The backhand flick is a shot that separates the men from the boys on the pickle court.
The flick is a backhand roll shot that is used to attack an opponent. It is typically deployed as a speedup volley during a dink battle.
It is one of the last shots players master, and some pros still feel like they don't have it down. What makes the shot so difficult is the ball is usually attacked from slightly below the net level.
In the latest episode of It Feels Right, Anna Bright shares that she has been working to add it to her game.
Rob Nunnery explains his secret to mastering the backhand flick came from table tennis. He recommends a little cross-training to perfect the flick:
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How it's done
When hitting backhands in ping pong, "It's that same motion, it's the same upward roll. If you can just dial that in, it really helps."
Check out this example of the pickleball flick shot from pro AJ Koller: