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When your opponent plays a short ball to your forehand, you can play an attacking stroke by using the flick. This stroke is also known as the flip.
Hi, Alois,Now I know how to flick, but how do I handle the flick itself?
You need to move back to cover the speed of the flick. The flick will often feel like it is quite heavy so you need to lift the ball a little more than you may think. Using a topspin is a good way to deal with it.
So, it's like to lob the ball when counter the flick?
More of a topspin rather than a lob but you need to lift the topspin because of the speed of the ball.
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I also want to send you my video on my pendulem serve but how is it possible ?
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i need to buy table i need help...
What sort of table are you looking for. Indoor, outdoor? Foldaway or premanently set up?
Is it a good idea to swing my wrist the other way before doing the actual flick? Like when carpenters use hammers, they bring the hammer up before smacking the nail for that added power and momentum. So is it safe to say that I can do the same but with the flick? I don't know if you understand me.
As you get more comfortable with the stroke you can use your wrist more. I like the analogy of the hammer. You can also use that for the service action.
What if the ball comes to the middle? I have trouble returning a short ball down the middle.
You can move one side or the other to give yourself space to make the forehand or backhand.
sir alois why is it kinda awkward to do for me and sometimes go to the middle where they can hit it easily
It can be an awkward shot. Try to give yourself plenty of space to make the flick by moving sideways. Then think about the actual movement of your hand and bat. Start by doing the stroke slowly to get the feel of lifting the ball.
instead of flicking the ball straight is it possible to make the ball spin along?
You can brush the ball slightly like a small forehand topspin.
I am just used to the standing properly. however the problem is I could not move forward quickly in that position. The other thing I could not be sure to is it a good ball for flick or topspin or just push. How can I decided what I should do. Thanks..
Try to stay on the front of your feet to be able to move quickly. stay down on the ready position as well to use your legs effectively.
Finally someone showed me the forehand flick correctly! Thanks Alois!
Thanks for the video.
i was struggling tonight at the TT club with a short, low, no spin serve. I didn't think about the flick...I guess I need to add that to my drills.
What racket angle should I use to flick a no spin serve?
Give the flick a try. For a no spin serve, have your bat flat or even a little over the top of the ball.
Can the flick return be used if the serve is short and low and has backspin?
It is difficult to flick a low serve that has lots of backspin. In this case you may be better off using a push return. A lot of the top players in the World are now using the backhand sidespin flick on these type of serves. With the backhand sidespin flick you can get a lot more wrist movement on the stroke to generate enough bat speed to lift the ball. The top players can make that look very easy but believe me it is a hard stroke to master!
Jeff had his left leg upfront in the very last shot, and also on at least one other before.
Good to see you noticing this Miso. It was really just me going for a big flick. If you do this you really want to hit the ball well as it's hard to recover fast if someone gets it back. That's why we say in the video put your right foot forward for the forehand flick.
I have found this video extremely useful. I have been trying a number of different approaches to this shot never being happy with any single method. I thank you for giving me a framework which I can employ over the coming months to perfect this shot. I think the key for me is the bending of the wrist back prior to contact with the ball. Please provide more of these quality lessons.
bueno,el contacto de la raqueta y el movimiento de la muñeca es simultaneo?,la posicion del jugador es frontal a la mesa?
Miguel: good contact of the racket and wrist movement is simultaneous?, the position of the player's front to the table?
Yes it all happens at the same time.
Finally getting the hang of it! Did a ton of them when receiving in doubles last night maybe it's the magic of my new PingSkills touch?
I did it like wrist topspin though, rather than a flat hit.. If it didn't have backspin it was basically just a full loop over the table.. Should I work on flattening it out?
Nice to hear! I would try to flatten it out a little each time. You will lose consistency but it will make the store more effective.
Ok, I'll try to learn both! Putting lots of topspin on it did make the ball dip very awkwardly a couple of times though... My opponent backed too far once he realised I'd attack the ball
Alois, if we can do a flick and it has more speed and it is more difficult for the opponent to make a return, why does top players still push the ball?
It is difficult to make a flick hard enough to trouble your opponent. It is often better to play it shorter and then wait for the long ball that you can put full power into.
Open the wrist out! I've found this to be so critical and this is the only video I've seen that mentions this key point. Great video. It helped me a lot.
Glad to hear it is working for you Stephen.
Just to clarify with you, do I need to a change my angle of my bat from opened to closed when doing the stroke of flicking the ball with greater amount of backspin? (Please note that I am also talking about the backhand flick, not only the forehand)
Yes open the angle when there is more backspin on the ball you are trying to flick.
So do I need to change my angle of the bat while flicking the ball ( My starting position is opened and my finish position is closed.)
Yes more with the backspin ball.
How do you decide whether to use the flick or the push?
If there is a lot of backspin or the ball is really low then the better option is a push. If it is little higher or less backspin or some topspin then you can try to flick. Also think about what is best for your game. Do you like the type of rally after a flick or a push?
For my penhold short pips-out rubber, how do i need to adjust to attack a weak backspin push? Thanks.
Open the face of the bat up to allow for the backspin. The short pimples will not give you much lift because of the lower amount of friction but by opening the angle of the bat you will get the ball higher and over the net.
How would you practice w/out a ping pong table?
Take a look at our tutorial on this in our Training Secrets section on Practicing Alone. I think this will give you some ideas.
How do I hit with my mid pips(shake hands style) fore hand. ? Same as short pips?
The medium pips will be a little slower and the ball won't come out as cleanly. You need to hit the ball when it is higher to give yourself a bit more margin for error.
Ok tks Alios will try out tomorrow
how to do a havy side spin
even after watching the video I can't tell if the paddle is moving foreword when it contacts the ball or does the flick begin after the ball hits the stationary
Yes the paddle is moving forward on contact. Relax the wrist and allow it to come through naturally with the stroke. It may take some time to get the timing right.
You don't want to do a sidespin with this stroke. Just hit it flat and with some speed.
if a havy flick comes what should i do sir its vary hard for me plz help
Heavy in terms of spin or speed?