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Get a Grip

Learning the correct way to hold the bat is essential. The correct grip allows you to develop your strokes using the correct technique.


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Basic Strokes

Basic Strokes
Back to Strokes and Techniques 0% COMPLETE 12 LESSONS
1 Introduction 1:08
2 Get a Grip 4:03
3 How To Serve 3:58
4 The Most Important Skill 2:58
5 Basic Stance 2:16
6 Which strokes to learn first 2:04
7 Forehand Counterhit 4:04
8 Backhand Counterhit 4:54
9 The Finish Position 3:21
10 Backhand Push 3:13
11 Forehand Push 3:17
12 Summary and Outcomes 0:24

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Gordon Roberts

Gordon Roberts Posted 5 years ago

Good, clear, precise


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Gordon!


Rick Jones

Rick Jones Posted 5 years ago

Thank you!  Comparing the pro's and con's of each grip is a good way to teach the grips.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Rick.


dinesh hockey

dinesh hockey Posted 5 years ago

nice explanation....

 


femi jenzy

femi jenzy Posted 5 years ago

awesome i love u guys


Stefan Novovic

Stefan Novovic Posted 5 years ago

Serbian translation can somehow? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Stefan,

At this stage we don'y have access to a translator.  If any of our freinds are out there and willing to do a translation for you that would be useful.


taha usman

taha usman Posted 5 years ago

hey alois!! love your videos!! made my game through it!! but since exploring the game i have been quite confused because i have seen a lot of pros playing strange shots on underspin (upward motion topspin which send the ball flat and fast rather than spinny and slow, and believe me its a complete upward motion no forward motion!!) , long story short i still havent achieved a particular style i have been changing grips, i play all 11 points differently(advantage but no consistency on my account)!! i have recently started holding my racket with a lower grip and i also curl the thumb like a "L" which kind of steadies my backhand but now the problem is my forehand its getting awkward and i hesitate killing or topspining the ball alot!! i mostly kind of lift it(not that much but enuff for my experienced colleagues to kill it)!! my friend told me that my problem is that i dont rotate my body?? i mean how will i do that when i dont have enuff time during the rally PLUS i am tall so i kinda use my height to reach the ball (i know!! that means very little footwork :( ) i wanted to ask you 1- is rotation the right thing when it comes to counterhit? 2- is the grip i described alright for forehand...or is it just causing me problems?? 3- any idea how i can achieve the topspin described above??

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Taha,

Thanks for your support.  You will find with the topspin against backspin they are still coming forward with their stroke to generate some more speed.  It may be with the twist of the waist or with a slightly flatter contact.  What you need to do is incorporate the twist of the waist into your stroke.  It isn't an added time thing but just twist as you are playing the stroke.

You need to try and find a style that suits you.  Try to keep your thumb down.  It will be easier for backhand with your thumb up but you need to consider the whole game.  The thumb down will be better overall.

 


Atharva Beloskar

Atharva Beloskar Posted 5 years ago

thanks i like the video and i learnt good things about it


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Great to hear Atharva.  Let us know if we can help in any other way.


Riyadh riyadhi103

Riyadh riyadhi103 Posted 4 years ago

Thanks ...


Jeremy Sea

Jeremy Sea Posted 4 years ago

Hi。Iwant to ask why I cannot see video on the internet.I am Chinese.How to solve this problem?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Jeremy,

These videos are hosted on YouTube. Are you able to watch other YouTube videos? If so, I would try using a different browser and see if that helps.


Jeremy Sea

Jeremy Sea Posted 4 years ago

Hi Jeff, Thanks for your reply.

I am not able to watch YouTube videos. I will be really grateful if you try using a diffrent browser to help me.

I love table tennis very much,especially chopping.I am learning chopping recently.I use inverted sandwich rubber for my forehand.I want to ask 1.Which kind of rubber is suitable for backhand?I'd like to use long-pimpled rubber like Korean Player Joo Se-Hyuk .But my coach suggests sandwich rubber in order that I can still attack with my backhand.How should I choose?

2.I feel my bat is a bit heavier when I chop .Do I need to change a lighter table tennis floor?

3.Where can I learn more English words and expressions on table tennis?Could tell me some websites or paper texts?

I hope Pingskills can become better and better!Thank you very much.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Jeremy, unfortunately if you can't access youtube you won't be able to see them online.  The alternative is to purchase our DVD set through our website. At the moment there is a Runout sale on the DVDs so you can get the PingSkills Super Pack (all six of our DVDs) for just $59.95


Caleb The

Caleb The Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Alois for the info.

