Shakehand vs. Penhold technique

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 10 years ago

Ashutosh Mishra

Ashutosh Mishra Asked 10 years ago

Hi guys! My question is as follows:

I play shakehand and the person I most frequently play with plays penhold. Is there any advice you could give me that can give me an edge over him. He tends to stay fairly close to the table but rarely smashes the ball, preferring to add spin instead.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Ashutosh,

The main advantages of the shakehand in this situation is that your backhand can be stronger especially if they are not using the Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB).  The other area that you may be able to exploit is that it is more difficult to block a heavy topspin with the penhold grip as it is more difficult to turn your wrist over the ball and keep it down.

Good luck with that match up. 

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