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The backhand push is a defensive stroke using backspin to make it hard for your opponent to attack. Watch this video lesson to learn how to play it.
What about the short push?
This is something that we will cover more fully in our videos. The main thing is that you have soft touch and not too much forward momentum on your stroke.
When you are practicing this stroke, are you both pushing back at each other or is the other person counter hitting?
It is easiest if you are both pushing the ball. It is difficult to practice the stroke if the other person is counter hitting.
Hi Alois,Does push is the same as chop?
Hi Archel. A push and chop are both backspin strokes. The push is usually from close to the table and a chop from further away.
thank you pingSkillS
I have a problem with when i hit the ball and it has good backspin, but it flies pretty high in the air. It still lands on my opponents side of the table with good backspin, but it bounces high so he can spike it on me easy. What should i do so it doesn't bounce high?
It is as simple as aiming low. Take a look at some of our ideas in our lesson on Keeping The Ball Low.
When should I use the push? I saw a video of Waldner doing this when returning a service. Can I counter any service of any spin or is it specific to one kind of serve?
It is best with a backspin serve. If the serve has topspin it is more difficult to keep the ball low.
Oh I see. thanks!
Do you have any tips as to keeping the push low? When I try the push, it comes out high and long most of the time. Also, what is the difference between a long push and a short push? Is one better than the other?
To keep it low you need to brush the ball. One simple tool when you are practicing the push is to put a string about 10 cm above the net loke we show you in our lesson on Keeping The Ball Low.
In general it is better to push the ball short so that your opponent doesn't have the opportunity to attack first.
ok, thank you Alois. I will take a look at the video when I can.
why i can't do like that the ball is gonna fly.
Try to hit the ball softer and brush under the ball so that it spins a little. If you hit it flat at the bottom it will fly off.
Hey alois i position on the left side of the table so if my opponent will give a service on my forehand i can spin it but its hard for me to receive a service namely side chop if they put it on my backhand that is short and will like go out of the table
For this move your left foot out wide to get behind the ball. Then you will be in a good position to make a push or flick stroke.
It's quiet hard for me.. im a penhold
When i try to it my ball going too high, then my father smash me
Try to brush the ball more at the base of the ball. If you can get the fine contact it will keep the ball lower.
thank you alois, i'll try to it
well i'm a penholder....but this was a bit helpful
i am having problem with this stroke..whenever i use this backhand push the ball falls on the net..:(
Alter the angle of your racket if the ball is going into the net. Tilt your racket back further and play the same motion with the stroke.
Thank you sir. relay very good teaching.
i am from india
I can do it with spin and not spin. I am nine. I am Cambodian boy and when I am older I go to austalia.
To keep the basics correct, should the backhand push be played in a side on position or with a more open front on position?
You can play it from a front on position. If you try to turn side on when you are closer to the table you will run out of time.
Is there any easy way to learn spin
Hi Suyash, the main thing is to get a brushing contact on the ball. We show you this in our lessons on Serving Secrets.
Thanx my tounament is there can u give me some tips
We have a series on Tournament preparation as part of our 52 Week Training Plan.
Hello Jeff and Alois,
I find it difficult to get a lot of spin on the ball. I am using a Waldner 600 paddle but maybe it is the type of balls I am using (Circuit table tennis balls from Big W).
The balls might be the first problem.
Hi Alois & Jeff,
It looks very easy and simple. I like to copy your style.
Hi do you have any videos on how to return different spin from a serve
We have a section dedicated to this in our Receiving Secrets section. This is part of our Premium Membership. You can access the Premium membership on a Monthly, Quarterly or Yearly membership. Go to the My info link at the top right of the site and you will see the options there.
Hello, a division 1 player made the comment to me when i was pushing with my back hand from a short ball that i was jabbing at the ball so i suppose That I was making contact with the ball and stopping, not following through to straighten my elbow towards the net. In your video you did, Alois mention the follow through. I looked for this but didn't see it with Jeff's play, only twice. So is the follow through only a slight follow through or when would follow through all the way to a straight elbow? Thank you
With time and for a starting stroke you can follow through with your hand all the way through to straighten your arm. As you progress you can shorten the follow through and then even just use your fingers and wrist as the main moving parts for the push.
I will follow through so as you said Alous and then learn the subtlties with time. Thanks so much!
No problems Margie.