Now I know why my dad told me to use the shakehand grip.

You just explained why you should put your index finger on the rubber.

Thanks, it helped me out a lot!!! :)

 


farhan hani

farhan hani Posted 4 years ago

thanx man u r awesom

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

No problems Farhan.


Sharon McClain-Gill

Sharon McClain-Gill Posted 4 years ago

Very clear, Thank you!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Sharon.


minh Triet

minh Triet Posted 4 years ago

Good video


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Minh.


boge mohseen

boge mohseen Posted 4 years ago

thank you master and good job 


kenzzz kenzzz

kenzzz kenzzz Posted 4 years ago

haaaahhhhaaaaa can u teach me table tennis

 


Billy Bob

Billy Bob Posted 4 years ago

My coach taught me a different way to position the fingers on the back of the penhold bat, and I notice the top penhold players doing this to. It is like a combination of the Chinese and Japanese grips. The fingers are not curled, but straight and rather than being "fanned" out, they are stacked. Is there a specific name for this particular style of holding the bat penhold way?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Billy Bob,

This is a good variation.  The Chinese often use this grip too.


Billy Bob

Billy Bob Posted 4 years ago

Yes, it's pefect for both forehand and RPB.


Bivek Chhetri

Bivek Chhetri Posted 4 years ago

Thanks..

 


Dylan Foundling

Dylan Foundling Posted 4 years ago

This is a great vid - it clearly helped me to differentiate between the two grips


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Kaler.  Glad to be able to help.


Dayana Odah

Dayana Odah Posted 4 years ago

HEY COACH/.....I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I FEEL SOO AFRAID WHEN I WANNA START A PING PONG MATCH.....I HAVE A MATCH IN 1-NOVEMBER-2012....AND NO ONE TEACH ME HOW TO PLAY IT S,SO I LEARNED FROM THESE VIDEOS ...AND I PLAY IT IN MY SCHOOL ..SO PLEASE WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR TAKING THIS FEAR AWAY??? PLEASE REPLY..:)


Dayana Odah

Dayana Odah Posted 4 years ago

I NEEEEEDD UR HELLLLPP!!!!!!!!!!!I GONNA BE CRAZZYY!!!


Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh Posted 4 years ago

To late for that mate!


Hamza Ibrahim

Hamza Ibrahim Posted 4 years ago

The way I grip is that my whole index finger lies flat on the back of the bat, I think it gives me power when smashing. I don't use backhand because I am able to recieve the ball with my forehand just like in the pen hold  grip. Is my grip correct? Will I be able to play efficiently with that grip? Thanks :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Hamza,

It would be good to keep the index finger down as low as you can on the backhand side of the bat.  This will also free up your wrist when you are playing your forehand and will make the strokes more effective.  It will also let you start to develop your backhand more.  Give it a try.


Ethan ....

Ethan .... Posted 4 years ago

Pretty good video. Good explanation. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Ethan.


alexander alsayd

alexander alsayd Posted 4 years ago

thank you very mach

 


low jynhao

low jynhao Posted 4 years ago

thank you very much 

 


Prithish Ray

Prithish Ray Posted 4 years ago

Hi Alois,

Thanks for the tip on holding the bat handle with a relaxed grip. It has helped my short game very much.

My question is how tightly should I be gripping the rubber in between my index finger and thumb?

Thanks!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

You can hold it just as lightly.


Prithish Ray

Prithish Ray Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Alois. Keep up the good work!


ganesh burra

ganesh burra Posted 4 years ago

I am practicing Shakehand grip and started to hold the bat lightly, but about 4-5 times I have observed that the ball hit my Thumb while hitting forehand topspin.How can I correct it, should I hold further at the bat at the top of handle.

Also a question, when making shots if the bat brushes our shirt then is it legal (only black side of bat brushed my shirt but I am making shot with Red side)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Firstly check if you have your thumb in the right position on the bat.  I shouldn't be too much on the rubber but more on the top of the wooden handle.  If the ball is still hitting your thumb it is probably more a matter of getting accuracy with your hitting rather than your grip.  Think about watching the ball closely and hopefully this will lessen the number of times you hit your thumb.

