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The backhand push is a defensive stroke using backspin to make it hard for your opponent to attack. Watch this video lesson to learn how to play it.
What about the short push?
This is something that we will cover more fully in our videos. The main thing is that you have soft touch and not too much forward momentum on your stroke.
When you are practicing this stroke, are you both pushing back at each other or is the other person counter hitting?
It is easiest if you are both pushing the ball. It is difficult to practice the stroke if the other person is counter hitting.
Hi Alois,Does push is the same as chop?
Hi Archel. A push and chop are both backspin strokes. The push is usually from close to the table and a chop from further away.
thank you pingSkillS
I have a problem with when i hit the ball and it has good backspin, but it flies pretty high in the air. It still lands on my opponents side of the table with good backspin, but it bounces high so he can spike it on me easy. What should i do so it doesn't bounce high?
It is as simple as aiming low. Take a look at some of our ideas in our lesson on Keeping The Ball Low.
When should I use the push? I saw a video of Waldner doing this when returning a service. Can I counter any service of any spin or is it specific to one kind of serve?
It is best with a backspin serve. If the serve has topspin it is more difficult to keep the ball low.
Oh I see. thanks!
Do you have any tips as to keeping the push low? When I try the push, it comes out high and long most of the time. Also, what is the difference between a long push and a short push? Is one better than the other?
To keep it low you need to brush the ball. One simple tool when you are practicing the push is to put a string about 10 cm above the net loke we show you in our lesson on Keeping The Ball Low.
In general it is better to push the ball short so that your opponent doesn't have the opportunity to attack first.
ok, thank you Alois. I will take a look at the video when I can.
why i can't do like that the ball is gonna fly.
Try to hit the ball softer and brush under the ball so that it spins a little. If you hit it flat at the bottom it will fly off.
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