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How to “Boomerang” Flick in table tennis | Learn from Zhang Jike

October 18, 2019

Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. You may know “banana flick”
or “chiquita flick” in table tennis. Have you heard “boomerang flick”? If not yet,
today, you will see this special flick from Zhang Jike. “Boomerang flick” is not new. It’s used by many French players like Adrien
Mattenet, and Tristan Flore. Japanese players also using this type of flick
a lot. Now, with the
new ball in table tennis, it’s even more easier to play this flick. Miu Hirano also used this flick successfully
in Asian Championship. She used “Boomerang flick” to return the ball
aggressively. And now you can see, coach Liu Guoliang and
coach Xiao Zhan are trying to add this “new weapon” for Zhang Jike. With the traditional banana flick, this is
another way to return the short ball. Table tennis techniques evolve during time. Do you remember your first time
you saw the “banana flick” introduced by European player? Now just try this technique. May be, it will become the standard one in
table tennis? Coach Liu said: Flick to this side (left side). Banana flick to attack the ball to the left
corner, and at the last moment change to “boomerang flick” to attack to
the right corner. So smart! Liu Guoliang wants Zhang Jike to learn this
“boomerang flick” and use it as the variation of the traditional banana flick. This “boomerang flick” can surprise the
opponent because the ball goes to the opposite side. “Surprise is the key”. “Sudden contact at the highest bouncing position”. Liu Guoliang asked Zhang Jike to do the same
gesture between the “banana flick” and the “boomerang flick”. If you want to know “How to do the banana
flick in table tennis”, look above! Now, they ask Zhou Qihao to join the table. Zhang Jike is trying this new weapon. This is the variation for the “banana flick”. The tatics is to suddenly change the
direction of the ball with the same gesture. You can see that, this tactics is quite effective. The ball is rather fast, so if you don’t
concentrate enough you will be catched out and loose the point. This is the first attempt of Zhang Jike to
this technique. He didn’t master it yet. But practice makes perfect. It’s not bad for you to try this new technique. Hope one day, we will see this “amazing boomerang”
at the international match. See you! EmRatThich.


  • Reply Dima Shevchenko July 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Is this training before or after the strike and the problems for national team? Thank you ERT! intresting video and thank you for the good quality and translate. 😁😁

  • Reply Baseer Uddin July 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks couch !! I'll try this tomorrow.

  • Reply Erik altfer July 13, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    does this flick got sidespin? it seems so and can you do it with forehand?

  • Reply Null DemokratieZwei July 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I understand that if you want to hit the ball at left top side, you use banana backhand flick.

    This flick (also called strawberry) hits the right top side of the ball.

    But why use backhand? You could simply use forehand.

    Only reason I could imagine is to confuse the opponent who doesnt know if you will use your backhand to play banana to his left or strawberry to his right…

  • Reply Jacob Kang July 13, 2017 at 11:08 pm


  • Reply Ammar Zawawi July 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    love the ^ im the boss ^ theme.

  • Reply Nicolás Paliaga July 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Nice, as always

  • Reply Newparadigm17 July 14, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I hit this shot a lot, never noticed any else that did it but something I naturally did when I first started playing. It easy from the start position to spin it to either corner making it harder for someone to guess and you get to watch them watch it.

  • Reply abdi pisan July 14, 2017 at 1:09 am

    thanks a lot.. i'll try this variation of flick

  • Reply gatz lanada July 14, 2017 at 1:15 am

    something new to learn…thank you Emrathich!

  • Reply Marcus Smith July 14, 2017 at 1:23 am

    4:14 zjk gets a round the net

  • Reply Jonathan RC July 14, 2017 at 2:25 am

    It looks good, i will give it a try thanks for this information my friend !!!

  • Reply Jonathan Yung July 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    this flick is pretty effective but you have to use it correctly. Who first used it?

  • Reply SingingChess July 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    will this flick work for RPB players?

  • Reply Marcos André July 14, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I was despertly trying to find something about this movement on youtube but was unsucsessfull, thank you for doing this video!

