Table Tennis Forehand Flick
Table Tennis Forehand Flick

Have you been wondering how to flick or flip?
I’m Alois Rosario from and we are going to show you have to do the stroke
today. The basics of the flick are to make sure that your hitting the ball in a forward
motion. You bat starts quite flat and comes forward.
With the flick you have to make sure that the contact is nice and flat. That’s to generate
some pace. If you topspin the ball you’re not going to generate much pace and the flicks
going to be quite slow. So think about making sure your hitting the ball right at the top
of that bounce so you can hit the flat. It’s almost like a smash, it’s like a mini smash
from here just smashing the ball onto the table. When you are playing the flick the starting angle of your bat depends on the amount of backspin or topspin that the opponent has given you. If the other person has put a lot of
backspin on the ball you need to start with your bat quite open with the forehand side
facing up. If they put some top spin or sidespin on the ball you can start to come over
the ball with your bat. So with the back spin open your bat up and
come forward with side spin and topspin you can have your bat flat or over the ball a
little bit to come over the ball and hit the ball down and onto the table. Your movement for the flick is to move in closer to the table. The way to do this is to put your right foot under the table. That will get you closer to the ball to make
your flick. The flick is often used as a return of serve
off a short serve. So if they serve with some side spin or top spin that’s your cue that
you can flick. You can also flick off backspin serve but
remember that you need to get the angle of your bat quite open so that you can get the
ball over the net.

99 thoughts on “Table Tennis Forehand Flick”

  1. Jonathan Medina says:

    wow great video. i thank you guys so much. ive been trying to improve my game so much. and your videos have helped me quite a bit. unfortunately ive reached like a platue and it seems like instead of getting better. im getting worse. and people that i play against are beating me so easily. yet i know that i am capable of beating them as i have done in the past. they dont even play with spin. or power. or form. i dont know what to do. but thanks guys for all your help. ill keep trying =]

  2. AnlamK says:


  3. pn8830 says:

    +1 very nice and informative.

  4. PingSkills says:


    You need to use a reputable Table Tennis brand and a rubber that is ITTF approved. As long as you have something that allows you to develop you can't go too wrong. If someone is unsure we usually suggest something like a Stiga All-round blade with Mark V or a Primorac OFF- with Sriver. But really it is up to you as there are thousands of choices. Another option is to find a player who is a bit better than you but plays a similar style, then you can ask them what equipment they use.

  5. PingSkills says:

    The basic principles are the same even if you are a penholder. It is quite an advanced stroke so make sure you don't give up too soon. Keep practicing and you'll eventually get there!

    Good luck.

  6. ranmaboyage10 says:

    thats exactly same as me

  7. calomontt says:

    the sriver is good for i would say late beginners , after that i becomes a bit too slow . I have ALAMANA Sound on a Palio Carbon Blade

  8. Matt Williams says:

    the idea that sriver is too slow is ridiculous.

    plenty of US2000 (basic mastery level, like a first black belt) still use unglued Sriver L, Sriver EL or Sriver FX.

  9. Naufil khan says:

    hello, just wanted to know if there is a lot of backspin from the opponent , can this flick is advisable, as my opponent puts a lot of backspin and my return always ends up in the net. ?

  10. PingSkills says:

    If your opponent puts a lot of backspin on the ball and you cannot play an aggressive flick, another option is to play a short push.

  11. Jelly Man Kelly says:

    hey i've been a basement player for a while now and i'm interested in gettin better…so i bought some $20 butterfly racket off ebay…is that sufficient enough for a beginner?

  12. PingSkills says:

    Butterfly is a well known brand so it is probably a decent bat to begin with.

    The most important thing to ensure when beginning is that your rubber on your bat has some grip so you can learn how to spin the ball. Learning how to spin and control spin is extremely important in Table Tennis.

    Once you get better you can progress to a custom made bat where you buy the blade and the rubbers separately. This way when the rubbers wear out, you can replace them and keep the blade.

    Good luck.

  13. Kurtis Whaley says:

    do you stretch out for the ball or get behind it

  14. PingSkills says:

    Take a look at the video and see the distance the ball is away from the body when it is hit. This is a good starting point and you can vary the position slightly to whatever feels most comfortable for you. Once you've figured out the position that suits you most, the trick is to move your feet so you are in a good position to execute the stroke.

  15. PingSkills says:

    That's right – MSAC at Albert Park.

  16. GeneralSpecific3 says:

    John Tickle?

