Table Tennis Backhand Topspin Technique

You can't survive in the modern table tennis without a good backhand topspin or backhand drive. Coach EmRatThich gives you the best 3 tips to perform your aggressive stroke. This shot is not as powerful as the forehand topspin attack, but it's a quick attack backhand close to the table.



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 folding 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 generate the power of the stroke. Drop your racket down, accelerate and hit the ball at it's highest position. Follow through and come back to the natural position. The key point of the backhand topspin is the consistency and speeds. Don't hit too hard, but hit it quickly.

3 Tips Backhand Topspin in Table Tennis:

  1. 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
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

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If you want to attack the ball over the table, use the backhand flick. Watch the lesson for the backhand flick here.

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