View Full Version : Backhand topsin

12-21-2013, 03:38 PM
I'm an beginner-intermediate player and I have some trouble with my backhand. I use the shakehand grip and I noticed that while I do my backhand loop/drive, my index that is on my backhand side raises. I would just like to know if this is normal, if it doesn't matter or if I should try to modify this.

Tony's Table Tennis
12-21-2013, 03:57 PM
I think, try and play the BH topspin/drive with only 2 fingers - your index and your thumb.
The other 3, let is loose.

This will force you to have more wrist action and forearm power.

12-21-2013, 04:04 PM
When I look at advanced players' BH, it looks like they use all their fingers. Maybe they don't, I just want to verify this before potentially learning something wrong.

12-21-2013, 07:31 PM
I use my spinny backhand like Tony describes. I use pressure with only the thumb and first finger. The rest of the fingers are loose. It is important to have arm/wrist be very relaxed before impact, or the shot will not be very spinny or have any control. Korean coaches never teach the BH this way, their idea of a backhand is to firm everywhere and stable and use BH more for punching and hitting, which requires some stiffness and planting. My ideas are totally backwards to them for the BH.

If you look at who is credited with one of the best BH in TT, Kreanga for Greece... you will see his THUMB go upwards in middle, instead of being on the side. This is to allow better use of the wrist. You must change grips to be able to do this and many pundit coaches advise AGAINST changing grips, at least until they are a top player or on the way to it. The Krenaga vid on the internet shows a LOT more nuggets about a good BH, but the number one thing is being in position, and numbers 2 and onward are impacting the ball in your proper hitting zone, the rest is easy stuff.


12-21-2013, 07:47 PM
Ok, thanks a lot guys :)

12-21-2013, 10:18 PM
Try and get the William Henzell video on bh topspinning - its the best one out there and tells you all you need to know.