Grip Revisited

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 years ago

thomas mcnamara

thomas mcnamara Asked 3 years ago

Hi Coach. My favorite tip from you isĀ  holding the bat in the last two fingers, freeing up the wrist. I found this easy to learn on the forehand and basically didn't on the backhand. I unconsciously got away from this, though, and I had a swing emphasizing the index or the thumb. I'm going back to your way now and realize to do this on both shots you basically change the grip slightly each time by pivoting the bat so the ring finger and pinky are firmed up for each shot. This is what you meant, right? I don't see a way to do it without the slight change. I can do it quickly, as quickly it seems to me as the slight change almost everyone uses when going from forehand to backhand.As you move toward the ball, you pivot the bat. Of course I'm not facing 100 mph returns. I don't remember you mentioning this pivot in the grip video. Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Thomas,

I am glad that is helping you and great observation and adaptation.

Initially I think it is best to keep the grip fairly central but as you progress a little you can start to change that position in your hand a slightly to make the forehand and backhand easier to perform by getting over the ball.

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