You can’t survive in modern table tennis without a good backhand topspin or backhand drive technique. Coach EmRatThich gives you the best 3 tips to perform the aggressive backhand attack. This stroke is not as powerful as the forehand topspin, but it’s a quick attack close to the table.
Backhand topspin vs backhand loop
In general, backhand topspin and backhand loop techniques are similar in table tennis. Some coaches would prefer that the loop is the topspin far from the table.
But they output the same result: the topspin ball generated by the backhand stroke.
Backhand topspin vs backhand drive
The backhand drive technique is a shortened version of the topspin technique. The backhand drive is used to control the pace of the ball. While the backhand topspin is used to attack and win the point.
The driving technique generates less speed and spin than the topspin technique.
Backhand topspin basic techniques
Backhand topspin is performed in front of your body. To do it properly, you need to drop your racket down and fold your abdomen. The advantage of backhand topspin is the speed. It’s not as powerful as the forehand attack, but with a backhand drive or backhand attack, you can control the pace of the game.
Put your elbow forward and use your elbow as the axis of rotation which generates the power of the stroke. Drop your racket down, accelerate and hit the ball at its highest position. Follow through and come back to the natural position. The key point of the backhand topspin is consistency and speed. Don’t hit too hard, but hit it quickly.
3 Tips Backhand Topspin in Table Tennis:
Here are the 3 tips to do the backhand loop correctly: Using the wrist, bending the abdomen, and the elbow near the body center.
Use your wrist for this stroke. The wrist is placed in the middle of your body and the ball. Brush the ball at the position of 2 o’clock.
Because you hit the ball in front of your body, don’t rotate your hip like the Forehand topspin, but just lower your knee, and bend your abdomen. This action is quick and can add power to your backhand topspin.
Don’t open too much your elbow, keep your elbow at the center of your body. If you open too much, the ball can go to the side of the table, and you don’t have enough time to fold the elbow for the next shot.
Learn to control the ball with spin and consistency first. And then, drop your racket down further, and accelerate to add more power later to your backhand loop technique.
If you want to attack the ball over the table, use the backhand flick.
Watch the Ma Long backhand technique to topspin the heavy backspin ball.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.