New Paddle Penhold

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 8 years ago

Charles Jiang

Charles Jiang Asked 8 years ago

Hello Coach Rosario,

I recently purchased a DHS A5006 paddle which is a big improvement over the generic Walmart paddles I've been using for a while now.  However, my hands are used to the lighter weight from the cheaper paddles so my index finger is sore and sometimes gets a little numb after a few rounds of play.  Is it normal for most paddles to be around the weight of the DHS series for 5-ply wood or am I just holding it wrong?  I never had this problem with the cheaper paddles before...

I saw the paddles PingSkills have but noticed they were all long handles - will that affect my Chinese penhold style grip that I've grown up with?  I'd love to purchase a Rook or Touch but wanted some reassurance that its design suited the c.penhold style.

Thank you very much for your time and advice!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Charles,

The new racket is probably a little heavier than what you are used to.  It would be similar to most rackets.  Try to relax the grip slightly.  Often players hold their fingers too tightly.  You can even try to sand down the shoulder of the bat where you are holding it.  It may have shaper edges there that if you just sand very slightly will make the grip more comfortable.

We do have a Penhold version of the Touch if you are interested in it.  Take a look at this link. PingSkills Touch Penhold.


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Charles Jiang

Charles Jiang Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for the info Coach Rosario.  I went ahead and purchased a PingSkills Touch Mark V.  One feedback is that you might want to make it a little more obvious that there is a penhold version for the Touch.  On the "Store" page there's only one link on the right hand side under "Equipment" for it - a picture would help.

Thanks for answering my question regarding the grip.  I suppose my hand/wrist/arm isn't used to heavier (standard) paddles yet.  I'll continue to use the DHS for practice and experiment with sanding parts down to see if that results in a more comfortable grip until the Touch arrives.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for the feedback.  We do have this as a change to make to the site.

Just let us know if you want a gap between the handle and the rubber on either or both the forehand and backhand side.  This is a matter of preference of feel.



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