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 quick footwork, you can do the forehand flick to return the ball aggressively. This stroke is also called the forehand flip.
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How to play the forehand flick technique in table tennis?
The flick is a wrist and forearm-based move against a short ball. So that a player can change direction, speed, and spin, as well as a flick or push a ball short or long with a quick wrist change, the beginning position is identical to that of the short push.
In table tennis, how to deal with the middle ball? When the opponent serves to the middle, you will use the forehand flick or the backhand flick? It depends on some situations.
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Here are the 3 steps to do the forehand flick techniques:
Step 1 Footwork
First, you need to step your right foot forward to the table. Your body should lean to the right side.
Step 2 Hitting on the table
Second, contact the ball when it is at the highest position (at its top bouncing position). Depending on how much backspin on the ball, hit the ball at the position of 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock.
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 be a long ball.
3 tips to do the forehand flick correctly
Here are the best tips that you can play this technique correctly:
- 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 acceleration.
- Use the wrist to add the acceleration, and hold the racket loosely for this type of stroke.
Backhand vs. Forehand flick: which is better?
It is possible to return short serves using both approaches, but one is more difficult than the other. The forehand flick can be used infrequently by modern table tennis players because it involves less movement than the backhand flick.
To offset an opponent’s weak backhand side, you can use a backhand flick. If you backhand flip, you expose yourself to left-handed opponents. Known as Ma Long’s forehand attack, the player has a reputation for exploiting the weaknesses of opponents who employ backhand flicks.
For example, Fan Zhendong or Lin Yun-Ju professional table tennis players, use the backhand flick to aggressively return short serves.
The backhand flick is easier to do than the forehand flick since it requires a lot of wrist movement. When dealing with short sidespin and topspin serves, this method is effective.
They’re particularly effective against serves delivered from the backhand side of the court.
Read more: How to choose the right forehand rubbers.
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