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The backhand flick has become one of the most used shots in table tennis.
I could be wrong but I believe Dimitrij Ovtcharov, is the main person who took this shot into the masses.
Peter Korbel was known for creating the Banana or Czech flip but Dima made the backhand flick a shot used a lot more and and many cases executed anywhere on the table.
Today, we see most top players look to return short serves with their backhands. Whether it be the Czech flick or a normal backhand flick. Recently a new flick has come to play, the "strawberry flick". The is a shot which technically starts in the same position as the Banana/Czech flick (high elbow) but is executed in an opposite movement to the Czech flick.
Change of name:
I’m unsure as to how the flick got the name “strawberry” but I would like to see a better name given. I think it’s important for our game to look and be portrayed in a professional manner. Banana and Strawberry sounds more like a nice fruit salad than an Olympic Sport.
I want us to refer to this newly introduced shot as the “inside out backhand flick” unless you guys can suggest something better?
How to execute the inside out flick.
1. Step into the table, keep your body facing in the direction of a normal or Czech flick. This enhances the effectiveness of the shot by deceiving your opponent via your body language.
2. Have your elbow nice and high to enable good shot execution.
3. Rotate your elbow and wrist in the opposite movement of a Czech flick. Wrap your wrist around the ball, injecting plenty of side spin (choice of top or back-side spin) depending on ball contact point.
To see this shot in execution click here
Personally love being creative and finding new concepts inside table tennis. Believe it or not the Strawberry flick has been around for many years. But now it has been taken to a whole new level due to the versatility and collaboration of the Czech flick. The disguise between both shots is extremely effective and I urge all players to incorporate in their games.
Written by Eli Baraty
eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
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