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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

Forehand Flip/Flick Guide:

The forehand flip/flick is an offensive shot for attacking short balls. Remember, only flip the ball when you think it will be high quality. A low quality one will make a decent player kill the ball. If your opponent is not at that high of a level, than you can do it more often.


-step in underneath the table with one foot

-Use mostly your wrist and your forearm when flipping the ball

-close the paddle during the follow through of flipping the ball

-When flipping the ball it is mostly "hitting the ball" not grazing it

-be quick when hitting the ball and snap through  

Flipping/Flicking Info from the Chinese coaches:

-If the ball is coming on the side of your forehand, hit the ball's side to make it go cross-court. If you want to hit it down the line, you can hit the back of the ball if there is little or no underspin on the ball.

-If there is a good amount of underspin on the ball, flip it on the side of the ball as it is on the axis and the spin effect is much less there. Then you can hit the ball harder. If the ball has a good amount of underspin and it is coming on the side of your forehand, hit it on the side and guide it to the direction you want it to go. Obviously, you are not going to hit the very side of the ball, but the more of the side you hit, the effect of the spin will diminish. If you hit the back of the ball, it will be very hard to produce a quick shot. If the ball is high, you can hit the back of the ball as it will be safer to produce a fast shot. When you hit the side of the ball and make it go down the line, it looks almost as if you are hitting below the ball's equator. (You can do this depending on the angle you are in)

-Lots of the time if it is a weak underspin shot, you can hit the back of the ball. This time, let's say I am right handed, instead of stepping in with my right leg, I can step in with my left leg. It will then be easier to change direction of my shot if I want it to go down the line or cross-court.

-When you flip, make a sort of scooping motion with the paddle. (the paddle goes down then up). When the paddle reaches contact with the ball, that point should be fastest. Don't bring your paddle back aways from the ball before flipping it. It should be a quick "U" motion (from watching the side of the table)

-Remember to mostly HIT the ball even when hitting on the side.



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