If the bat hits your shirt that is OK.  Just the ball is not allowed to touch anything except the bat and up to your wrist.


ganesh burra

ganesh burra Posted 4 years ago

Thanks I would watch the ball very close to my hand and then make shots from here on. By the way can the reflection on the table of ball be used as an index while making shots, I found it useful especially when my opponent hits topspin.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

I haven't tried it before.  Is it the reflection of the lights?


ganesh burra

ganesh burra Posted 4 years ago

Yes, especially on Green tables I get to see the reflection and blindly pick that top spin.I guess you pick top spin right out of opponents hand. But I just throw my bat at the point where reflection and ball appear at an angle and somehow it becomes a push.


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Jeff Awsome answer as always, very helpful once again.!!!!


ujjval verma

ujjval verma Posted 4 years ago

Fabulous discussion on this forum. Thanks to all.


Chansarivuth Dy

Chansarivuth Dy Posted 4 years ago

Thank you coach For this lesson. 

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

No problems.


Juliana Bumagat

Juliana Bumagat Posted 4 years ago

Love the video tnx for posting it!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Glad you liked it Juliana.


martin coronel

martin coronel Posted 3 years ago

dont you take philippine peso at the your store when i buy it can i pay in peso


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Once you go through the payment process Paypal should convert it to your local currency.


santosh bedarkar

santosh bedarkar Posted 3 years ago

nice sir

 


Rogerio Brilhante

Rogerio Brilhante Posted 3 years ago

Very good. Thanks.


samuelson ame

samuelson ame Posted 3 years ago

hello pingskills.. ive only started playing table tennis since last week and i got alot of improvements thank you...


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Guys...


Dipanjan Kar

Dipanjan Kar Posted 3 years ago

thanks.it helps me a lot


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

No problems Dipanjan.


Eshaan Mishra

Eshaan Mishra Posted 3 years ago

nice video

 


Caesar Primus

Caesar Primus Posted 3 years ago

Good insight into pro's and con's of the different grips, Alois. One of the preceding comments asked whether the bat touching the shirt made the play "legal"... I've often e often wondered: if a player drops the bat just prior to return, can that player validly return the ball with his hand??


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Caesar,

You do need to have the bay in your hand to play the shot otherwise you lose the point.


khalid alshaqsi

khalid alshaqsi Posted 3 years ago

cool

 


HASSAN farooq

HASSAN farooq Posted 3 years ago

Cool :)


Sovan Ly

Sovan Ly Posted 3 years ago

I do the first I do not do the second. Thanks.i am a kid.


Cornel Mejia

Cornel Mejia Posted 3 years ago

Basic information and fundamentals are not only helpful for the beginner but often valuable as a refresher.

Building blocks and solid foundation yes?

Thank you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Happy to be able to help Cornel.


Nam Pham

Nam Pham Posted 3 years ago

This video is very useful, I like your voice, Alois. But I poor to hear in english. And when I open English (automatic captions), it's difficult to read. It will be very great if you use English as primary language for subtitle. :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Nam,

We are in the process of doing translations ourselves.  As you can imagine it is a big job, but we are getting through them slowly.


Hanson Church

Hanson Church Posted 3 years ago

I was shown a grip today that is like the shake hand except the thumb is the opposite side of the pointer and it is on the hard part. It worked for offense, but not really on defense. I intend to use it and turn into more of an offensive player


Vung Mac Van

Vung Mac Van Posted 3 years ago

Easily to understand. I prefer shake hand grip.

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Glad you liked it Vung.


soheila zangeneh

soheila zangeneh Posted 3 years ago

why CANT i play the video???! plz helP! :'(


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

What happens when you try to play it?


puneet agarwal

puneet agarwal Posted 3 years ago

My First Lesson .... will try this today evening .... keep on sharing :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Let me know how it goes.


Dheeraj Chawla

Dheeraj Chawla Posted 2 years ago

I've just switched to pen grip and am thinking of going premium, 

but I am wondering do the lessons in premium show pen grip tips?

Please help!

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Hi Dheeraj,

Most of our lessons are done with the shakehand grip.  We do have a lesson however that explains the difference and you will see that techniques are very similar with the two grips for most things. Penhold Techniques for Table Tennis


Gregory Santone

Gregory Santone Posted 2 years ago

I was wondering what the wrist position should be when holding the bat with shakehand grip: 1) the wrist is straight relative to the forearm or 2) the wrist is angled slightly downward such that the top edge of the bat is more in line with the forearm or 3) something else?? Or does the wrist angle depend on the stroke/technique as opposed to a mechanic of the default grip?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Hi Gregory,

Try to keep the wrist in a ‘natural’ position or straight in relation to the forearm.  From there it will change slightly during each stroke.


ujjval verma

ujjval verma Posted 2 years ago

This basic lesson is so much fulfilling even after working on it for years !!!

