T.T grip wrap

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 years ago

Patrick Abad

Patrick Abad Asked 9 years ago

Coaches, is it okay if I use an electric tape as my grip wrap for my racket's handle?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Patrick,

There is no rule against it.  It is just whether it is comfortable or not.  Often the electrical tape will be slippery.

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Ronald Taylor

Ronald Taylor Posted 9 years ago

What is your advice about ANY wrapping of the handle with regards to potential loss of feel?  I have large hands, so build up flared grips with thick tape then cover with rubber tube to not slip when wet.  All are within a milimeter of same shape & size.  I don't get those read about sensations of vibrations, ball contact (until it compresses sponge to blade), dwell time, carrying the ball for placement, spin brushing.  Only aware of if hit sweet spot or not.  Sound is different but feel is just a muffled pulse.  Same whether I use 5-ply wood, balsa core carbon, or an Andro super core cell All+.  Are these feelings truly real or essential? Seems a fast/spinny stroke is eye-hand-body posisition dependent.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Ronald,

I like the feel of the ball hitting the bat but it is not essential. I like it especially for the touch strokes like short pushing.  I think if the grip feels more comfortable that is also an important factor.

Surapun Wongopasi

Surapun Wongopasi Posted 9 years ago

I myself put a Tibhar handle/grip wrap (made of imitation leather) on my blade handle.  First thing is that it is not slippery from my sweat.  The second benefit is that it helps balance the weight of heavy rubbers like the Chinese rubbers or heavy tensors like Tenergy.  I think the whole wrap is around 3-4 grams, but it does help balancing the head weight.  And the last benefit is it helps protect your blade's handle from discoloring and stains.

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