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Forehand Flick

Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

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.

Thoughts on this video

Archel Taneka

Archel Taneka , thought...

on the 01-Aug-2012 09:13:51 PM

Hi, Alois,Now I know how to flick, but how do I handle the flick itself?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 01-Aug-2012 10:46:36 PM

Hi Archel,

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.


Archel Taneka

Archel Taneka , thought...

on the 03-Aug-2012 06:11:41 PM

So, it's like to lob the ball when counter the flick?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 03-Aug-2012 07:05:09 PM

More of a topspin rather than a lob but you need to lift the topspin because of the speed of the ball.


Utkarsh Mishra

Utkarsh Mishra , thought...

on the 22-Oct-2012 06:24:49 PM
I have an adidas repulse 100 ,is it a good racket.
Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 22-Oct-2012 06:43:26 PM

I don't know that Adidas bat. Hopefully others can help you out.


Utkarsh Mishra

Utkarsh Mishra , thought...

on the 26-Oct-2012 11:07:57 PM
Alois can I mail u a video of my new shot I made.Can u tell me is it good shot or bad shot.
Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 26-Oct-2012 11:12:31 PM

Sure Utkarsh.


Haris Ansari

Haris Ansari , thought...

on the 06-Feb-2013 10:57:42 PM

hi Jeff

I also want to send you my video on my pendulem serve but how is it possible ?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 06-Feb-2013 11:15:31 PM

Hi Haris,

We generally only have time to look at videos from our premium members these days.


Het Patel

Het Patel , thought...

on the 27-Mar-2013 10:04:06 AM

i need to buy table i need help...

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 27-Mar-2013 10:44:17 AM

What sort of table are you looking for.  Indoor, outdoor?  Foldaway or premanently set up?


Esteban Mendez

Esteban Mendez , thought...

on the 04-Apr-2013 09:19:55 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 04-Apr-2013 10:14:06 AM

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.


Esteban Mendez

Esteban Mendez , thought...

on the 05-Apr-2013 12:27:49 PM

What if the ball comes to the middle? I have trouble returning a short ball down the middle.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Apr-2013 08:39:49 PM

You can move one side or the other to give yourself space to make the forehand or backhand.


mark coronel

mark coronel , thought...

on the 13-Jul-2013 08:52:44 PM

sir alois why is it kinda awkward to do for me and sometimes go to the middle where they can hit it easily


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 13-Jul-2013 10:46:41 PM

Hi Mark,

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.


Eshaan Mishra

Eshaan Mishra , thought...

on the 27-Sep-2013 05:45:34 PM

instead of flicking the ball straight is it possible to make the ball spin along?

how?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 27-Sep-2013 07:18:27 PM

You can brush the ball slightly like a small forehand topspin.


Eshaan Mishra

Eshaan Mishra , thought...

on the 29-Sep-2013 06:27:03 PM

thanks.

 


musab kara

musab kara , thought...

on the 01-Oct-2013 06:40:21 AM

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..  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 07-Oct-2013 10:44:07 AM

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.


Abdiel Maldonado

Abdiel Maldonado , thought...

on the 02-Nov-2013 09:52:29 AM

Finally someone showed me the forehand flick correctly! Thanks Alois! 


Rory Goulding

Rory Goulding , thought...

on the 25-Mar-2014 02:14:05 PM

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?

Thanks.

 

r.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 25-Mar-2014 09:04:36 PM

Hi Rory,

Give the flick a try.  For a no spin serve, have your bat flat or even a little over the top of the ball.


Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay , thought...

on the 07-Jul-2014 04:03:27 AM

Hey Alois,

Can the flick return be used if the serve is short and low and has backspin?  


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 07-Jul-2014 10:56:01 PM

Hi Abhinav,

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!


Miso Real

Miso Real , thought...

on the 27-Apr-2015 11:22:23 PM

Jeff had his left leg upfront in the very last shot, and also on at least one other before.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 28-Apr-2015 07:26:22 AM

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.


Nigel Fewster

Nigel Fewster , thought...

on the 29-Apr-2015 07:20:25 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 29-Apr-2015 09:16:46 AM

Will do.


miguel iglesias

miguel iglesias , thought...

on the 03-Oct-2015 08:12:34 AM

bueno,el contacto de la raqueta y el movimiento de la muñeca es simultaneo?,la posicion del jugador es frontal a la mesa?

gracias


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 03-Oct-2015 10:54:03 AM

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.


Johan B

Johan B , a premium member said...

on the 16-Oct-2015 06:19:54 PM

Finally getting the hang of it! Did a ton of them when receiving in doubles last nightlaughing 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?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Oct-2015 08:22:36 PM

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.


Johan B

Johan B , a premium member said...

on the 16-Oct-2015 10:12:54 PM

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


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De , thought...

on the 18-Oct-2015 09:31:26 PM

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?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 19-Oct-2015 08:14:33 AM

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.


Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett , thought...

on the 04-Nov-2015 08:32:04 AM

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Nov-2015 09:55:40 AM

Glad to hear it is working for you Stephen.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De , thought...

on the 30-Nov-2015 01:26:00 PM

Hi Alois

           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)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 30-Nov-2015 02:04:17 PM

Yes open the angle when there is more backspin on the ball you are trying to flick.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De , thought...

on the 30-Nov-2015 02:17:22 PM

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.)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 30-Nov-2015 02:19:30 PM

Yes more with the backspin ball.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De , thought...

on the 01-Dec-2015 01:12:26 AM

Thanks


jim soltes

jim soltes , thought...

on the 04-Apr-2016 12:31:44 PM

How do you decide whether to use the flick or the push?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 04-Apr-2016 02:08:33 PM

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?


Nick W

Nick W , thought...

on the 23-May-2016 04:34:07 PM

For my penhold short pips-out rubber, how do i need to adjust to attack a weak backspin push? Thanks.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 24-May-2016 08:32:14 PM

Hi Nick,

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.


Joseph Pak

Joseph Pak , thought...

on the 15-Oct-2016 02:27:07 PM

How would you practice w/out a ping pong table?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 15-Oct-2016 02:36:13 PM

Hi Joseph,

Take a look at our tutorial on this in our Training Secrets section on Practicing Alone.  I think this will give you some ideas.


Joseph Pak

Joseph Pak , thought...

on the 15-Oct-2016 02:41:45 PM

Thank you!


jan tan

jan tan , thought...

on the 01-Nov-2016 12:13:36 AM

How do I hit with my mid pips(shake hands style) fore hand. ? Same as short pips?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 01-Nov-2016 12:31:08 AM

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.


jan tan

jan tan , thought...

on the 01-Nov-2016 12:44:47 AM

Ok tks Alios will try out tomorrow 


mohammed ayan

mohammed ayan , thought...

on the 27-Nov-2016 11:23:02 PM

how to do a havy side spin


Vincent Heveroh

Vincent Heveroh , thought...

on the 28-Nov-2016 05:18:01 AM

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

paddle.

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Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 28-Nov-2016 05:55:01 AM

Hi Vincent,

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.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 28-Nov-2016 05:56:51 AM

Hi Mohammed,

You don't want to do a sidespin with this stroke.  Just hit it flat and with some speed.


mohammed ayan

mohammed ayan , thought...

on the 28-Nov-2016 11:34:54 PM

thank

if a havy flick comes what should i do sir its vary hard for me plz help

 


Johan B

Johan B , a premium member said...

on the 29-Nov-2016 03:54:21 AM

Heavy in terms of spin or speed?