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How to Hit Back Spin in Ping Pong with a Shake Hands Grip

For those of you who enjoy to dabble in the game of ping pong, I'm sure some of you are wondering why more than half of your shots dive helplessly into the net.

For those of you who enjoy to dabble in the game of ping pong, I’m sure some of you are wondering why more than half of your shots dive helplessly into the net. The answer is simple; your opponent is using a technique known as back spin, or “slice” to some.

Back spin is usually used as a defensive shot, when you’re not properly set up to hit a top spin shot. As with most articles, I’m going to start by telling you the advantages and disadvantages to using this technique. Back spin is basically striking the back of the ball as you drop your paddle from high to low. This, in turn, causes the ball to spin back towards you. If executed correctly, your opponent will need to know how to counter this spin in order to get the ball over the net. However, if the ball does barely manage to come over, your own spin could work against you, sending your own shot diving into the net.

Step one: As with any shot preparation is key. A lot of the time, since this is a defensive shot, you will be moving as you prepare to strike the ball. The first thing you will need to do is raise your paddle above the highest point of the ball.

Step two: By bringing the paddle down just grazing the back side of the ball, you will have properly put back spin on the ball. However, there’s more to it. As you come down across the back side of the ball, my own personal advice is to take how hard your opponent struck the ball into consideration. If they hit the ball decently hard, it would be a good idea to loosen your grip on the paddle so the ball doesn’t just bounce off it and sail long.

Step three: The follow through is essential, it keeps your balance and keeps the ball low to the net. After you have hit the ball, don’t be afraid to let your arm swing past your body in a relaxed motion.

Back spin can be very rewarding to those who use it properly. I would advise practicing it in warm up or just goofing around before actually using it in match play. So until next time, keep those balls spinning (in which ever direction you choose).

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