I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills.com and
we are going to show you the backhand Flick today. The backhand Flick is done by starting
with your bat nice and flat and coming forward and over the ball. The other important issue
with the Backhand Flick is to make sure that you are hitting the ball when it’s at the
top of the bounce. That will give you the best chance of getting the ball onto the table.
The contact for the Backhand Flick is very flat so that you’re generating speed. If you
brush the ball on the contact you’ll generate some topspin but not enough speed. So remember
hit the ball very flat almost like a smash. If your opponent places a lot of back spin
on the ball, all you need to do is get your bat quite open and then come through the ball.
That will lift the back spin over the net. If they put side spin, or top spin, or no
spin you can start with your bat quite flat or even starting to angle your bat down a
fraction to make sure the ball goes down onto the table.
Your foot movement for the backhand flick is to move in closer to the ball. Most of
the time you use right foot to move in close to the table.
However if the ball goes out wider you can use your left foot to move in closer to the
ball. This will usually be determined by the corner of the table so if the ball goes out
past the corner of the table you use your left foot to move in. If the ball is inside
of the table use your right foot to go in. The backhand flick is used off a short serve
very often. So if they serve the ball short onto your backhand side that’s the time to
implement the backhand flick. If the other person serves with some back
spin remember to open your bat up and come through forward.
If they serve with side spin, top spin or no spin your bat can be quite flat or even
down over the ball.