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This may be the dumbest question you've ever had, but if you are able to give me a solution, it will be worth asking. I have large hands and long fingers which leads to the question: At least once a game I get hit on the knuckle of my 1st finger on my racket hand when trying to return via my backhand. I tried taping the 1st & 2nd together but it doesn't always work. Is it a question of technique because it is very frustrating?
It's not a dumb question at all and is in fact quite common. There are 2 main causes. The first is that you could be gripping the bat with your finger moving up onto the backhand rubber too much. Next time you play just check to ensure that your finger stays low on the bat in the correct position. I'm not sure what you mean by taping your 1st and second finger together. You only want 1 finger on the back of the bat.
If your grip is correct, then even with big hands there will be enough room but the problem is often solved by watching the ball more closely and ensuring it is going into the middle of your racket. You can work on this during practice. It's amazing how much of a difference it can make if you really focus on the ball. Don't take this for granted, next time you play, make it a priority to track the ball all the way on to the middle of the bat.
Let me know if these tips help you out.
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