Topspin flick racket contact point

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Asked 4 years ago

Hi Alois,

I'm trying to learn the topspin backhand flick and I'm finding it to be an extremely difficult shot.  As I progressed, I noticed that it is much easier to lift backspin and nospin balls if I contact the ball with the very tip of my racket. However, it requires absolutely perfect timing. So I have two questions:

1) Should I keep trying to hit the ball with the tip or it indicates that there is something wrong with my technique?
2) If it is OK, should I transfer this skill (hitting the ball with the very tip) to my full size backhand topspin against backspin?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Ilia,

Hitting with the tip is OK.  That is where the racket is moving at its fastest.

For the topspin against backspin you can hit the ball towards the tip but also more towards the leading edge.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 4 years ago

Thank your response in the show! I just wonder why people don't emphasize this in tutorials. Even when I trained with a coach, he didn't reveal it to me. In tutorials, people usually talk about cocking wrist, finishing higher and so on. But the contact is usually missed and in my practice I find it to be a really crucial thing.

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