Penholder's Chops

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Jorge Sanchez

Jorge Sanchez Asked 13 years ago

Hello, i'm a Penholder and have had some trouble with my chops. Forehand and even harder backhand chops for me a very difficult. What is your advice for Penholder's chop?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 13 years ago

Hi Jorge,

The stroke we call a chop is a defensive stroke used away from the table against a topspin. The penhold grip is not at all suited to this type of stroke. If you really want to be a chopper, then you would be better off switching to the shakehand grip.

If you are referring to hitting back a backspin ball, then we call this a push and you can definitely do this with the penhold grip. Take a look at our lessons on the push strokes. Most of the principles we talk about can be applied to the penhold grip. 

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D K Posted 7 years ago

But forehand chop can be done quite well...
I found it harder to get consistent,but if I got it right, I managed to do a chop that was much spinnier than my normal shakehand forehand chop

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