Penhold by Wang Hao

There is a popular instructional video on the Chinese site Youku (like YouTube in China) which demonstrates various penhold techniques by Wang Hao, the three time Olympic Silver Medalist, World Cup and World Championship Gold Medalist and former world’s number 1 ranked player.  It was updated last summer with English subtitles, so now everyone can follow along.

China's Wang Hao serves to Japan's Seiya Kishikawa in their men's singles quarterfinals table tennis match at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic GamesThe great thing about this video is that Wang Hao demonstrates the various techniques then explains what he is doing and why he does it.  Then the technique is replayed in slow motion from different angles, showing everything from grips, to stance and footwork.  After each technique, a narrator recaps the action in slow motion.  Following in the tradition of famed penholders Liu Guoliang and Ma Lin, Wang Hao represents the best of penhold play in the modern era.

Courtesy of GuoQiuHui and DHS; Subtitles by JaggedTranslates

If you are in a hurry and want to skip to various parts, here is a table of contents:

1.  Forehand (1:27)                                                                                                                                2.  Backhand (4:21)                                                                                                                               3.  Forehand/Backhand Transition (8:28)                                                                                       4.  Penhold Hook Serve (12:32)                                                                                                          5.  Penhold Reverse Side Serve (18:18)                                                                                             6.  Backhand Attack (20:32)                                                                                                                7.  Backhand Loop Return + Power-Drive Loop (23:51)                                                               8.  Over The Table Backhand Loop (27:31)                                                                                      9.  Initiating Forehand Attack (31:46)                                                                                            10.  Initiating Backhand Attack (34:05)                                                                                          11.  Blocking Topspin Return with Backhand (38:01)                                                                  12.  Successive Backhand Loops (41:15)

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[UPDATE – March 19, 2015]  At the end of 2014, Wang Hao announced his retirement from the China National Team and competitive table tennis.  The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and DHS released a great Top Ten video of Wang Hao’s greatest hits:

  Courtesy of ITTF and DHS

[UPDATE – December 9, 2014]  To demonstrate Wang Hao’s high level of skill with the penhold style, check out this match at the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships against Ma Long:

Courtesy of ttCountenance

Here’s another great match at the 2010 World Cup, against Zhang Jike:

Courtesy of ttCountenance

And check out this crazy multi-ball session at the China national training centre:

Courtesy of placid21

And finally, a nice tribute video posted by Youtube user ttbestable:

Photo Courtesy of Reuters

About J. Kim

Writing about #YEG table tennis happenings. Former nuclear submariner and avid table tennis player. Play ping pong & participate in the world's most popular sport.
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1 Response to Penhold by Wang Hao

  1. i love pen-hold style. I don’t know but whenever I play pen-hold, I play pretty good with it. I have a lot of control when I grip the racket like this, and I have a lot of power, too. I need to develop it further

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