Switching from penhold to shakehand

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Nick W

Nick W Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

I have been a penhold player for 30 years now. However, lately I have been experiencing some pain in my hand. The doctor is saying that I have tendonitis. I would like to switch from penhold to shakehand.

I know that I would need to change blades. However, I don't want to invest in custom blade if I want to learn the proper movements and techniques for shakehand.

What would your recommendation be for the shakehand racket?

Would a preassembled racket such as the Butterfly 401 shakehand racket good for me to start over?

Thanks and regards,


PS. Your Forehand flick tip for pips-out rubber worked for me like a charm. I was be able to win quite a few points off the short backspin serves. Unfortunately, that hand movement causes pain on my hand.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Nick,

Yes, something basic would be good just to get the feel for it.

Hope this helps with your pain as well.

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