  17. AceVibes says:

    i understand how many reaplays do i need?, i don't even know why i pressed the video i don't even like pingis,, i don't even know why i watched the whole shit

  18. TurtleMonkey says:


  19. stevema2 says:

    normally this shot occurs when the opponent either chopped the ball (to defend it) or just played a short stroke….

    if they serve long, you can always chop the ball in the corner or near the net to make them play a passive shot which you can flick if chance provides 🙂

  20. Gustavo Giserman says:

    great tutorial

  21. Scott Hayden says:

    maaan if i could master this…id beat my friends everytime

  22. GeneralSpecific3 says:

    same lol

  23. alo2swj says:

    thats easy

  24. StinkyBeava says:


  25. M. Hasan says:

    u know what the problem is…

    we usually never know how much exactly has the opponent spun the ball !..

    btw.. this is something that i do… sometimes i perform -fake- backspin …(result: opponent tries to get it higher and the ball goes over the table)

    very usefull 😀 …try it especially in serves.. it will fool the opponent if he's not an expert !

  26. Alexander T. says:

    these are the best online table tennis lessons in youtube in my oppinion

  27. Colin Luu says:

    10000x's better than expert village bs

  28. taha32 says:

    there so many little tricks to this sport…

    respect it so much more now aye..

  29. Str8Busta says:

    table tennis da shiz!

  30. lemonite1 says:

    Ya, and they're very good players to boot.

  31. Hitchthebest91 says:

    good job

  32. Kyxis says:

    PingSkills THE BEST !!

  33. XY S says:

    very good video, very good lesson

  34. projektforlife says:

    what rubber are you playing with? i play with boost tp and boost tc

  35. ReliveTheDream says:

    What if the balls spinning in both directions at the same time?

  36. Jone says:

    I wish I could beat the best player in my school.
    He's ranked #1 in Australia and #18 in the world.
    (Under 18 of course)

  37. KuroNo SuGKyoku says:

    most pros use tenergy and almana rubbers like timo boll is sponsored for tenergy rubbers- killerspin rubbers arent allowed in competitions anymore 🙁

  38. Fear Is Only In Your Mind says:

    the bals he play are so long that you can make a normal topspin balls you play with a flick are shorter deeper and morre spine a servis fpr excample

  39. DaOblit says:

    @conman2317 thats impossible isnt it how can the ball be spinning to the right and left at the same time that means the forces are equal so the ball stays in one position physics FAIL

  40. ReliveTheDream says:

    @DaOblit I was joking lol

  41. DaOblit says:

    @conman2317 w/e idk and idc if u were or were not

  42. oakfighter15 says:

    its like a smash, its like a mini smash.

    idk why but i find this funny

  43. Lu-Kang Chang says:

    the ball is too high that's why you can do this
    how strong downspin
    see if you can do this

  44. BlueCheese747 says:

    better than expert village but still not as good as private training

  45. Diego Scarpatti says:

    I´m a begginer but I play very good
    I need help
    What kind of rubber is the best for me?
    I mean, To start playing better

  46. nawaz2kx says:

    didnt know Yoda plays table tennis

  47. Royal Raven says:

    what's the height of you two? because i'm a tall guy, is it an advantage or not..?

  48. Royal Raven says:

    what's the height of you two? because i'm a tall guy, is it an advantage or not..? being a tall guy..???

  49. Sboy's World says:

    @JJchingy yeah of course

  50. Kev TP says:

    @Compantino Neither is true.

  51. PingSkills says:

    @Dramandoee Thanks for the tip. It is hard to keep the videos short and to the point and show both left and right handed versions. The ideas are the same so hopefully left handers can still benefit from the video.

    We'll see if there is a way to make it better for left handers in our future videos. Thanks for commenting.

  52. Sasquatch10 says:

    @nIgHtRaVeN0444 im guessing thats good because u can easily get over the ball

  53. Sasquatch10 says:

    @nIgHtRaVeN0444 im guessing thats good because u can easily get over the ball for attacking shots

  54. jkim519 says:

    you two should upload a video of you two playing a match

  55. PingSkills says:

    @MrRockerZ96 Glad we could help. Keep practicing and you'll get even better!

  56. PingSkills says:

    @ValeCelViteaz Glad we could help. Cheers!

  57. PingSkills says:

    @N0thingIsTrue Glad you liked them!

  58. jacobmorrissurf says:

    V. Helpful

  59. gimplar says:

    @Compantino I'll actually say that the push is the most underrated stroke in table tennis. Lots of people focus on a good loop/top spin/slam/flick/whatever but without a good push you'll be hard pressed to set yourself up for a solid attack.

  60. gimplar says:

    @Compantino The Chinese excel at the short game in order to set themselves up for the attack. Yes, you can flick loose sloppy serves but a short, spinny low serve will force a push. Without a good push you will be unable to put any sort of pressure on the server and you will find yourself unable to initiate the attack. A massive attack is impressive to watch, but most people don't pay attention to the strokes leading up to that 4th or 6th ball attack.

  61. PingSkills says:

    @gimplar great points! It is very true that the push is extremely underrated!

  62. Ijan Shafrizan says:

    @Uchihapunisher …
    Try Yasaka Zap… I use J-Penholder…
    Recommended by ping pong shop boss!!!
    In Malaysia RM50 ~RM65

  63. Joseph Wu says:

    Thank you for your generous efforts to advance the PP skills of everyday players!

