Ma Long Vs Zhang Jike Technique

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Last updated 6 years ago

Sachin Bhoi

Sachin Bhoi Asked 6 years ago

Hello everyone here, 

Can everyone tell what they feel about technical difference in ma long and zhang jike's game, in term of footwork, speed and spin generation mechanism, recovery etc.

Because both player's game looks unique yet perfect and powerful. I just want to know what makes their game beautiful yet not quite same if we look. Both have same height(I search in google) yet I think ma long's center of gravity is upper than ZJK's. What this difference impart on the game. 

Ma Long plays like water, always flowing and flexible and zhang jike plays like mountain, always rooted balanced.   

Please consider fit ZJK at his peak and ML now.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Sachin,

It will be interesting to get peoples thoughts on this.

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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 6 years ago

That's what I would see too.

ML is water. ZJK is mountain. Very nice. In my opinion, that's why ML on the long run is Better than ZJK.just because Less vulnerable to injuries. ZJK has a lot of power in his legs, wich gives him probably very  effective topspin but overall I think the footwork of Ma long is better.  Because more Fluent. Looks more healthy. I also think there is a disproportion in the huge legs and quite skinny upper body of ZJK which might also be not healthy. ML on the other side looks quite proportional. Upper body is not too thin compared to his legs. 


Johan B

Johan B Posted 6 years ago

Ma Long's technique is just pure perfection, whereas Zhang Jike's is very much affected by his extreme backhand grip

Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 6 years ago

Zhang Jike needs alot of time to get pumped up, so he would normally lose the first 1 or 2 matches before making comebacks but Ma Long is pumped up really quickly. This is one of the advantages of ma long I think. He can get a headstart

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