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PostPosted: 03 Jun 2017, 12:33 
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I'd like to explore this. I never thought I'd say this but with our flagship player floundering a bit it may be coming. I blame the ball. Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Fan Zhendong, Ovtcharov to name a few have such explosive backhands that as a penholder it is hard to hit. Especially with a polyball!


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Probably, at least at the highest level of play.
It is not just the new ball. It seems that a lot of the changes ITTF has made since the 38 mm ball era have been detrimental to penholders.
It is not the case SH has gotten better; TT is just a "very different" game right now.


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Blade: Prasidha Premade CPEN
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End of the classical penholders? (Li Ching, Yoshida Kaii, He Zhi Wen, Li Jiao) Probably.

End of JPen? Most likely.

End of semi-classical penholders? Wang Zeng Yi, XX (very forehand oriented. RPB grip is naturally closed and has a small contact area with his fingers spread on the top sheet so it fukks up his wrist every time he does it) maybe in a few years?

End of Penholders? I don't think so. Now I know Xue Fei and Wu Jiaji aren't in their peak yet and to be honest I don't quite like how their RPBs look but this seems to be the way to adapt to the game.
It's possible Penholders will slowly switch to a more shakehand-like game (developing a more open angled grip for RPB side, using CPen Viscarias and playing a more control and placement based game instead of spin far away from the table like XX) but not disappear out right.


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