Improve your backhand attacking stroke
Thursday, February 28, 2002
The best position to do this stroke is from the left side of the table (for right handers) and 50-100 cm far from the table.
The legs are parallel to the table and the knees are bend in 120° angle. They are opened a little more than the shoulders width. The trunk is slightly bend forward. As the ball comes the racket moves downwards to the knee height. The backhand side of the racket is almost parallel to the floor. The forearm forms 140°-160° angle with the arm. The body weight was shared equally to each leg. The trunk bends more foreward during this phase.
From this position the hand starts the forward clockwise movement. The ball contact with the racket takes place just after the ball starting to fall. At the end of the movement the hand is in front and right to the body at the eyes' height. The trunk moves upwards with the legs help. The left hand is slightly bend for balancing reasons.
© Dimosthenis Messinis
Denis' Table Tennis World
Read what others have to say:
Related Articles:How to Serve Like a Pro
Learning from Defeat
The Shakehand Grip
Equipment Facts - Part 2
Equipment Facts - Part 1
Spinning the Ball