Courtesy of Seth Pech of PechPong

00:00 Intro
00:39 Video Outline Description
01:15 Why is the backhand so Difficult??
02:56 Choosing the right equipment
03:59 Backhand Loop Fundamentals
13:24 Common Mistakes intro (learn how to learn)
15:51 Fault 1 Racket Angle Too Closed
19:23 Fault 2 The Scoop
20:11 Fault 3 The Reach
22:10 Fault 4 The Fade
24:24 The Secret Tip!
26:02 Mastering the variations of the backhand loop
33:38 Drills To Improve variations
35:24 Closing thoughts
35:51 Bonus Tip (Return Board use)

Mastering Table Tennis Skills and Techniques

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a popular and fun sport played by people of all ages and skill levels. It requires good technique and practice to become a skilled player. In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks to help you improve your table tennis skills.

Importance of the Backhand in Table Tennis

Although the forehand hitting box in table tennis is larger and easier to hit than the backhand hitting box, the backhand is equally important. To make a good backhand, shot selection, opponent observation, and understanding the spin of the ball are crucial factors.

Mastering the Backhand Loop

The backhand loop is a popular technique in table tennis. To master the backhand loop, it is essential to focus on the grip, footwork, and stroke itself. Using the shakehand grip, ensure that your forefinger is low, and your thumb is on top of the rubber. Use more pressure with your forefinger and thumb while making a backhand to utilize a little wrist. In addition, stand in a neutral position with your feet shoulder-width apart, and when the ball comes to your backhand, move your left leg slightly to the left to open up space and create an angle. The stroke itself should have a compact backswing, followed by a fast, whipping motion. The one-inch punch technique, which involves a quick, compact stroke with minimal backswing, can be very effective.

Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

One common mistake players make is choosing a racket that is too fast for them, making it difficult to develop a good backhand. Instead of choosing a rubber with maximum sponge, you can opt for 2.0 sponge, which will give you more feeling with the wood and slow the racket down a little bit. Another mistake players make is stepping too far back from the table, making it difficult to make a powerful backhand. In such situations, players can choose to make a small fish from under the table. If the opponent is unable to see how much spin you put on the ball, they will take a smaller swing and be less aggressive. Additionally, players can use too much arm and not enough wrist while making a backhand. A good backhand involves a quick, whipping motion that comes from the wrist.

Mastering the Different Variations

Once you have mastered the basics of the backhand loop, it’s time to learn the different variations. The three common variations are the slow spinny loop, the fast loop, and the banana flick. The slow spinny loop involves a slower, more spinny loop that puts pressure on the opponent. The fast loop is a quick, powerful loop that can catch the opponent off guard. The banana flick involves a quick, flicking motion with a banana-like curve.

Improving Your Overall Table Tennis Technique

Keeping your racket in front of you is essential when playing table tennis. Waiting and seeing what kind of ball your opponent gives you before taking your backswing helps you adjust your shot and make better contact with the ball. Focusing on driving the ball forward is another essential technique. Using your legs to generate power and transferring your weight to your back foot helps to drive the ball forward. Also, focusing on the timing of your shot can be very beneficial.

Pick the Right Equipment

Picking the right equipment is critical to your success in table tennis. Choosing a racket that is not too fast can help slow down the game and improve your backhand skills. Opting for 2.0 sponge instead of a rubber with maximum sponge can give you more feeling with the wood and slow the racket down a little bit.

In conclusion, mastering table tennis skills and techniques is essential for every player.