How to Do a Table Tennis Backhand Smash | Ping Pong

How to Do a Table Tennis Backhand Smash | Ping Pong

My name is Tahl Leibovitz and I’m here at
SPiN, New York. I am a professional table tennis player who
has been competing internationally since 1995. I am here today to speak to you about the
intermediate and beginner aspects of the Olympic sport of table tennis. I’m now gonna demonstrate the backhand smash. There’s a lot of different types of backhands. The one that I’m gonna be talking about is
mainly where you sort of start with your racket at your stomach, then you push your racket
out. This is just rallying; it’s sort of like a
rally. Now, when the ball, a lot of times in table
tennis the ball’s traveling at a very fast speed, so you don’t really have time to move
your hand back. However, sometimes you get a ball that’s very
slow. If the ball’s slow, it’s good to try to get
your hand back, and then try to pass through the ball. The main key here is: always try to get your
racket to pass through the ball quickly; it’s very, very important that you do that on every
stroke that you do, especially the backhand. What a lot of people do in Europe is they
do a sort of‚ a couple of years ago, they sort of transferred the backhand loop, but
they try to pass the ball quickly. Just like that. And that’s sort of how you smash the ball
with the backhand. And you just smash. Then you’re sort of passing the ball quickly. So the main thing with the backhand is to
try to get the racket to pass through the ball quickly. So you’re starting here and you’re just passing
it, that’s the backhand stroke, just like that.

Comments (68)

  1. This guys technique is wrong but good vid anyway

  2. @pokeranter56x There ARE no wrong techniques, as long as the person gets it right and comfortably.

  3. @kvedward Thats definetely true, it correct to do what works for you

  4. I prefer forehand more, it seems alot easier for the way i play to smash it.

  5. backhand smash is more beautiful in my opinion because of the relative difficulty…….forehand looks badass as well if you smash it like Tennis…..

  6. @kvedward Depends on what your definition of wrong techniques is. In table tennis, you can smash the ball the way you like, but if you do it in a way that waste energy and opens up your weak areas if your opponent manages to get the ball, then I would consider that a wrong technique.

  7. @The45Goku did you winned

  8. You know, professional player as u named yoself, u won't be Forest Gump with ur technique…

  9. You should do a bit of research before commenting. In true table tennis circles, Tahl is well known and is an excellent professional player. Do a little reading on him and you'll be amazed at what you find.

  10. can't wait to play a professional player one day, and go all the way "U jelly bro!"

  11. yes there is bad teqniques if youre not using your wrist at all then you are not going to get the full power

  12. let me correct you… trying to smash the ball while riding a donkey blind folded and cramming a table tennis paddle up your bum is definitely considered a WRONG technique… lol just sayin ha

  13. not if it worked :3

  14. his grip on the bat is even bad

  15. Learn how to hold a bat.

  16. Dude, really? There is no wrong way…there is orthodox and unorthodox, being the latter doesn't make something wrong. Are you going to criticize Ma Lin, Wang Hao, Xu Xin, Ryu Seung Min, etc. because they don't play Shakehand? I'll leave you with this: 'Variation is the spice of life.'

  17. จับไม้ยังผิดเลยมืง- -*

  18. Paraolympic player, Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist. Que?

  19. so his moves are based on the fact that he is paraolympic player . his moves are made especially for him and he developed them for him self . his technique is bad for a new player , plus he doesnt have the ability to explain it !

  20. whenever i play i mostly use my backhand for everything, while my forehand is my "o crap button" and it only returns the ball 50% of the time. is this alright? is it allowed?

  21. He moves like a midget xD

  22. dude he medaled in the paralympic games in athens, and is now competing in class 9 in the paralympics. His movements arent good because of his disability.

  23. he is on the paralympics, he has disabilities, just to let you know…

  24. hes a paralympic competetor, i think he knows what hes doing. so have a coke an a smile and shut the hell up..

  25. then why don't you make a video like this? i assume you're better than this guy, talking like that

  26. This guy's technique is not right. Very akward backhand Smash.

  27. he's a paralympian, just because he's better than you doesn't mean you should get angry

  28. he is in paralympics he has a disease

  29. wtf this guy looks shit asss


  31. What's with the retarded chinese eating a bat/paddle in the background?!

  32. You should be ashamed, he has a disability. He plays in the Paralympics, dude.

  33. Can i do this with long pimples?

  34. He is a paralympic if you look lose his limbs are short.

  35. his strokes are orthodox but he is a good player…

  36. yet he would beat you

  37. He plays in paralympics..

  38. there are always wrong techniques lol…

  39. his professional in the paralympics he is actually good

  40. if i have my hands tied with ropes i would absolutely beat that ( gay ) -.-

  41. don't waste 20 seconds of your live starts at 0:20

  42. I've been taught differently for a backhand smash. It is not just a quick execution of the usual backhand counter or backhand topspin. It is either
    a) a topsin stroke with the bat so closed at the backhand that it almost travels horizontally and brushes the ball downward (because you hit it high) OR
    b) a very flat stroke that starts from the head and "flaps" downward by increasing the elbow angle with a little wrist flapping added.

    No doubt you beat me easily but still I doubt your advice.

  43. mmhhh…really? Or maybe there is a reason why top players all have a very similar technique? If you play with your friends it probably won't make a big difference, but if you are a professional player, having a *correct* technique is fundamental. This guy doesn't even hold the paddle correctly!

  44. He's a paralympian

  45. LOL, he can't play, you can find any kid on the street in China plays better than him 

  46. is he a full size person?…I cant tell…

  47. Only 1995 I was learning advanced gropes by that time!

  48. ping skills are better than him

  49. What does he mean to pass through the ball? Could somebody clarify what he means?

  50. great videos but wish they would repeat bits in slow motion.

  51. I like your smash dude?

  52. Can wait to rio 2016???? I need to improve my forehand more.

  53. it is an awesome video

  54. I think you can skip the introduction, I saw it a billion times so far, other than that, nice job

  55. Thanks your videos help me alot

  56. I don't recommended anyone learning from this guy. His form is very poor this negates future potential of players. I had a few students, I had to re-teach form due to people who consider "professional players" coaching wrong techniques and strokes.

  57. You just smash, duh.

  58. He is not a damn pro

  59. Do I need to pass through the ball quickly? Just double checking here! ?

  60. a lot of u guys so disrespectful to him so shame on u

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