Grip Tightening

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 months ago

Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper Asked 7 months ago

Hello,

I have noticed that whenever I do a forehand counterhit, or really any stroke that's not a push, my hand tightens when I make contact with the ball and then loosens up again. Is this a problem, and if so how can I fix it?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 months ago

Hi Sheldon,

You should try to keep your hand relaxed through the stroke.  Some players advocate tightening the hand slightly.  You can try this but I feel it is easier to focus on keeping the hand relaxed.  This allows you to use your wrist and fingers more effectively.


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Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper Posted 7 months ago

Okay, thanks!


Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper Posted 7 months ago

What is the best way to try to keep my hand relaxed? It seems like whenever I play a slam or something my hand tightens instinctively.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 months ago

Hi Sheldon,

I think it is just a matter of keeping focus on it while training.  I often get players to see how little effort they can take to make a shot.  This tends to get them to relax the arm, hand, fingers...


Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper Posted 7 months ago

Okay, thanks!


Venkat Venkat

Venkat Venkat Posted 7 months ago

Hi Sheldon,

I would also suggest you to focus on your placement while executing the shots during training. You can do this by laying down a marker (say a towel or a cone) on the spot where you wish to place your shot.

This causes you to refocus your mind on your placement thereby unintentionally maintaining a relaxed yet firm grip on your blade. This works for me.


Joe Miller

Joe Miller Posted 6 months ago

Maybe rest limbs before matches



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