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Push or Flick | Table Tennis | PingSkills

February 7, 2020

Hi! I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Carlo has a dilemma about whether to push or flick on the return of serve. Carlo, here we are talking about strictly a short serve. So short serve is where the ball is going to bounce twice on your side of the table. With the short serve, you have those options of whether to push or to flick so when you choose either. The first thing is how much backspin there is on the ball. If there is a lot of backspin on the ball then a push is probably your safer option. If though there is less backspin or there’s side spin or topspin on the ball then a flick becomes an option as well. You still need to make that decision which one are you going to do you. Also need to think about what type of ball you like coming at you next. If you like a flick and then an open rally where they play at you with topspin then the flick is probably a better option. If so you like to topspin off a backspin ball then a push might be your better option as long as you can keep that push short and force your opponent to push the ball along to you to get that favorite topspin stroke off push. So, Carlo, you can see that the first thing you need to do is look at the type and amount of spin on the ball and then also think about what type of ball that you want coming at you next.


  • Reply Psycho Cuber April 12, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Very useful. Probably first to finish the video😀

  • Reply PooumB April 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Very informative and helpful video, thanks! Keep up the awesome work. ☺

  • Reply Okar April 12, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I've gotten way better watching your vids,nice video 🙂
    Let me do a list at what I've improved on
    1-Learning the rules
    Thanks for all of that.

  • Reply Kushal KD April 12, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Nice vid guys, I have always had this question in my mind But now it has been answered. I am an aggressive player and therefore I choose to do the flick. Please tell me if my decision is correct or not. Thanks preemptively.

  • Reply DestinyDestroy April 12, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Hi Alois I would like to know if the donic waldner youngstar is a good bat for competitions.

  • Reply Kazi Sobhan April 12, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Your videos have helped me improve so much! I've just started playing 7 months ago and I'm already as good as my experienced players in my school. thank you so much!! keep up amazing work

  • Reply DEAD pOol April 12, 2017 at 1:44 am

    pingskills can you teach us how to do the serve of ma long

  • Reply DEAD pOol April 12, 2017 at 1:51 am

    and thanks this video will help us to much

  • Reply DEAD pOol April 12, 2017 at 2:04 am

    or how to do some perfect loop

  • Reply Darshan Chalise April 12, 2017 at 2:04 am

    do you think height is a factor in ability to flick? I am short (5'6) and I find it really difficult to get the feet under the table and then reach the ball, get over it and flick. do you think it is because of my height or some other technical error?

  • Reply Extritic Sajan April 12, 2017 at 2:07 am

    awesome video! You're videos are super helpful and informative. Thanks for such a awesome video

  • Reply Andro Breaker April 12, 2017 at 4:23 am

    thanks for the video

  • Reply juhheli April 12, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Ok if it is a short serve, and the ball bounces twice on you opponents side when you are serving, does your opponent get a point?

  • Reply Itz Troy April 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I'm a new subscriber and I have watched your newest and oldest videos.
    And all of them I have learnt a lot (as well as this one!). You guys have a great channel keep
    It up😀👍🏻

  • Reply Mission Internet April 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Thx a lot, that a terrific topic ! Got a question : even on a good
    backspin serve, is it possible to flick anyway ? (i really prefer
    attacking style game)

  • Reply Original Arran April 12, 2017 at 9:35 am

    What is the footwork needed for the flick?

  • Reply Wicked Katz April 12, 2017 at 11:28 am


  • Reply Moin Lakhani April 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    sir when i try to hit the topspin it becomes side spin
    what should i do?

  • Reply Arnav Gairola April 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    How good is gki for a pre-made bat company? What is their best bat?

  • Reply emre April 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    perfect channel thanks

  • Reply 10 000 Subscriber Challenge With No Video! April 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    ping how do you topspin against back spin. I try to do topspin but it just heads into the net. ;.; By the way do you know Rickey Nguyen?

  • Reply Aru Nirmala April 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    how to play fast???

  • Reply Dieter Verhofstadt April 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Hi guys, good to see you again. Missing the Nuytinck days …

  • Reply Vivan Maurya April 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I usually flick, but when I am tensed while playing with a good guy, I resort to pushing….

  • Reply Sanjay Asati April 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Please show me ! How to do ghost serve?

  • Reply Musab Navlakhi April 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    can someone tell me if the neottec 500 is a good racket on tabletennos (premade racket)

  • Reply Mani Jindal April 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    which racket you use alois please tell

  • Reply Mani Jindal April 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    which racket you use alois please tell

  • Reply brick built April 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    how do you counter pimps

  • Reply mudit bansal April 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

    while putting a faster forehand topspin do i have to relax my wrist as u said we have to relax our wrist while putting an advance forehand topspin

  • Reply THE PRO GAMER April 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    hey thnx for uploading ur videos . i have really learned table tennis bec of u . I m selected for zonals , just bec of u , but pls upload a video of top spin

  • Reply Jack Williams April 29, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Do you have a preferred bat you would recommend?

  • Reply Styo April 29, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    does it matter if I start training with a 0 star racket and then buy an 5 star racket or instantly buy a 5 star racket?

  • Reply orlandomc May 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry if this doesn't have much to do with the video, but what serve would you say is the easiest with a lot of spin. I can't find the right serve and therefore, the receiver always had an aggressive attack after. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • Reply Rafael Lava June 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

    um, how do you maintain rubbers? are there any differences in maintaning tacky rubbers and grippy rubbers? thanks 🙂

  • Reply Bibek Poudel July 23, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Good technice

  • Reply Aditya Pandey August 7, 2017 at 5:54 am

    how to play against a short heighted player

  • Reply simon burgos August 28, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Buenos vídeos, realmente geniales explicaciones, con mucho fundamento. Agradecería traducción a español para comprender mas fácilmente. Saludos

  • Reply Zapdos September 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    How to do a flick

  • Reply Suppenhuhn 0815 October 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    My problem:
    If i push a short serve back, my opponent push it in my backhand side 2-4 times.
    And then it’s difficult to find the first ball to loop the ball..

  • Reply William October 31, 2017 at 10:28 am

    thank you so much

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  • Reply StealthX Gaming December 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    bcz of u, im able to get 2nd in a district tournament today…

  • Reply Salun Chamling Rai June 6, 2018 at 11:57 am

    i m also a backhand player
    Bud just training now
    And i need your guide to improve my ping pong training. I have already looked all your videos and by watching the video i`m learning new things
    Thanks for it

  • Reply Varsha Santosh June 19, 2018 at 12:31 am

    How to get both cut and spin in a table tennis serve

  • Reply sameer sawant June 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Which is the best serve ??

  • Reply Joseph Pinlac August 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Flick or push? Me: Loop for life!

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