I’ve made a video to explain the Ma Long forehand technique. His technique is so good. That’s why we call it the “textbook forehand”.
Today, we will learn the backhand technique of Ma Long. (textbook backhand of Ma Long).
Ma Long’s perfect backhand techniques
Ma Long demonstrated his backhand attacks for the new book “Guidelines for National Fitness” by the General Administration of Sport.
There are 4 steps to perform the best backhand techniques like Ma Long.
Step 1 – Stance
Stand with your feet parallel or with your left foot slightly forward
Stand slightly wider than shoulder
Bend your knees and abdomen with chest
Place your hand naturally in front of your belly.
This is a very important step. You need to drop your hand naturally. Many amateur players forget this step. “Naturally” means that you need to relax. Relax is the key to generate power and speed. Watch my video “Relax, explode and relax” for this concept.
Step 2: Yin Pai
Never forget “Yin Pai”. Yin Pai is the way you prepare for the stroke. It helps you generate power. Watch this video to understand the “Yin Pai concept”.
Turn your abdomen sideways and drawback your hands and hit forward.
Step 3: Generate the power
Relax and fold your wrists. Keep leaning forward.
At the same time, the elbow joint is anterior and relatively stable!
The elbow joint is the rotation axis to generate the power during your backhand topspin.
Swing the racket forward
Hit the ball from the back to the front right and top
I’ve explained to many players that in your backhand topspin, you need to hit forward. Many new players hit the ball upward. Hitting upward then you will lose power. Remember this: to have more power hit more forward.
Hit the ball early before the highest position
You need to hit before the highest position, to borrow the power of the opponent. Backhand stroke is shorter, so you need to borrow the power.
The main force comes from the forearm when hitting the ball.
Keep the elbow joint stable after hitting the ball.
This is the main mistake that many amateur players forget. Watch this video, to understand the “elbow mistake”.
Step 4: Recovery
Restore the center of gravity to prepare to hit the next ball on the table.