Have you been wondering how to flick or flip?
I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills.com and we are going to show you have to do the stroke
today. The basics of the flick are to make sure that your hitting the ball in a forward
motion. You bat starts quite flat and comes forward.
With the flick you have to make sure that the contact is nice and flat. That’s to generate
some pace. If you topspin the ball you’re not going to generate much pace and the flicks
going to be quite slow. So think about making sure your hitting the ball right at the top
of that bounce so you can hit the flat. It’s almost like a smash, it’s like a mini smash
from here just smashing the ball onto the table. When you are playing the flick the starting angle of your bat depends on the amount of backspin or topspin that the opponent has given you. If the other person has put a lot of
backspin on the ball you need to start with your bat quite open with the forehand side
facing up. If they put some top spin or sidespin on the ball you can start to come over
the ball with your bat. So with the back spin open your bat up and
come forward with side spin and topspin you can have your bat flat or over the ball a
little bit to come over the ball and hit the ball down and onto the table. Your movement for the flick is to move in closer to the table. The way to do this is to put your right foot under the table. That will get you closer to the ball to make
your flick. The flick is often used as a return of serve
off a short serve. So if they serve with some side spin or top spin that’s your cue that
you can flick. You can also flick off backspin serve but
remember that you need to get the angle of your bat quite open so that you can get the
ball over the net.

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99 thoughts on “Table Tennis Forehand Flick”

  1. wow great video. i thank you guys so much. ive been trying to improve my game so much. and your videos have helped me quite a bit. unfortunately ive reached like a platue and it seems like instead of getting better. im getting worse. and people that i play against are beating me so easily. yet i know that i am capable of beating them as i have done in the past. they dont even play with spin. or power. or form. i dont know what to do. but thanks guys for all your help. ill keep trying =]

  2. Hi,

    You need to use a reputable Table Tennis brand and a rubber that is ITTF approved. As long as you have something that allows you to develop you can't go too wrong. If someone is unsure we usually suggest something like a Stiga All-round blade with Mark V or a Primorac OFF- with Sriver. But really it is up to you as there are thousands of choices. Another option is to find a player who is a bit better than you but plays a similar style, then you can ask them what equipment they use.

  3. The basic principles are the same even if you are a penholder. It is quite an advanced stroke so make sure you don't give up too soon. Keep practicing and you'll eventually get there!

    Good luck.

  4. the sriver is good for i would say late beginners , after that i becomes a bit too slow . I have ALAMANA Sound on a Palio Carbon Blade

  5. the idea that sriver is too slow is ridiculous.

    plenty of US2000 (basic mastery level, like a first black belt) still use unglued Sriver L, Sriver EL or Sriver FX.

  6. hello, just wanted to know if there is a lot of backspin from the opponent , can this flick is advisable, as my opponent puts a lot of backspin and my return always ends up in the net. ?

  7. If your opponent puts a lot of backspin on the ball and you cannot play an aggressive flick, another option is to play a short push.

  8. hey i've been a basement player for a while now and i'm interested in gettin better…so i bought some $20 butterfly racket off ebay…is that sufficient enough for a beginner?

  9. Butterfly is a well known brand so it is probably a decent bat to begin with.

    The most important thing to ensure when beginning is that your rubber on your bat has some grip so you can learn how to spin the ball. Learning how to spin and control spin is extremely important in Table Tennis.

    Once you get better you can progress to a custom made bat where you buy the blade and the rubbers separately. This way when the rubbers wear out, you can replace them and keep the blade.

    Good luck.

  10. Take a look at the video and see the distance the ball is away from the body when it is hit. This is a good starting point and you can vary the position slightly to whatever feels most comfortable for you. Once you've figured out the position that suits you most, the trick is to move your feet so you are in a good position to execute the stroke.

  11. i understand how many reaplays do i need?, i don't even know why i pressed the video i don't even like pingis,, i don't even know why i watched the whole shit

  12. normally this shot occurs when the opponent either chopped the ball (to defend it) or just played a short stroke….

    if they serve long, you can always chop the ball in the corner or near the net to make them play a passive shot which you can flick if chance provides 🙂

  13. u know what the problem is…

    we usually never know how much exactly has the opponent spun the ball !..

    btw.. this is something that i do… sometimes i perform -fake- backspin …(result: opponent tries to get it higher and the ball goes over the table)

    very usefull 😀 …try it especially in serves.. it will fool the opponent if he's not an expert !

