Timing when to flick and when to push

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 3 years ago

Abdulrahman  Emam

Abdulrahman Emam Asked 3 years ago

Im an offensive player i mostly try to flick all the short balls but alot of them I can't get them to the other side and sometimes I push alot even the chance balls when I play too safe I want to know how to play safe and offensive 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Abdulrahman,

The main factor is the type of spin on the ball and the height of the serve.

If the ball is lower with more backspin then a push is more appropriate.  If the ball is higher with no spin or topspin then a flick is the option.

However there are a lot of options in between.  This becomes a choice that you make as you start to gain experience with reading spin and recognising the height of the ball early.

We have a tutorial for our Premium members on this.  Take a look at what is available in Receiving Options.


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