How to hit a backhand to the opponents forehand

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 5 years ago

Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks Asked 5 years ago

I used to raise my elbow to get the angle on the bat  - but I understand that is poor technique (probably because you can’t get as much topspin on the ball). So how do I adjust the angle to get the ball to the opponents forehand side - should I change the starting position of my body? Rotate my forearm? Change my wrist position? I’m confused ;(

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Chris,

You can do this in two ways.

You can hit the ball a little later or you can change the angle of your wrist.  Either way will give you the result you want.

By hitting the ball little later the angle of your hand will naturally hit the ball down the line.  You can change the angle of your wrist as well.  You don't need to change the stroke just change the angle of the bat by turning your wrist back.

We do have a tutorial on this for Premium members as well. Backhand Down the Line.


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