Dan Seemiller grip

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Jon Augspurger

Jon Augspurger Asked 8 years ago

I use Seemiller grip and have been playing for a year and a half.  My goal is to get to at least 2000 rating.  Right now I am at 1800.  Do you think I should switch to shakehand grip or stay with the Seemiler grip?

 If you think I should stay with the Seemiller grip do you have any suggestions on how to deal with heavy underspin to the backhand which is really the weakness with this grip.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Jon,

I would recommend changing grips if you are finding the backhand topspin difficult.  After a year and a half you will still be able to make changes quite easily.

If you do decide to stay with the grip, you can adjust but it is a limiting factor.  Mainly focus on the angle of your racket through the stroke.  Try to get it as open as possible. 

Having said all of that I don't have a lot of experience with the Seemiller grip so if someone uses it and can offer better advice I wold be happy to hear it. 

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Linus Koh

Linus Koh Posted 8 years ago

What is a seemiliar grip?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

HI Linus,

It is a grip made famous by Danny Seemiller.  He puts his index finger and thumb around the sides of the blade.  He then mainly uses the forehand side of his bat to hit from both sides.  This eliminates the crossover point.  However it can be awkward to lift balls with backspin because it is difficult to use your wrist when you have you fingers in that position.

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Jason Ferdinand

Jason Ferdinand Posted 3 years ago

What's the advantage and disadvantages of this grip?


D K Posted 3 years ago

This grip enables you to use one rubber on both sides just like penholders do,but just like penholders our backhand will be nearly block-only side as a backhand loop is very hard to do with it.
It is used by player with harsh differenc between their rubbers to enable usage of both rubbers on their backhand to confuse their opponent.

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