See my Facebook profile for the full length video. Couldn’t get it all on here as it is over a minute. Since the the "backhand banana flick" originated, table tennis has changed dramatically! Many players of all standards worldwide have turned this into a weapon/their main service receive.
It can also be used during a point (typically when players push short to each other). The banana flick certainly is a good one as it allows players to attack first/control the point from the get go. This can be scary to have to deal with!!! This shot has become such a weapon that players want to use it from everywhere on the table!
There are ways to counter/play against this shot when someone repeatedly does this. Typically, serving short to the forehand wide, long to their backhand, serving lower, etc there are quite a lot of ways.
On the other hand, there are also ways to get good against players trying to stop you from doing this.The purpose of banana flicking is to take control of the point. Players should be ready to follow up with another strong shot on the next ball, otherwise the purpose is defeated.. Lets visualise it with examples.. The video shows the following:
Point 1: Using this shot aggressively to win the point
Point 2: Serving wide, anticipating my opponent doing this shot, and blocking back really wide to win the point.
Points 3,4,5: Using this shot and being ready for it to come back to my backhand (it almost always does, but must be ready for the ball coming back anywhere), then trying to hammer the ball/be quick enough to cover it back quick.
Some clips of me building this set play in practice
Final point: Combination of this set play and some crucial footwork required (for discussion in future)
Highly recommended: Do fast but suitable multiball training fast. Ideally to the speed of your limits(where you can keep up but its difficult and feels quick for you). The idea is that it is faster than a match and come match time: you'll feel like the flash. #multiball #match #oceaniachampionships #flick #tabletennis #training #buildingskill