1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Table Tennis Basic Strokes - The Backhand Counterhit


6 of 6

Return to Ready Position
Photo of Backhand Counterhit - Return to Ready Position

Return to Ready Position

(c) 2006 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
The player returns to his ready position before the next stroke.

Points to look for:

  • The right foot has dropped as the weight of the body has come back to an even distribution.
  • The player simply had to let his right arm drop a little to have his bat back into the ready position. Note that the bat is pointing forward in a neutral position, and is not left in place for another backhand.
  • The waist, hips and shoulders have returned to their original position.
  • His knees have begun to bend as he returns to his basic crouch position.
  • His bodyweight is again evenly distributed between his left and right legs, and on the balls of his feet.

Next: The Backhand Push

Return to How to Play the Basic Strokes of Table Tennis

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.