How To Play Table Tennis – Backhand Drive

Hey, I’m Georgina Pota and I will show you the Backhand drive
Like the Forehand Drive, back hand drives are no longer have the importance and role they once did
However, they remain the irreplaceable basics for the players development
The drive is a great starting point for a new player to learn the anatomic principles of the game
The Backhand drive demonstrated in this video is used much more among women
This tutorial is for Right-handers,
for left-handers, use the video as your mirror image
For the Backhand drive
Stand a bit less than one forearm’s length from the table
Keep your feet slightly more than shoulders width apart
Place your left leg forward
Bend your knees, but much less than with the topspin strokes
With the backhand drive, your body is in front of the table
There is no side movement of the torso
as a result of there being less space to exert power.
The Backhand is a more controlled stroke
The racket is on the level of contact with the ball
and your forearm creates a right angle with your upper arm
Your grip on the racket should be firm during the whole movement,
but the truly firm moments happen during contact with the ball
Backhand actions make use mostly of the arm especially the forearm
The wrist is also much more active when hitting a Backhand in comparison to the Forehand
Although your left hip is making slight movements forward, there is no major contribution of the legs to this stroke
Contact with the ball is made in the earliest stages of the trajectory
Hit the ball almost at the center of the racket
Usually the racket is still slightly at an angle because there is always some top spin rotation on the ball
even when drive to drive strokes are played
The point of contact with the racket is the same as for Forehand and Backhand Topspin
All of the Force goes into the ball speed, not into rotation. The goal is a still ball without rotation
The Backhand Drive finishes a bit less than an arm’s length from the body and towards the right side
The action is from the left hip to the right side
Drives are where you will learn how to control the balls trajectory
how to position yourself for each stroke and will give you your first feeling for the rhythms essential to good practice
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