Backhand Flick vs Backhand Sidespin Flick (Banana Flick)

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 5 years ago

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Asked 5 years ago

Hi Coach,

I want to ask what is the difference between Backhand Flick and Backhand Sidespin Flick (Banana Flick)? What are thier advantages. 

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Tushar,

The sidespin flick is a more complex shot but in a way can be easier against a backspin ball.  It is a more difficult shot to return as well.  I guess that is why it has become so popular.


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Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 5 years ago

Which could be best against heavy sidespin?


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 5 years ago

You can try to brush over the top of the ball, i.e. a topspin flick. This should be not hard to do, since you're avoiding the spin in this case.


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 5 years ago

Maybe you r talking about forehand flick?

If so I will try it. Thnx for the advise.


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 5 years ago

No, I'm talking about the backhand topspin flick aka topspin over the table. It is like sidespin flick, but you brush more the top of the ball, rather than side. You can look at this demonstration, notice that he generates mostly topspin with very little sidespin if any.


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 5 years ago

It is a backhand flick only but with a twist of backhand sidespin flick and yes it is effective.



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