Backhand topspin off backspin technique

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Matthias Boos

Matthias Boos Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

I noticed that here in China the coaches seem to teach a different technique for the backhand topspin off backspin. Generally speaking, the stroke is smaller than shown in your video and the use of wrist and lower arm rotation is maximized. The bat moves somehow from 'the belly' forward. The stroke is much less vertical than shown in your video. What are advantages and disadvantages?

Cheers, Matthias

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Matthias,

The shorter swing and use of more wrist and forearm is the more advanced stroke.  However, when you have more time and you are in a good position you can still play the bigger stroke and utilise more power.  This stroke will be more horizontal however.  Watch the best players and when they have more time and swing on the backhand they have a long fast stroke.

The more vertical stroke is good to start with as it is difficult to generate enough speed with your racket head when you are working on getting the correct contact and swing.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

For some reason I find swinging forward more natural to me, even playing against block. Finishing somewhere up and on the side is so awkward so it destroys my stroke completely.

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