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?

  • First, you need to step your right foot forward the table. Your body should lean to the right side.
  • 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.
  • Third, quickly come back to the neutral position. Prepare to attack the next shot, the ball returned will definitely a long 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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