Is it my imagination or are more too players using backhand flicks against long backspin serves rather than the traditional Bh loop? I’ve definitely noticed it among our top amateur players and local Olympic hopefuls . Is it something you’d recommend looking into?
Well flicks are really only used over the table and if the ball is long you should always look to topspin/loop because the flick is only really played because of the limitations when playing over the table.
On a half long ball it’s a bit different and a flick can still be used, but in the main I wouldn’t recommend using the flick if the ball comes long, it’s much easier and less effort to use a backhand topspin as you can make more use of the body and arm in the stroke too 🙂