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Backhand Chop | PingSkills | Table Tennis

November 5, 2019

Hi I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. In this
lesson we’re going to show you the backhand chop. The backend chop is a
stroke used by defensive players when they’re further away from the table. Because
you have a bit more time you could turn more side onto the table. Your start
position with your bat is up around your left ear and your finish
position is down near your right knee. So we turn ourselves side on if you’ve got
time start with your bat at your left ear and
come straight through down towards your right knee. At the end of your stroke you
could even just put your hand on your right knee to know that the bat is
finishing in the correct position. Because Jeff’s turned side on you can
see that he’s still hitting the ball from in front of his body when he’s
contacting the ball so the ball is contacted right in front of his body
and then he’s swinging through. Let’s have a look now at the different
angle of your stroke. If the ball is coming really fast at you your stroke
can be more vertical because you don’t need much forward momentum to get the
ball back over the net but if the stroke is slower then you can start a little
bit further behind and finish further forward so now you can see that Jeff is
finishing in front of his knee to get that ball to go forward because he now
needs to generate the speed. The next thing we need to think about is what
type of rubber you’re using. Long pimples can really help you to be able to absorb the
spin of the topspin player and also slow down the ball. Let’s have a look now if
Jeff topspins the ball and I’m using inverted rubber what happens. If I just
put my bat to the ball the ball flies off the end of the table. Now I’m going
to use the long pimple rubber and let’s see what happens. You can see that the long pimple absorbs
the speed and allows me to control that topspin back onto the table without
having to do anything so for the chopper when they’re back away from the table if
there’s a lot of spin or a lot of speed on the ball and they’re using the
inverted rubber the ball is going to tend to fly off the end of the table but
if they’re using the long pimple rubber it’s much easier to control that topspin
back onto the table. The stroke is basically the same with the long pimples
but now Jeff doesn’t have to worry about the speed and spin so much and can just
control the ball back onto the table.


  • Reply Dante S August 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I wish I were one of your students 😢

  • Reply viet nguyen August 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Excellent video guys!

  • Reply Homie August 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Awesome video! Really thankful for all these tutorials, makes life 100% better.

  • Reply Albert Kovtoun August 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love your vids!!

  • Reply Jaime Mtz August 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Hey ur vids have been of great help. But i have a problem, sometimes, when receiving a short service, Im not really sure of what the spin is. What would be the best receiving technique for most of the short services?

  • Reply ClauWasaki August 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Hello guys! Love the channel ! I have a question, If i play chopping the ball with the long pimple rubber, does it make it difficult for Alois to pass the ball again and again? I mean… if i chop the ball all the time with the long pimple rubber, an average player would have problems if they dont control their spin?
    Thanks and congratulations for your videos!

  • Reply Red Motegi August 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Always watching -Dynamics Table Tennis Club

  • Reply William Phan August 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for these awesome videos!

  • Reply Liberalz August 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    What is you were to use Anti-spin? Is there any difference on how to chop with it?

  • Reply Jason Ouimette August 16, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Love your videos! Have made my game stronger and have recommended your videos to my friends. However, I'm a pen holder I wish you'd do a few more videos on penhold techniques.
    Might be interesting for shakehand players as well since they could play against pen holders.

  • Reply Vihan Kavle August 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    How to play a top spin?????forehand???

  • Reply Master Mind August 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    hello! I've already seen this video from your channel about 3y ago. Nevertheless thanks for lessons. Please film the chop on the table or how it called. thanks a lot beforehand!

  • Reply silentscribes August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    please people don't consider using long pips, for everyone in your club will hate you.

  • Reply Martin čulák August 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    hi, please how can I practise at home if I don't have a table (for table tennis). I like all your videos and until two days I learn a lot. thanks 😉

  • Reply josh huddy August 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Got any drills on improving your short game?

  • Reply Roman Adar August 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent video and thanks for sharing.

  • Reply MrNimfomajka August 16, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Can you do a video about hitting with long pimples or antispin ?

  • Reply Ibrahim Ahmed August 17, 2016 at 2:17 am

    that was awesome! i really needed this. Thank you guys!

