Natural reaction to play backhand

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 5 years ago

Justin Mullins

Justin Mullins Asked 5 years ago


I have noticed that when a fast ball is hit to my forehand side, but close to my crossover point, instead of side stepping or adjusting my body, my natural reaction is to lift my elbow and block with my backhand. This has always worked for me, but in order to advance my game in the future, should I force myself to try to block close to my body with my forehand if it doesn't feel natural to me? I have been working on improving on my forehand, specifically counterhit and loops, but I am always most confident playing backhand, even if it is on the forehand side of my body. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Justin,

I don't think it is terrible that you cover the middle with your backhand.  If you feel that your backhand is stronger then that is fine.  It will only become a problem if you are moving over too far and then you are leaving a gap on your wide backhand that you can't cover.

In training, do a lot of anywhere placement and find a good crossover point for your forehand and backhand that allows you to cover the table most effectively.  Get your training partner to really work at moving you out of position.

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Justin Mullins

Justin Mullins Posted 5 years ago

So if I naturally play backhand when the ball comes a little to the right of my body, does this just mean that my crossover point is shifted farther to the right? To the point that I would naturally switch from backhand to forehand?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Yep that is right.

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