Callous on my palm

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

Right now i'm using Donic Baum Esprit blade with flared handle. When i play too long, suddenly i have a callous on my palm. Do you think changing blade with another handle (e.g. anatomic/straight) will solve my callous problem ? This is so disturbing because it is really hurt.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Ernest,

I don’t think that a change in bat would make much difference.

You could try it out and see if it feels more comfortable because it may put pressure on different parts of you hand.

However, I think the main issue may be holding the bat too hard.  Try to relax the grip more.  

You will find that if you play enough, you will develop some callouses no matter how soft your grip just because you are rubbing your bat on your hand more than it is used to.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 8 years ago


This may be a stupid question, but are you sure you don't use a kid sized blade? They usually have rubber sizes close to regular bats, but their handles are smaller. The handle of a regular bat would typically be around 10cm long.

That said, I tend to develop a callous area in the lower left corner of my palm too, but I thought that was because I had a slightly unconventional grip. But it doen't hurt, so if you do hurt, as Alois metioned, your grip is probably too tight. Appart from the related discomfort, this isn't good for the quality of your game either (less touch, less swing).

Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Posted 8 years ago

Hi jean,

I'm using normal bat right now. I think I grip the handle too tight as Alois said. My palm feels so burned down after playing for a couple hours..

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 8 years ago

Stupid question number 2: I guess you made sure your bat doesn't have any rough edges in the area your hand hurts?

If you're globally too tense, relaxing is the way to go. But if you do hold your racquet too tightly because you're afraid that it may slip out of your hand when you make strong shots, you could consider adding a thin layer of tennis bat overgrip on the handle. You never seen top players use such things, so I guess it has some drawbacks (less feedback from the paddle to the hand?) but it helped me playing strong shots with a relaxed hand.

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