in good position to make the correct stroke ?
I really wanted to make this decision correctly as I see that when attacking the ball using the flick, its like I am successfull say 2 out of 4 times , so it evens out in terms of winning points.
You need to play each of these balls as they come. A lot will depend on the opponent you are playing. Some players will prefer you to flick and others will prefer you to short push. I know I used to hate players flicking the ball but if they short pushed I would be comfortable.
The height of the ball will also be a factor. If the ball is really low and with heavy backspin then it is safer to short push. The odds would be against you making an effective flick. If however the ball is higher without much spin then you can think about flicking it.
Just see with each match and each ball which will be more effective.