Traditional Penhold

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Last updated 10 months ago

Jason  Bui

Jason Bui Asked 10 months ago

Why do most people in this table tennis generation stop using traditional Penhold? I still use traditional Penhold, and rarely see the top players using this grip?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 months ago

Hi Jason,

I feel it is because the Penhold grip has limitations on the backhand side.

Since the speed of the game has increased over the years it is more difficult to cover the court with your forehand predominantly.

Xu Xin is still near the top of the World ranking list as a penholder but his footwork is exceptional.


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eduardo espinosa

eduardo espinosa Posted 10 months ago

Xu Xin is a mix between traditional and the new RPB penholder. Traditional because his game heavily relays on the FH. RPB because he uses the BH rubber almost always on the BH side. Xu Xin is also a master of improvisation. (My favorite player at the present)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 months ago

Yes he has really worked hard on his backhand in the last couple of years to be able to keep up with the newer players.



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