  14. @vincentsonex.
    I wish I could beat the best player in my school.
    He's ranked #1 in Australia and #18 in the world.
    (Under 18 of course)

  15. most pros use tenergy and almana rubbers like timo boll is sponsored for tenergy rubbers- killerspin rubbers arent allowed in competitions anymore 🙁

  16. the bals he play are so long that you can make a normal topspin balls you play with a flick are shorter deeper and morre spine a servis fpr excample

  17. @conman2317 thats impossible isnt it how can the ball be spinning to the right and left at the same time that means the forces are equal so the ball stays in one position physics FAIL

  18. HI!!!
    I´m a begginer but I play very good
    I need help
    What kind of rubber is the best for me?
    I mean, To start playing better

  19. @Dramandoee Thanks for the tip. It is hard to keep the videos short and to the point and show both left and right handed versions. The ideas are the same so hopefully left handers can still benefit from the video.

    We'll see if there is a way to make it better for left handers in our future videos. Thanks for commenting.

  20. @Compantino I'll actually say that the push is the most underrated stroke in table tennis. Lots of people focus on a good loop/top spin/slam/flick/whatever but without a good push you'll be hard pressed to set yourself up for a solid attack.

  21. @Compantino The Chinese excel at the short game in order to set themselves up for the attack. Yes, you can flick loose sloppy serves but a short, spinny low serve will force a push. Without a good push you will be unable to put any sort of pressure on the server and you will find yourself unable to initiate the attack. A massive attack is impressive to watch, but most people don't pay attention to the strokes leading up to that 4th or 6th ball attack.

  22. @Uchihapunisher …
    Try Yasaka Zap… I use J-Penholder…
    Recommended by ping pong shop boss!!!
    In Malaysia RM50 ~RM65

  23. Your videos are great, but they would be so much more enjoyable if ya'll would use more stereotypical Australian words like "beauty" and "heaps." That would seal the deal.

  24. @UHKappaSig That is funny! I'll try and throw in a few of those words next time. Maybe even a streuth and fair dinkum.

  25. @MrHonda161 Are you playing the flick off a backspin ball or a sidspin or topspin ball? If it is sidespin or topspin then you need to try closing the angle of your racket some more and try to get the ball to pass closer to the net without as much clearance. Off the backspin ball it can be difficult if it is low so you may need to try a short push instead. If you want some more information, try using the ask the coach section of our website where we can write more detailed answers.

  26. @BMxJone You don't need to tight a grip when playing Table Tennis. We talk about this in our lesson the grip which you can see on our website.

  27. @Borissss666bag Excellent. It sounds like you have a good serve. You do need decent rubber to be able to generate the spin. You also need a fast brushing contact.

  28. @meandonlyme1998 Yes this can be done with the penhold grip. On the backhand it is a bit different. You probably need to use the reverse side for a flick. As we are shakehand players it is difficult for us to do demonstrations using the penhold grip.

  29. Great video's all of them thanks its great going back to the basics, you dont lose cheap easy points 🙂 thanks again.

  30. @SOULBEATER1 You're welcome. I'm glad you're benefiting from the videos. Make sure you check out our website, we've got heaps more information there!

  31. Hi, This is just great stuff, am a beginner and i've already learnt the forehand and the back hand topspin watching your videos, but there is a problem with regard to this video here, i'am not able to FLICK a short ball that keeps low, what do i do with a short but low ball??? thanks again for all this wonderful videos.

  32. If the ball is low then it is difficult to flick. Another option is to use a short push. If you take a look on our website we have some lessons on the push.

    It's nice to hear you are finding the videos useful. Good luck with your Table Tennis!

  33. I just wanna say, that your video, the topspin off backspin is one of the best, I watched it and it worked miracles for me. For anyone who is having trouble returning the backspin shot, then watch the "Forehand topspin of backspin" video. Thanks PingSkills, that video actually helped a lot. You have my thanks.

  34. You're welcome. It's nice to know that our videos are helping people. Make sure you check out our website for more of our videos.

  35. i don't understand. Why does coming in under the ball and then flicking the ball help deal with backspin? are you basically just scooping the ball up so that you start to hit it upwards but then change it's trajectory? I just don't see how this helps to cancel out the spin

  36. If I'm allowed to ask a question . . . given that I've been playing lawn tennis almost as far as I remember and now when I play ping pong I just cannot get rid of the sensation of lawn tennis. I really enjoy grinding the ball but that does not work with table tennis because its more about who can finish off the ball quicker. Another of my problems is I always find myself defending, often difficult shots, despite liking it I think jeopardises my chances to win. What can be done ?

  37. Great question. If you get a chance, please ask it on our website on the ask the coach section, we have more room to answer in detail there.

  38. Oldies but goodies, after you've mentioned about backhand flick I looked for forehand flick and found this one. So how would you compare these two, forehand vs backhand and when to use each. Thanks for sharing.

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