Large hand problem

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 years ago

Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Asked 9 years ago

Dimensions [10+inches from thumb tip to little finger tip / 8.5 inch 2nd finger tip to base of palm and / 4.75 bottom to top of closed fist].

To grip a typical shakehand grip bat I find that my index finger goes almost a 1/4 of the way up on the rubber and my thumb also intrudes on the rubber in front.

Is there a bat manufactured for large hands vs special order or handmade?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Terry,

I haven't seen one but others may have some ideas.


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Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 9 years ago

why not u make yourself


Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Posted 9 years ago

Would it be considered legal? Have you seen any Utube or other sites that might give instruction on how to construct it?


Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 9 years ago

Terry.

Here are ITTF's laws on the racket (racquet). Note "any size, shape or weight", although you would be constrained by the size of the standard sheet of ITTF-approved rubber.

While not quite a do-it-yourself instructional video, I found this Japanese video on bat making quite interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SozRZAxg6vk

Martin

 


Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 9 years ago

Forgot the ITTF url:

http://www.ittf.com/ittf_handbook/hb.asp?s_number=2%2E04&


Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 9 years ago

Yes Sir, it would be legal because theblade is not to be approved by ITTF... I'm I right Alois?


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

Can I have a picture to see your hand ? That may help you...

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Yes that is right Aasim.

Here are the racket regulations.

2.04.01  The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid. 
2.04.02  At least 85% of the blade by thickness shall be of natural wood; an adhesive layer within the blade may be reinforced with fibrous material such as carbon fibre, glass fibre or compressed paper, but shall not be thicker than 7.5% of the total thickness or 0.35mm, whichever is the smaller. 

Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Posted 9 years ago

Frendy,

Either I just don't know how or there isn't a liink but I can't find a way to put in a picture of my hand. It may help if you know that I can palm a basketball without much difficulty.

Martin,

I looked at the video you noted. Not all that sure I have the tools or capability to do all the things shown in the factory. I've never even changed the rubbers on any of my bats. But the video did give me a good idea of how to do it if I can find a way to procure the necessary components.


Rene van der Kleij

Rene van der Kleij Posted 9 years ago

In an earlier post I read that ITTF doesn't approve blades, now I wonder why numerous brands put the ITTF logo on the handle.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Terry,

Email me the picture and I will get Jeff to out it up on the post.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

yes, you can post it to my email
frendy.halim1998@gmail.com ^^


Oliver

Oliver Posted 9 years ago

have you tried holding the bat slightly lower?


Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Posted 9 years ago

Oliver,

Yes that's my usual compensation, but I lose control of bat angle and on hard return shots the bat twists in my hand.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Here's 2 pictures from Terry showing his hands on a ruler.

Large hand Large hand

Julio Torres

Julio Torres Posted 9 years ago

Your thumb is really big....

Try a different possition of your thumb in the raquet

 


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

If you like to bent your fingers until there's bone sound, please stop it because it will make your fingers bigger and bigger you can make your fingers smaller by having diet so your fingers will be smaller it seems like the problome is because the thumb if you use bigger bat for your hand to hold, it'll make you more difficult to make the stroke because your other 4 fingers can hold the bat comfortly he's right to just put your thumb to the comfort position but if it's still problome for you, ask someone to make a blade for you that are modified for the big thumb I hope this'll help you :D

Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Posted 9 years ago

Thanks julio and frendy. Yes, I have fairly bad arthritis in both thumbs but it's the 4.5 inch first finger that is the bigger problem. I tried taping it to the second finger and that helped but I guess as long as it's just recreational I'll have to deal with losing points here and there. I saw a racket the other day that has a sunken space for the first finger and I'm gonna see if I can find anything like it in the area at the stores.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You may even be able to sculpt the area out of your bat if you think that would help.  You could try it on an old blade first.


Terry Hoobler

Terry Hoobler Posted 9 years ago

Good thinking. I have quite a few of those after trying lots of brands.


Oliver

Oliver Posted 9 years ago

Terry,

What I meant was to hold it lower in your hand but turning it so that your finger is still on it. In other words hold it like you normally would then turn the bat towards the index finger. And good luck with your arthritis :)


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

What about by using penhold grip ? If you really just wanto to use shakehand grip, try to find bigger and logger wood for your hand to hold it


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