  • Reply Yogender Dagar July 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

    well, this flick shot us quite effective. My colleague plays it quite a lot and he is usually able to place the ball in the deep corner most of the time.

  • Reply PARESH TIWARI July 14, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I am doing this today.

  • Reply Manjush Bamankar July 14, 2017 at 5:25 am

    coach, every video of yours is so different from others…you explain it so easily and nice.
    Thank you 🙂 keep making such videos

  • Reply VeerAshar95 July 14, 2017 at 5:37 am

    as Adam calls it "a strawberry". It is often used by Simon Gauzy and Miu Hirano.

  • Reply Hazem Kelziye July 14, 2017 at 5:51 am

    May peace be upon you 🙂

  • Reply MidnightSTALKER979 July 14, 2017 at 5:56 am

    You need to be careful playing such a stroke. Your elbow should be fixed. Don't move the elbow up when turning your wrist that way. That movement can cause you to pinch your rotator cuff and hurt your shoulder. This shot should be played only from the wrist with a very short motion

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  • Reply Richard Szabó July 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    btw also Simon Gauzy uses strawberry flick and i would say more often than Mattenet or Flore 🙂

  • Reply maurice_0615 July 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Nice video ert!

  • Reply Lucas Marsy July 14, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Liu Guoliang uses the boomerang flick differently than French players. He starts by doing a banana flick and changes at the last moment and French players start by doing a push and at the last moment they change it in a boomerang flick! But both techniques are great

  • Reply davidping July 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

    coach, tu peux pas parler de mattenet ou flore sans citer gauzy! c'est le meilleur pour ce geste.
    Mima Ito le fait très bien aussi.
    super video comme d'habitude!

  • Reply mateuszq July 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    what means catch out?

  • Reply Harry Harrison July 14, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Whats the songname at the end of video?

  • Reply Eisenhower Yu July 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

    did xu xin do this before?

  • Reply DimaKats2 July 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Coach I feel like it's a chip trick for less strong players…not for ZJK. My opinion…

  • Reply Javier Cardenas July 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    i've been using that shot for 17 years, works better with slower and tacky rubbers, more difficult with tensors

  • Reply Pippo Win July 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    love your videos mr. emratthich :)!!

  • Reply Steve Soper July 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Cool to see the game evolving. You don't have to wait long to see this shot being used already. Here across the pond in some high level league this guy uses the shot almost perfectly.

  • Reply yaakov gov July 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Xu Xin also use similar tactic when he is pushed to difficult situation far from the table at his backhand side.

  • Reply Tom Roeser July 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    you post quality stuff.

  • Reply Emiliano Lus July 15, 2017 at 12:03 am

    excellent, to orrow i will try to use it

  • Reply xperryment July 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    who named it boomerang flick? you?

  • Reply Srivatsa Sasank July 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    hi coach, can u make a video on penhold boomerang flick

  • Reply Mr.Moody July 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    doesnt XX use this method a lot?

  • Reply fred freder July 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    This stroke is used by long pimle players for many years. So its nothing new. New is, that its used by top players with normal rubbers

  • Reply Stimulus Pact July 16, 2017 at 1:00 am

    does the ball come back with topspin or side underspin after the person does the strawberry flick?

  • Reply Kashmira Patel July 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Coach please give some tips on returning halflong serves and short sidespin serves

  • Reply Huram Aby July 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

    +EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach can you make a tutorial video about this boomerang flick?

  • Reply lumm71 July 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

    First time I saw this flick was from german female player Petrissa Solja years ago.

  • Reply Aaran Radford July 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Completely brilliant. No one else covering the most relevant table tennis. Great job

  • Reply Hasan Yaman July 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    where you from

  • Reply ThisViral July 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This shot turned out to be very effective when i use it, it became my main bh flick in less then a week!

  • Reply Minh Luong July 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Helo coach ERT, can you make clip about bh technique of fan zhendong. How is diffirent with zhang jike'bh? Tks so much

  • Reply 17teacmrocks May 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    old ppl with junk rubbers have been using this shot for yrs. they probably started working on it after pistej made it highly effective

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