Every player has a different style of holding the table tennis racket. Some prefer it holding it in V-Style while some prefer holding it in shakehand pattern. Penhold players, as the name suggests, have a unique style of holding the paddle as if they are holding a pen.
Penhold is a traditional Chinese style of holding the blade. Penhold players are basically table players and prefer playing a deadly shot early in the game as they avoid playing long rallies which might pressure their both sides, forehand and backhand. This grip offers many advantages like killer serves, flatter smashes, and focused drives. On the other hand, a long rally is unfavorable for such players, and they don’t enjoy the flexibility of playing easy shots from a distance. Here is a video which you can watch to understand the penhold playing style, as mastered by different players:
If you’re penhold style player, you need to choose a blade that suits your playing style. Here are a few blades from Butterfly that are best suited for this playing style:
Price : $ 236.99
The Innerforce ZLC is an extremely fast blade. It provides excellent control which lets you play shots with accuracy. Not just the speed, the blade blocks like a wall and has a very good throw. It delivers good flex and at the same time is stiff enough to be stable and assertive. Normally you play close to the table in penhold position, but even if you are at a distance, this blade will let you play accurate shots.
ZLC has a sophisticated touch and good control. In the hands of a skillful player, this blade can be very fast. It offers great control if you compare it with other carbon blades. The build is solid and is highly durable. The flicks and pushes in a short game are delivered perfectly. The serving is massive and you will notice good weight in your shots. It also pairs well with a wide variety of rubbers.
Price : $ 149.99
This blade is designed with a balance to play from both sides of the paddle. The speed of the shots is balanced and you have firm control for drive and block style while playing. One thing worth noticing is, that it is enhanced with 2 layers of Arylate-Carbon. Arylate-Carbon is a special material created with a woven combination of Arylate and Carbon. Blades using Arylate-Carbon are known to have improved power, speed, and control.
The flip shots can be played with beauty. In defense mode, the flow is smooth and precise, the chop and spinning in particular are very unforgiving. The blade weighs nearly 81 gm without rubber. The 1.6 mm thick outer Hinoki plies on both sides gives a great grip and also contributes in controlling paddle vibration.
Price : $349.99
This blade is named after and used by the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryu Seung Min. The Ryu Seung Min G Max is Butterfly’s fastest all wood penhold blade. The shape and design of the padlle is unique which is specifically designed for penhlod playing style.
The back side of the blade is black in color and comes with red adhesive racket sheet in alignment with ITTF two color rule. The cool red tiger motif on the blade also makes a stunning style statement. Never harms to impress your buddies with a little swag!
This blade is built from the highest grade of 1-ply Kiso Hinoki, which makes it light weight (nearly 90 gm), and the shots and movement flow like water. If you are a fast attacker with fluidity in your game, this blade is the right choice for you.
Price : $ 134.99
Hadraw is a high class Chinese offensive penhold blade built from the intricate wenge veneer wood. The touch of the blade is medium hard, though it still delivers a controlled movement during the game.
If you use soft rubbers like Tenergy 05 FX, this is the right blade for you. The blade is meant for quick attack and weighs only 91 gm.
Some players have complained about this model being too hard. It has excellent blocking properties and average top-spin.
Price : $ 74.99
This blade is a real Chinese blade designed for quick attacks with good speed and control. This is a popular penhold blade which is a perfect bang for your money. The speed produced by this blade is amazing as it is built with a unique combination of real woods, including ayous outer plies.
The conical handle is extremely comfortable which makes the hard hitting shots easy. This blade is suitable for players who are hard hitters, play close to the table and rely on quick attacks for points. Looping by this blade is on a little average side though.
The blade feels light and fast. If you like doing quick wrist flicks, you’ll have a good time playing with it. Overall, it is a good blade for its price.