  • Reply Edwenno o gwath August 17, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Can you use the backhand chop as a setup for offensive moves? I'm really new to table tennis plss

  • Reply Lanny Jamin August 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    im not good at chop but thx to pingskill now im getting better in chop your the best

  • Reply Jacob Benitez August 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Great video 🙂 Can you guys make some lessonsfor long pips too?

  • Reply Aled Robins August 17, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Your videos are really helpful PingSkills! Keep up the good work! I'm 14 and I'm pretty much a beginner! Could you give me advice/link to a video on how to do sidespin serve?
    Thanks again PingSkills! I shall subscribe

  • Reply David van der Maas August 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Wow thanks for this amazing tip, I like to defend so it is really useful for me! Btw keep up the good work, you're doing a fantastic job! 🙂

  • Reply Farzan ullakhan August 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Thank you so much….great video's

  • Reply Vihan Kavle August 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Love ur videos ping skills and has helped me tooo can you make a video on how to the dimitri ovtcharov serve and how to play defensive game plzzzzz

  • Reply Asian SENDS August 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Hey Alois, I was wondering what premade bat i should get. I was thinking of getting a Xiom Muv 9.0s Carbon But im still not sure (This is my first bat) Or should i get Pingskills Mark 5, or the Pingskills rook


  • Reply Vansh Gupta August 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hey I am your fan from India.Can teach me you to serve a ball that comes back to your court

  • Reply Ceiling Fan August 19, 2016 at 2:40 am

    I have had a burning question in my mind. If I was to hit the ball, and it was to bounce on the other players court twice what happens? Am I penalised or what? Please answer this.

  • Reply Aijaz Ahmad August 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    thank you for one of the greatest table tennis training videos of all time

  • Reply Skillz August 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hi. I am 15 years old and I play table tennis. Your videos help me a lot! I have a little question, could you recommend me a good table tennis bat? Thanks for answering!

  • Reply Niranjan Nagesh August 20, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Ca I you short pimple for chopping

  • Reply DempseyXT August 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hey pingskills how do you do a backhand using penhold grip?

  • Reply Konstantin Kanev August 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thanks a lot! Now I can do the backhand chop perfectly (in my opinion) 🙂

  • Reply Mighty Hunter™ August 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    thanks again for an awesome video

  • Reply Desert August 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    how do you clean your rubber if it has pimples

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    How to make the ball come back to the net

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    In a spin

  • Reply wow fly August 23, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Could you please do a video on the bird loop

  • Reply The Saucy Bean August 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Is the Dunlop flux force a good racket coz I just watched you how to pick a racket video from 2 years ago and my auntie bought it for me and I was wondering what you though 🙂

  • Reply ksh Nick August 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Will you make a video about Simon Gauzy backhand receive for service when he doesn't push the ball or banana flick it but he flicks to the right side (opposite spin of the banana flick) and rather than doing heavy reverse spin which is the case of banana flick he just angles his bat to the ball and reflects it. Xu Xin also does it but with his forehand side not backhand because of the penhold grip it would be impossible to do this with his reverse backhand side.

  • Reply Rishi Samant September 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    My chop with backhand is always going into the net. could u pls hlp me

  • Reply Rishi Samant September 8, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    your videos are great

  • Reply Black Eagle September 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Very good video, I just would like to ask, what paddle would you prefer me to buy? I see you gentlemen using STIGA. Thank you!

  • Reply Vishal Baradia September 16, 2016 at 10:02 am

    what if i dont toss the ball but do a perfect service where the ball taps both the sides of the table and its Low and as well spin and fast as well, thats the way i do my service and the best players around cannot play it so i get a point easily

  • Reply Blue Heart September 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    if anyone gives a chop ball that high, just smash it. the example is good for explanation but at high level play, defensive play gets really agressive smash/topspin balls back…

  • Reply Emil Soderberg September 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hi brother +PingSkills I have a question, if you play a match, witch serve do you prefer to do. Sorry for bad english im Swedish:)

  • Reply TheMagnificentMichael September 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    can you chop near the table?

