Wrist hurting because of grip

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Zaid Jamal

Zaid Jamal Asked 6 years ago


I started holding the paddle the exact way you showed in the grips tutorial. (before I used to lower my grip just a little so my index finger would not be completely straight on the racket and my thumb not completely on the rubber) However, it is causing my wrist to ache and i have to adjust my grip between forehand and backhand. (I have a small hand so if i relax my grip on my backhand just as much on my forehand my shots get messed up) What should I do?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Zaid,

Keep your grip relaxed, is the most important thing to start with as long as it stays in the one place for all of your shots.

You will start to develop control with the relaxed grip as well.  Still keep your fingers in place but relax them as much as you can.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

Maybe your previous grip gave you a little more flexibility than the standard one described on Pingskills, and maybe you developped your strokes around that flexibility. Maybe you're now putting too much tension on your wrist, trying to reproduce the exact same strokes with the new grip and the slightly reduced flexibility. You may need to adjust your strokes a bit to make the new grip work without overstressing your wrist.

Zaid Jamal

Zaid Jamal Posted 6 years ago

I understand but if I relax it then I feel less confident in the accuracy of my shots. (I feel like my racket will change position in my hand)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

It is a delicate balance of relaxation and control.  If it is feeling sore then you are holding it tighter than you need to.  Just keep experimenting with it and you will find the right balance.

Zaid Jamal

Zaid Jamal Posted 6 years ago


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