Backhand down the line

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

viki sharma

viki sharma Asked 10 years ago


What are the adjustments that need to be made in order to return the ball down the line with the backhand. When I try the stroke, it ends up being very awkward and uncomfortable. Please compare and contrast this with the cross-court backhand stroke.

Thanks in advance!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Viki,

The main thing is to adjust the angle of your wrist and the timing of the ball.  If you hit the ball a little later it will get the ball down the line.  Don't make too much of an adjustment.  It only take a small change. 

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Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Posted 8 years ago

I have seen Jun Mizutani using this technique quite effectively, for example in the 3rd place match against Timo Boll during World Cup of 2010. He tricked Boll several times in that match. 

I wonder if you are just changing the angle of the bat, it will introduce some sidespin on the ball as well?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

It won’t add any significant sidespin because you are only changing the angle slightly.

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