Improve timing for a backhand counterhit

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Anish Rao

Anish Rao Asked 8 years ago

Hello Coach,

It has been 6 years i am playing table tennis almost everyday. I am always facing a problem with backhand counter hit timing. There is everything fine with block and backhand topspin but often it happens in between the rally that the ball goes suddenly inside the net or out of the table while playing a backhand counter. Please suggest me something to hit all the counter balls on the maximum height with a slightly closed angle and adjust to all types of balls received on my side(improving overall timing).

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Anish,

Timing is something that you can learn with your ears.  Listen to the sound the ball is making when you are hitting.  See if you can pick up the rhythm of the ball and keep that constant.

You will start to hear when you are hitting the ball earlier or later by the sound.  If you focus on this during your training a while you will find that you timing will become more consistent.

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martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 8 years ago

I don't understand very well, can you explain more thanks

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

While you are playing listen to the ball bouncing on the table.  It will make a rhythm almost like a song.  Try to keep the beat the same and the timing will stay the same.

martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 8 years ago

yes, ping......pong

Anish Rao

Anish Rao Posted 8 years ago

ok. I will surely try it out and will reply you soon. Thank you so much for this small interesting tip.

Gholamreza Fathpour

Gholamreza Fathpour Posted 7 years ago

That is exactly what I am doing right now with my backhand stroke. 

for counterhit/counterloop, I am just listening the sound of bounce of the ball on my side and make a contact with a rhythm to have the same timing all the time


for backspin loop on the backhand I keep an eye on the ball while it is traveling over the net I am preparing my shot which includes get into right position and do a bit of back swing, once it bounces on the table I start my stroke. 


I found it quite easy to follow and hope it will help 


Josef Novy

Josef Novy Posted 7 years ago

I have the problem with listening to rhytm.

When the game slows, I hear the sound slowing down, and my moves (both legs and strokes)  also slows down. And instead of being in the position earlier, I move slowly and the topspin played with slow movement fails.

Any tips to this ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

@Josef, this is a common problem.  Try to make a new rhythm, where there is a fast beat and then a slow beat... The fast beat is the feet moving and the slow is the hitting.

Rajan Pradhan

Rajan Pradhan Posted 7 years ago

Respected Sir 

I am players TT last four years but never I listing a should of ball and movement retham with sound can you explanation me in some bring. It will veryhealpful for me. 

Thanking you 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Rajan,

.Could you please try explaining your question again because I can not understand what you are asking.

Anish Rao

Anish Rao Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Alois,

It has been almost a year and the technique you suggested worked for me effectively.

Best Regards.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

That is great to hear Anish.

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