Coaching Tip: Backhand Sidespin Push

Guo Yue

When pushing on the backhand, most players are at one of three levels:
• Level One: Get it back.
• Level Two: Do something with it. This usually means one of three things: Quick off the bounce and angled; heavy; or short. This is effective at all levels. But there’s another level. . . .
• Level Three: Do even more!

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Table Tennis Tip: Pushing and Looping Deep Backspin

If you want to play table tennis at a high level, you really should learn to loop any deep backspin ball. There are, of course, exceptions, but they are few (such as choppers and some blockers). On the forehand side, where you have a big hitting zone, you should never really need to push against a long backspin. Think of this as a given – deep backspin to your forehand means you forehand loop. Don’t even think about it, just do it.

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