  64. PingSkills says:

    @TheFeilong88 You're welcome.

  65. Swapneel Das says:

    I like Flicking d most Coz i am an offensive player Flick is the best way to hit a ball in the serve

  66. Tactical X-Rays says:

    very effective. done this for years without knowing the actual expression for it

  67. W.G. Bowers says:

    Your videos are great, but they would be so much more enjoyable if ya'll would use more stereotypical Australian words like "beauty" and "heaps." That would seal the deal.

  68. PingSkills says:

    @UHKappaSig That is funny! I'll try and throw in a few of those words next time. Maybe even a streuth and fair dinkum.

  69. PingSkills says:

    @MrHonda161 Are you playing the flick off a backspin ball or a sidspin or topspin ball? If it is sidespin or topspin then you need to try closing the angle of your racket some more and try to get the ball to pass closer to the net without as much clearance. Off the backspin ball it can be difficult if it is low so you may need to try a short push instead. If you want some more information, try using the ask the coach section of our website where we can write more detailed answers.

  70. PingSkills says:

    @MrHonda161 You're welcome!

  71. Jone says:

    Are you meant to have a tight grip on the bat when you do this?

  72. PingSkills says:

    @BMxJone You don't need to tight a grip when playing Table Tennis. We talk about this in our lesson the grip which you can see on our website.

  73. Gaurav Sobti says:

    very good video. thanks a lot.

  74. PingSkills says:

    @kinshudude11 No worries. You're welcome!

  75. PingSkills says:

    @Borissss666bag Excellent. It sounds like you have a good serve. You do need decent rubber to be able to generate the spin. You also need a fast brushing contact.

  76. PingSkills says:

    @meandonlyme1998 Yes this can be done with the penhold grip. On the backhand it is a bit different. You probably need to use the reverse side for a flick. As we are shakehand players it is difficult for us to do demonstrations using the penhold grip.

  77. PingSkills says:

    @meandonlyme1998 Thanks! You're welcome!

  78. Aaron Moore says:

    Great video's all of them thanks its great going back to the basics, you dont lose cheap easy points 🙂 thanks again.

  79. PingSkills says:

    @SOULBEATER1 You're welcome. I'm glad you're benefiting from the videos. Make sure you check out our website, we've got heaps more information there!

  80. abedrum says:

    Hi, This is just great stuff, am a beginner and i've already learnt the forehand and the back hand topspin watching your videos, but there is a problem with regard to this video here, i'am not able to FLICK a short ball that keeps low, what do i do with a short but low ball??? thanks again for all this wonderful videos.

  81. PingSkills says:

    If the ball is low then it is difficult to flick. Another option is to use a short push. If you take a look on our website we have some lessons on the push.

    It's nice to hear you are finding the videos useful. Good luck with your Table Tennis!

  82. extremoknight44 says:

    I just wanna say, that your video, the topspin off backspin is one of the best, I watched it and it worked miracles for me. For anyone who is having trouble returning the backspin shot, then watch the "Forehand topspin of backspin" video. Thanks PingSkills, that video actually helped a lot. You have my thanks.

  83. PingSkills says:

    You're welcome. It's nice to know that our videos are helping people. Make sure you check out our website for more of our videos.

  84. ashwani Verma says:

    veru helpful. never got this info before.

  85. PingSkills says:

    Glad you liked it and found it helpful.

  86. Adam Hubble says:

    Could u do this if the ball lands low and close to the net than the edge of the table

  87. knightpraetor says:

    i don't understand. Why does coming in under the ball and then flicking the ball help deal with backspin? are you basically just scooping the ball up so that you start to hit it upwards but then change it's trajectory? I just don't see how this helps to cancel out the spin

  88. medwatt says:

    If I'm allowed to ask a question . . . given that I've been playing lawn tennis almost as far as I remember and now when I play ping pong I just cannot get rid of the sensation of lawn tennis. I really enjoy grinding the ball but that does not work with table tennis because its more about who can finish off the ball quicker. Another of my problems is I always find myself defending, often difficult shots, despite liking it I think jeopardises my chances to win. What can be done ?

  89. PingSkills says:

    Great question. If you get a chance, please ask it on our website on the ask the coach section, we have more room to answer in detail there.

  90. agulia09 says:

    Nice!! I was struggling with this past couple of days while playing with friends…will try it out next time

  91. PingSkills says:

    Good luck!

  92. PingSkills says:

    Glad you liked it!

  93. heckyeahhh says:

    my coach said flicking depends on the blade you use, is that true?

  94. prisci ware says:

    I absolutely LOVE your vidios. You explain the movement so well. Thanks!

  95. Евгений Шумилин says:

    But how come did you have two-color balls so long ago?

  96. Roman Adar says:

    Oldies but goodies, after you've mentioned about backhand flick I looked for forehand flick and found this one. So how would you compare these two, forehand vs backhand and when to use each. Thanks for sharing.

  97. ali rayya says:

    i am new player i am 37 old can i do it?

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