Can penhold misform my fingers

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Edwin Gosens

Edwin Gosens Asked 6 years ago

Hi coach,

When im playing penhold my fingers do still hurt if i play like 1 hour. And i was wondering if penhold can misform your hands? especially my middle finger. And after i finished playing my fingers do still hurt for a while.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Edwin,

I haven't had that experience.  Perhaps try to hold the bat a little looser so there isn't as much strain on your fingers.

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Edwin Gosens

Edwin Gosens Posted 6 years ago

well, there is not even that much pressure on my fingers but there will always be some pressure i guess

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Let's see if some penhold players have advice for you.

A Paul

A Paul Posted 6 years ago

Hi Edwin, I played with penhold for about 2 months and I can tell you I haven't had any problems with my fingers ( but then I gived up with this, I'm much better with shakehand ). I think there are 2 posibilities : 1. you're holding the bat wrong ( for example, I think you keep your middle finger a bit up, and I think this is wrong in many situations ) and 2. you're doing some wrong moves when you stroke and defend and this may be a problem. It's just my opinion...

Kevin Long

Kevin Long Posted 6 years ago

I have played penhold since I was young, and as I've grown up with it, I've noticed that my fingers have rotated slightly outwards not by very much though, but aside from that only a small callus on thumb where I holds the handle.

If you're experiencing pain in your grip, I suggest altering finger positions, your grip should feel minimal pressure and should relatively loose. This is of course depending on your playing style too. If you want your fingers curled, you should be very free in the wrist and the pressure will be placed in the handle grip. With fingers extended, you will experience pressure in your middle and ring fingers, but it should be relatively small.

Edwin Gosens

Edwin Gosens Posted 6 years ago

I dont know, i want to hold my bat so i cant play with reverse backhand but i feel like i put my index finger wrong and that will mess up my whole grip.if i look at wang hao's grip he has his index finger different but i just dont know how to hold it like he does.

first i tried to hold my bat like xu xin but i realised that he has long fingers and i dont have long fingers so that would not work out.

I noticed the way i hold my bat is similair to ma lins grip but i want to hold it like wang hao.

alex yulo

alex yulo Posted 6 years ago

I am a wang hao no. 1 fan.. I change penhold for three months and I experience some blister of my index finger so I sander it down the wing of my bat.. when you do the RPB your Index finger wrap around slightly tighter and the thumb the one who press it down accompanied with the middle finger and the ring finger dont forget to bend your joints for your middle and ring finger. practice hard.. cheers!!

Joshua May

Joshua May Posted 6 years ago

Your skin should harden after a while of playing

Kevin Long

Kevin Long Posted 6 years ago

If you take a close look ar Wang Hao's middle finger while gripping, you'll notice the last segment of his finger bends unnaturally. This adaption has come from many years of playing, and from a young age. If you want to hold it like he does, prepare for pain.
I would opt for Xu Xin's grip, I have relatively short fingers and it works fine for me.

Ultimately, it is your decision, as you'll be the one playing.

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