The Tale of the Creepy Finger

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Jim PingPalHal

Jim PingPalHal Asked 4 years ago

For some reason I find it constantly difficult to keep my pointer finger from creeping up the rubber when I'm hitting forehands. 

I have to always remember to try and keep it on the parallel of the bat. I think I find that it feels un-natural in that position so when my mind zones out that sneaky bugger will start moving up on the rubber.

Why is this? Is it common. Could this be solved with a different style handle? What's the best way to train it out of me if I find that it feels weird in the position it should be in. You can kinda see it creeping up in this here animated gif.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Jim,

It is a common problem.

Once solution that I was shown and use often is to put a little piece of paper or coin under the tip of the pointer finger while you are practising.  Then if your finger moves the coin or paper will drop and alert you to the movement.  Give it a try.

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Jim PingPalHal

Jim PingPalHal Posted 4 years ago

This worked. I used a coin and found that after a few nights practice I've been able to really focus on keeping my pointer in the right place. Thanks Alois!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Brilliant.  I will thank Bruce Carter from the Coburg TTC again for this "pointer"...

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