Problem with switching to backhand

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 9 years ago

Sameera P K

Sameera P K Asked 9 years ago

Hello Sir,

When i perform switching from forehand to backhand,the forehand is correct. But my natural tendency of the backhand is always to keep the angle of the bat slightly open rather than keeping it in a neutral or closed position.This leads to hitting the ball off the table. But,when i play only backhands during a practice session, I correctly adjust the angle of the bat and keep the ball on the table a lot of times. How can i develop the natural tendency of closing the angle of the bat during switch from forehand to backhand.

Even though the opponent hits a simple topspin to my backhand, due to the open angle, the ball just flies off.  Is there any way to solve my problem.  Please shed some light on this topic. I really get frustated on losing points due to this mistake.

With regards


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Sameera,

This is a common problem.  Practice a lot of drills where you are switching between the forehand and the backhand.  Even at the start of the session instead of just hitting backhands as a warm up you could do the simple drill of one forehand and then one backhand.

It is good that you have discovered this issue.  It is one that a lot of players don’t understand.  Playing repetitive backhands is very different to playing a backhand after hitting a different ball.

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Sameera P K

Sameera P K Posted 9 years ago

What if i get into the ready position by the correct angle of the bat kept towards the backhand side rather than keeping it in a neutral position..

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

It is best to keep it neutral until you see where the ball is coming.  Most of the time though it is a constant movement between the last shot and the next shot rather than going back to a neutral position.

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