Now that we’ve mentioned some forehand techniques In this video, I’ll show you how to do backhand a BANANA FLIP~~ Why I’m talking like that?.-. This shot is an over-the-table mini version of backhand loop It could be spiny, or it could be like a loop drive For those people who like topspin to topspin rallies, this shot would fit them very well because you have the initiative first and then you can start doing your backhand forehand top to topspin Some great examples are Fan Zhendong, Ovtcharov,Zhang Jike, Wang Hao, etc. Again, I’ll starting by talking about footwork It’s again two steps (if you haven’t seen my last video I did on the short push) They have the same steps So first step I return to my ready position,then I do a side shuffle to get into position and do the shot In fact, you can have three situations, in this video, I’ll focus on this point and this point For this point, you need to step in your left
foot and then do a flip This position is easier, and that is very far If you anticipate your opponent to serve to that side, then you return to your ready position Then, you need a big step, you side shuffle over here and sometimes you need to adjust even more in order to get into position, and your waist rotated to have power So two steps, you step in and get really close to the ball and that’s the same as your forehand push It gives you a good feeling and consistency of the ball So once you’re in the [right] position, thefirst step of your stroke is to stick out your elbow like this Some people just put it here, you won’t have enough space [As] you stick out your elbow, rotate your wrist inward and also your forearm Your elbow has to be in front and your arm,this has to be behind This whole thing works like a spring and you’re compressing it to the furthest point Once you release the spring, power also releases So remember in this shot, your elbow is not the pivot If you wanna say a pivot point, then I would
say somewhere in the middle of your forearm Then, at this point, you’re drawing back your elbow At the same time, this part will move forward,like a seesaw Then, at the same time, you should add force
and use your wrist Use your wrist as much as possible, it’s already
here and then use this part You have the advantage of this part; for a
penholder, it’s easier because your wrist is freer Once you’re at this point, then you need to hold your grip: you need to stop instantly Don’t evernevereverneverever go beyond this point No.. too big.. just stop right here..X4 So the key to this ball is brushing, especially when the coming ball has backspin on it You need to brush it quite thinly in order to have it over the net If you hit it too flat, it’s gonna go down the net..So you need this arc/brushing Another important point I want to add on is that you have to find position You have to find the position where the coming ball is on your left side because if you’re retracting your wrist like this, you can’t aim the ball here [in front],you’ll miss the ball So aim it somewhere here [on your left], and when you go forward, that’s gonna hit the ball So again, like forehand flick, you need to use your waist and legs And still you’re not moving it that much, but you can still see this tightening of your belly and body So if the ball is on this side, then you can’t
just face the ball like this because if you move your waist, the ball’s
going to that side So you have to then rotate your waist to your
left, start here and rotate your waist that way Or you point your left [hip].. rotate forward Not only do you have to judge placement of
the coming ball, you also have to determine the spin It’s very important to adjust your stroke all the time For example, if the coming ball has heavy backspin, then you probably need to keep your racket more vertical, like this Your direction of force should be upward first
then brush forward That also works when you’re flipping down
the line since it has a shorter distance So you need to brush upward for it to go over the net And conversely, if you’re dealing with side topspins You can just keep your racket raletively flat, then move forward That’s similar to flipping across the court or here.. since it’s longer and further to the net, then you can just go forward Now if you’re comfortable & consistent in this practice, you can add sidespin and even backspin to the ball By tilting your racket certain angles.. so this is topspin.. If you tilt it this way and contact the ball
on the side, then you have sidespin Even better, if you’re a penhold, then you
can actually come under the ball to create backspin Also, you can use sidespin when you’re returning super heavy backspin because it’s harder to actually contact the center [of the ball] Trying to go on the side helps you
reduce some of that pressure [~balls flying~] Finally, you have to always keep in mind that this is only for when they’re serving short,then you can take the initiative But when the ball is long, you can just use your backhand/forehand loop There’s not enough (as much) power when you just banana flip a ball Also, when the ball is high near the net, you can just go flick it, you don’t need all this work

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