I've seen quite a few styles of backhands both Chinese and
European. This is how I understandably know how Europeans backhand loop to but
this is a Chinese way of looking at it. Please comment if you have any
-(things to note) Have the elbow pointed forward. This is
very important. From the elbow down (your wrist, your forearm), should be
relaxed. The elbow should be ahead of the wrist
-It is important to use your wrist, forearm, as well as
When receiving a top-spin or no spin ball
-Keep your weight evenly distributed on both legs and a
little wider than shoulder width. To wind back, shift 70% of your weight to your
right leg. Having more weight on your right leg will cause your body to twist
left. Bend your right leg a little. Point your elbow forward and bring your
wrist cocked back loosely. Make sure the elbow is ahead of your wrist and bring
the wrist back to your stomach area.
-Keep the paddle around 45 degrees (whatever is comfortable
for you). Don't open the paddle up completely when receiving a top-spin or no
spin ball. Nor should you close it completel
-Hit the ball into the foam of the rubber so you can
control it. When the ball makes contact with the rubber, close the paddle.
Chinese coaches will tell you to "wrap the ball" (mostly with your
wrist and some with your forearm)
-As you do this motion, shift your weight back to the
original backhand ready stance (weight evenly distributed)
-Don't wind back with your elbow coming back as you don't
want to use your elbow to drive your arm.
-You can use your big arm as long as you make your forearm
drive your arm first. If your using your big arm, make sure the elbow goes to
the side not forward when you do the stroke.
Backhand looping off of underspin:
-(things to note) Elbow should be pointed forward (ahead of
your wrist). The wrist should be cocked back. From your elbow down, should be
-As you get ready for the backhand loop, your weight should
again be evenly distributed with a little wider than shoulder-width stance. Your
wrist should get ready to come back cocked loosely with your elbow ahead of your
-As you swing back, make sure your right leg has 70% of the
weight. Bend your legs a little (mostly on your right as your most of your
weight is there) and bring the paddle to your waist area.
-When you loop the ball, your leg should spring back up a
little and have the weight shift to the original stance.
-The forehand drives the arm. The elbow DOES NOT drive the
arm. So don't bring the elbow back. If you want to use your big arm, use the
forearm to drive the elbow which goes to the side.
-The paddle should be more open and make sure you
"wrap the ball" (mainly with your wrist). However, this doesn't mean
your forearm should not do any wrapping action to.
-If the ball is very spinny and your loop goes to the net,
bring your paddle down more (sometimes under your crotch)
-If you want to make the ball go down the line, shift about
90% of your weight to your right leg. (not So much that your left leg is left
dangling in the air) Then it is easier to hit the right-side of the ball to make
it go down-the line.
Reverse Penhold Backhand
-RP Backhand is the same except that you have to do two of
the following things
-Your grip should not be like the old way of holding the
paddle. It should be more like Wang Hao's. The pinky, ring, and middle finger
should not be curled so much that the side of the middle finger is keeping
pressure on the surface of the paddle. If you want to do RPB, you should take
the three fingers and put them straight on the back together with all three
fingers touching the paddle. Then curve them to the side together with most of
the pressure between your thumb and the pad of your middle finger. The side of
the middle finger should be touching the paddle but not keeping pressure. The
pads of the ring and pinky should also be touching the paddle but not keeping
-You have to try and hit the ball near the edge of the
paddle as not to hit the fingers. Shakehand players should try to hit there as
well as there is more wrist movement there. Thus, more power.