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Backhand flick technique in table tennis with Chinese coach

Coach EmRatThich explains to you how to do a strong backhand flick in table tennis based on a tutorial of Zhao Yiyi from the chuantt website. This backhand technique is becoming the standard stroke in table tennis nowadays.

Why backhand flick is so important?

It is used to attack the short ball, with topspin or underspin at your backhand side. This tutorial is in the series of “fundamental table tennis lessons” explained by coach EmRatThich.

This technique can be learned easily:

SUPER EASY backhand flick technique (beginner / intermediate level)

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The flick is a wrist and forearm-based move against a short ball. The starting position is the same as for the short push, so the player can flick or push the ball short or long with a quick adjustment of the wrist and modify the direction, speed, and spin.

backhand flick of Fan Zhendong with high elbow
a backhand flick of Fan Zhendong with a high elbow

While a horizontal stroke is used against the backspin, the flick will use an upward, brushing action when dealing with the opposite type of spin. The spin of the opponent’s ball will be lessened by a solid impact.


4 steps to learn the backhand banana flip

The backhand flick is also called backhand “banana flip”. Here are the most important steps:

  • Step 1: Lift your elbow
  • Step 2: Step toward the table, turn the wrist
  • Step 3: Flip the ball
  • Step 4: Acceleration and brush the ball

Watch the ball closely. Lift your elbow. You must lift and put your elbow forward. If you keep your elbow close to your body, you can’t use your elbow as the axis of rotation. By putting the elbow forward, you can now easier to turn back the wrist toward your body. This step is crucial to making a good impact on your backhand flick.

Step toward the table put the elbow up and forward, turn the wrist maximum so the blade points to your body. Relax the grip, and accelerate when the ball is at the highest position.

Traditional Backhand Flip vs Banana Flip

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Hold the racket loosely. Loosen grip helps you turn back your racket easily. Prepare well for the stroke, and accelerate at the moment. Flip the ball at its highest position. Look at my video about timing in table tennis. Turn back the wrist so the racket head can point to your body. If you can’t do that, it means that you hold your racket too firmly. Relax more.

Accelerate and brush the ball at its highest position. If you are too far from the table, you can miss the good timing to flip the ball. The closer you get to the ball, the better chance that you can hit it properly and impact a good power.

This technique sometimes is called a backhand banana flip. To attack the short ball on your forehand side, you can use the forehand flick technique.

This is the video to learn this technique:



If you struggle with the backspin ball (you can’t attack the underspin ball with your backhand), read Ma Long’s backhand technique.

How to flick like the top Chinese player, Fan Zhendong?

How to Backhand Flick like Fan Zhendong | Table Tennis

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This backhand flick technique is the traditional technique: “banana flick” or “Chiquita flick”. Do you know the new backhand flick technique “boomerang flick”?

Backhand techniques tutorial 2022 with Yan An

Today let’s learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An. Amateur players are most interested in this technique, but it is also the most difficult technique to master!

Former national player Yan An will teach you how to do the backhand flick technique correctly. The tutorial is translated by EmRatThich.

He recommend you to add sidespin in your backhand flick.

Fold your wrist
Fold your wrist


This is the video:

Learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An

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He said:

Today I would like to share with you a backhand technique that you usually ask a lot. The technique of backhand flick is first shot of receiving the serve.

relax and use your elbow
relax and use your elbow


You have to judge the opponent’s serve point. The grip handle must be fully relaxed. You can create friction completely in order to counteract the spin of the opponent’s serve.

Note that the position of the jump (bounce) should be relatively close to the ball as much as possible.

Judge the bounce of the ball
Judge the bounce of the ball


Flick is relatively close to the ball. If it is found that the opponent’s serve is spinning then we might be a little bit sidespin.

Backhand flick technique with Chen Meng

We have several videos about the backhand flick technique.
Today, let’s recall some basic steps of the backhand flick (with Chen Meng).

Hit the ball at the peak of the bounce
Hit the ball at the peak of the bounce

The backhand flick is a stroke in table tennis that is used to return topspin and backspin shots. Here are the steps for executing a backhand flick:

  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight balanced on the balls of your feet.
  • Hold your racket with a relaxed grip.
  • When the ball comes to you, use your non-racket arm to help guide it into the correct position for the stroke.
  • As the ball bounces off the table, use a quick wrist snap to generate power. Contact the ball at the peak of the bounce (position 3).

It may take some practice to get the timing and technique right, but with a little bit of practice, you should be able to execute a good backhand flick.

Learning the backhand flick of Chen Meng

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9 thoughts on “Backhand flick technique in table tennis with Chinese coach”

  1. Your problem is timing. (this is the common problem of many amateur players). How to fix it?
    Do many multiball trainings with your coach. Learn to wait for the ball. Read more about timing in table tennis. Search for “timing pingsunday”, I’ve explained it. Hit at the right timing helps you improve to the next level!

  2. Hello Coach, iam really impressed by your technique and would like to take some help from yourself.I use Timo Boll ALC with Donic S2 rubbers.Iam a attacking player , I miss most of the forehand topspin in haste and iam too very aggressive which I feel is my shortfall. I am not able to control my temptation to hit loose balls and high balls instead of topspin.Kindly advice me .Greatful to you.

  3. Hi Emrattich,

    I wonder if you know if it’s better to use with chinese rubber or european tensor rubber to preform the banana flick.

    I’m using both FH and Bh chinese rubber now.
    Blade Hurricane long 3/ FH DHS national H3 orange sponge max/ BH DHS Skyline 3 thickness 1.8

    Please advise.

    • This is the feedback of a player: “I have changed my rubber to DHS Hurricane 3 provincial about 2-3 months ago. So now i feal a difference between Chinese and European techniques. Chinese is more comfortable for me now”

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  5. Gud pm coach emrathich, just want to know that because of this video my bh flick has improved a lot, ty very much. I’m from the Philippines and in an class b player. Just want to ask that I’m tenergy 80 for my bh and donic bluefire m2 for my ft. Is that enough or do I need to change my rubber? BTW, I’m using a donic black devil balsa carbon blade. Tnx and I’ll w8 for ur reply.

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