Change of hands

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Last updated 3 years ago

Otfried Krumpholz

Otfried Krumpholz Asked 3 years ago


For 2 years I have been playing on the club level and had quite some improvments. But since October I suffer from an epicondylitis in my right arm that just doesn't budge to treatment. As I couldn't stand not playing table tennis, in December I started training with my left hand and made quite some progress and even won a team match recently.

Some things I could transfer quite easily, e.g. topspin against backspin with my backhand seems to be no weaker on my left side. Others cause trouble,e.g. I could not transfer my well-matured serving techniques and have to start nearly from scratch developing good serves.

Do you have any tips for the transition from right to left-handed play?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Otfried,

Firstly well done on moving forward and making this happen.  I admire you.

I don't have any specific advice on the transition except to persevere... but I think that is something you already do well.  The other thing is to focus on the tension in your arm and hand when playing with the opposite hand.  It is probably easier to do this when starting again than if you try to focus on it with your right hand.

Perhaps others that may had been in a similar situation could add some advice.

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Otfried Krumpholz

Otfried Krumpholz Posted 3 years ago

Hi Alois,

Do you mean, focus on the tension of the non-playing hand and arm in the sense of not having too much tension, or too few?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Otfried,

Focus on tension in the arm you are playing with.  Try to have less tension.

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