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Should I Switch From Penhold to Shakehand? | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Should I Switch From Penhold to Shakehand? | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Gerald
has asked us a question about whether he should switch from penhold to shakehand. So Gerald feels very comfortable playing penhold
and he says that when he did try shakehand it wasn’t as good so his penhold forehand,
his topspins, his smashes were all better with the penhold grip but the reason that
he’s thinking about it is because his coach plays with the shakehand grip. Well Gerald I think you should just stay with
the penhold grip. There are advantages of the penhold grip. One is that you can utilise
your wrist a little bit better with the serve by using more wrist. It’s also good for your
forehand attack because again you’re utilising your wrist more fully for the topspin and
for the smash. The limitation has always been the backhand but you say that you can do a
reverse penhold backhand as well so you are really answering your own question by just
telling me that you are more comfortable with the penhold grip. If that’s what you are more
comfortable with then that’s what you should stay with. Why would you change to the shakehand?
The only reason would be if you tried the shakehand grip, it felt comfortable, and you
were able to play a little bit better. So for me, stick with the penhold grip Gerald. Alright Alois, you want Gerald to stick with
the penhold grip. What about new players who have never played before? Would you recommend
the shakehand or the penhold? How would you decide about that? So firstly I would see, some players, a lot
of players come to you and they’re already using one of the grips. Stay with it because
it’s probably a more natural thing for them. But if they come to you, they’ve never played
before I tend to favour the shakehand grip just because I use it and it’s probably easier
for me to teach but also if you now look at the top players in the World most of them
play with the shakehand grip. Xu Xin penholder bu most of the others shakehand grip. Very good.

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