  • Reply Mikhailtube hd October 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

    very nice video men

  • Reply MSH Beatbox November 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    is backhandchop better than forehand?with backhand i make bigger spin,but sometimes far from net i cant make enough power.

  • Reply Kareema Hussain November 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

    please could you teach my grandson in srilanka dekrester road 14 colomo4

  • Reply I am a Nigga December 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    the best is forehand chops

  • Reply I am a Nigga December 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    the best is forehand chops

  • Reply Abubakar Mehmood January 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    As an aspiring chopper, I idealize the great Koji Matsushita. During one of his matches, the commentator said that Matsushita "brushed the back of the ball", so the ball had very little spin and the opponent mistakenly lifted it, eventually getting smashed.

    Can you please explain what is brushing 'the back of the ball' and how it's done, and how to mix it with actual underspin to confuse the opponent?

  • Reply maurice_0615 April 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    When I'm practicing backhand chop, my movement is always more forward when it should be more down. Any tips for that?

  • Reply Birds Eyes May 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    which rackets are you using?

  • Reply Birds Eyes May 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    which is this racket at time 2:24, that has long pimple?

  • Reply miki sameer May 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    how to do chop when near table

  • Reply Chris June 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for your videos which are very useful & informative. Please keep up the great work you guys are doing to promote the sport.

  • Reply Amit Nayak July 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    est ping skills i love it so muchh somuchh

  • Reply Blazen Demence October 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Is there any way to add sidespin to the chop?

  • Reply ppa pachuau October 14, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Nice its help he a lot👍

  • Reply Shweta Sharma October 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm


  • Reply Aidil Firash December 10, 2017 at 5:33 am

    thank for information

  • Reply Ivan de pauw December 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I miss in your other good lessons is that you do not tell us where the
    ball's point of contact is with the different strokes. As a novice table tennis player I have experienced that this is important when learning the strokes. For example in the lessons about backhand and forehand chops I miss that indication.

    Ivan De Pauw

  • Reply zishan ali March 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm


  • Reply Arvind kumar March 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Hello sir , I understand the back hand chop stroke but I can't understand how to hold the bat what will be the angle or position of the bat to hold .

  • Reply nader koko March 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    When i want to return a topspin with another spin I should wait on the ball or not answer me please

  • Reply Sai mani sankar Chunduru March 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Can you show with left hand

  • Reply Undying Xavier April 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    hello alois or Jeff plumb is this useful when you are out of position or in trouble far away from the table since I’m an attacking player I really love chops I just don’t know what time to use it in a match situation

  • Reply Avantika Raina June 25, 2018 at 11:54 am

    which joint movement is required ,elbow or wrist ??

  • Reply Siddharth novice weightlifting September 4, 2018 at 8:14 am

    How to add more backspin in this stroke

  • Reply BY SANTIX10 November 1, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Already practicing it and having wonderful results.

  • Reply Subhankar Bhattacharjee November 24, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I learn TT from you guys.Now my seniors at college are very much impressed. Thank you.

  • Reply YTReturnz November 29, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I can do the forehand chop well, but it seems I can’t do the backhand chop at all. The ball seems doesn’t fly to the enemy’s table, the ball just went down to my own net. Is there any problem what am I dealing off ? or is it just my grip ?

  • Reply Ali Ahsan December 24, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I wish you could teach me everyday. I’m also gonna watch your vids every day from now cuz I have a table tennis tourney in two weeks and I wanna learn new techniques

  • Reply Gen3ralJon January 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Very bad technic

  • Reply Nam Tran July 30, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Thanks your video. Can chop ball against back spin?.

  • Reply Marleise Rashford August 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks. Great lesson.

  • Reply prateek chakraborty September 18, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Dear sir,
    I play with NANO ATTACK short pimple rubber. I prefer to remove its sponge. And play as if its a OX rubber.
    But recently I was told that OX rubbers will be banned from 31st December.
    Can you please guide me a little on OX rubbers.

  • Reply Noah Clayborne September 23, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    How far should the ball be from your feet?

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