Table Tennis Forehand Flick Technique

Table Tennis Forehand Flick Technique

Forehand flick is a difficult technique in table tennis to deal with the short ball on your forehand side. Some players tend to move further to the right side and perform a backhand flick. However, if you don’t have a quick footwork, you can do the forehand flick to return the ball aggressively. This stroke is also called as the forehand flip.

How to play the forehand flick technique in table tennis?

Here are the 3 steps to do the forehand flick techniques:

Step 1 Footwork

First, you need to step your right foot forward the table. Your body should lean to the right side.

Step 1 Move your right foot foreward to prepare for the shot
Step 1 Move your right foot forward to prepare for the shot

Step 2 Hitting on the table

Second, contact the ball when it is at the highest position (at its top bouncing position). Depend on how much backspin on the ball, hit the ball at the position of 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock.

Step 2 - Put your elbow close to your body and prepare to flick the ball on the bounce
Step 2 – Put your elbow close to your body and prepare to flick the ball on the bounce

Step 3 Return back to the ready position

Third, quickly come back to the neutral position. Prepare to attack the next shot, the ball returned will definitely a long ball.

final step - come back to the ready position and prepare to attack the next ball
final step – come back to the ready position and prepare to attack the next ball

3 tips to do the forehand flick

  • Don’t pull the racket behind your body. For the short ball, you must put your racket close to the ball.
  • This stroke is not the forehand topspin counter-attack, you should contact the ball at a lower position, and lift the ball by the acceleration.
  • Use the wrist to add the acceleration, and hold the racket loosely for this type of stroke.

Zhang Jike also trains the new type of backhand flick, called “Boomerang” or “Strawberry Flick” (as a counterpart to the “Banana Flick”).

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