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Some people are excited to learn and associate with players that want to improve their skill, and share ideas and knowledge of the fun of table tennis. But most of them are having question on why reverse back hand can not be as good as shakehand? Well, if you are having the same question in mind, then it looks like you and I are not the only ones for this.
More Spin in Short Distance
Actually I think reverse backhand is in some ways better than shakehand. Mainly because one is able to spin the ball more at short distances. This is mainly what I notice about Wang Hao’s backhand. It has as much spin as some forehand loops. Shakehand backhand has better blocking and flipping.
In my opinion just practice a lot and train a lot. By the time you will see the result which is better than shakehand backhand. Take a look at Wang Hao as he is the perfect live example that you can follow suit.
For myself, I have been a penhold player all my life. It is more difficult to return a far left shot and short flicks though. The rph not only compensates for them but enables a more powerful spinning shot when executed. I practiced it a lot with my machine. However when it comes to a match I revert back to traditional penhold. It’s hard to break the muscle memory habit after so many years. I’ll keep trying though.
Play Like Wang Hao
By the way, there is a good Wang Hao tutorial on penhold and reverse penhold that you can see in the video. It’s really good example that everyone who are of penhold player shouldn’t miss. The video shows you the grip stance, feet positioning, and etc. After watching the video tutorial, only I found out that my racket angle was incorrect all this while. He emphasized started the swing from the elbow not the wrist to generate more spin and power.
Here is the video, I watch it about once a month or so and I been benefited a lot from it and can see a very significant improvement on my penhold skill.
As I’ve been playing rpb since I started in 2010 and I’m still surprising myself how much more you can develop the technique every once in a while. However, in my opinion, one major drawback for the penhold backhand is a bigger crossover point than the shakehand backhand. This is of course non-existent in the traditional penhold. So my tip is to balance between traditional (as not to lose the advantage) and using rpb. Of course, you need to practice your rpb a lot at the same time since it needs practice.