Playing Against "Modern" Penholders

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 7 years ago

Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Asked 7 years ago

Can you give me some advice on how to play against ppenholders who have an excellent backhand?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Romeo,

Usually the forehand block is difficult for a penholder.  If you can get them to make a block off a topspin ball you may have some success there.

In general though you also need to think about the general tactics like you would against any player.  What types of serves don’t they like and to which places, as well as where they like to attack from and where they like to block from.  Follow the Vault for some more help on this.

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Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Posted 7 years ago

is it a good idea to still hit it wide to their forehand?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

This certainly can be a good tactic. Again it really depends on the opponent. Try this out next time you play them and let me know how it goes.

Johan B

Johan B Posted 7 years ago

This Ask the Coach Show might be interesting for you, including the linked video of Xu Xin vs. Samsonov (one could argue that Xu Xin has a "killer backhand", even if it doesn't compare to his insane forehand).

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