 

Thanks

Ujjval

 


Richard Saidy

Richard Saidy Posted 2 years ago

Great 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Thanks Richard.


Anirudh Moudgil

Anirudh Moudgil Posted 2 years ago

Sir

 

I would like to start by thanking and appreciating your work. As a beginner I should say your videos are significantly useful to me.

Coming to my question I feel comfortable with pen hold grip,  as you have already discussed the disadvantage, I find it extremely uneasy to return the ball if it comes to my left side [I am right handed]. I would be really nice of you if you could give me a word of advice

Regards 

Anirudh Moudgil


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Hi Anirudh,

The backhand is a more difficult stroke for the penholder.  Take a look at our lesson on the Penhold Techniques for Table Tennis.  I think this will give you some ideas of what to do with you backhand stroke.

Thanks for the kind words about the site.


Åsa Hulthén

Åsa Hulthén Posted 2 years ago

Thank You! I guess I'm a bat-strangler but now this is going to change.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Haha, Asa be kind to your bat.


Niki Najera

Niki Najera Posted 2 years ago

I Loved it.  It was very helpful as are all your videos.  Thanks for all the great videos.  I am a 65 young BEGINNER.  I bought the tt table because my neighbors kids had lost a mother and a father, respectfully.  It was my way of trying to make lemonade. They are all doing well now but now I have fallen in love with the game.  I even got my 90 young Vietnamese next door neighbor to play with me a number of times.

I bought a second hand table then I dropped it and it is in bad shape.  But I can still practice by myself.  I want to buy a better table but that seems daunting.  All the questions manufacturer, type, how much money and most important how to get it home.  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Hi Niki,

I am glad that you are enjoying the site.  That is a wonderful gesture for you to do help out the neighbours and the game must be your reward.

The main thing with a table is the thickness of the top and its portability, if you need to move it around.  There are a lot of good brands out there.  If you find something let us know and we may be able to give you some advice about it.


Niki Najera

Niki Najera Posted 2 years ago

Thank you for having my back.  I'll let you know what my options are once I start researching tables.


Niki Najera

Niki Najera Posted 2 years ago

Do you know what video had me coming back to Pingskills?  The one where you teach us how to practice alone.  I found this extremely  useful when the weather is bad or I don't have someone to play with.  That was so darn cool.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Thanks Niki.


dat pham

dat pham Posted 2 years ago

thanks alot


Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks Posted 2 years ago

I think that it's a good video. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Thanks Joseph.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 2 years ago

I have a shake hand grip, but the tip of the bat is higher than my forearm my wrist is not low is it a defect position? all your videos are very good


Manan Patel

Manan Patel Posted 2 years ago

This is awesome. Thanks for putting the subtitles. As a deaf player, this helped me a lot! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

Good to know that Manan.


Niki Najera

Niki Najera Posted 2 years ago

I have a huge problem with my thumb getting in the way.  Funny you should address this grip issue just when I needed to brush up.

Thanks guys love the videos.


Ahmed El-deeb

Ahmed El-deeb Posted 1 year ago

This vid improve my skills very well

Thanks alot....

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

No problems Ahmed.


daniel mapanoo

daniel mapanoo Posted 1 year ago

are you a filipino? cause i am :)

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

I am Australian but I was born in India.


Erix Gonzales

Erix Gonzales Posted 1 year ago

I THINK IT WAS SO COOL WATCHING AT SCHOOL


Steve Kerlovich

Steve Kerlovich Posted 1 year ago

 Lots of talking but they should have shown some shots in action it would be much more effective 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Thanks Steve.  We tried to keep this one as basic as possible and then go on to demonstrate hitting in the following videos.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 1 year ago

Alois, my coach say that I must hold my racket tightly and she don't allow me to use my wrist in any strokes except serving, why she said that?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

To start with it is good to keep control of your wrist for strokes.

Maybe you were holding the bat too tightly.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 1 year ago

we hold too tigtly and it's no good to be relax, the arm becomes stiff, like a bird in the hand.!!


christos coutsis

christos coutsis Posted 1 year ago

Amazing...


manish kohli

manish kohli Posted 1 year ago

hai sir,

What type of grip it should be while playing fore hand top spin and back hand top spin. 

Manish kohli


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Try to have a central grip for most of your shots including these two.


martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 1 year ago

hello coach have you post photos? thanks


Kishore Marathe

Kishore Marathe Posted 1 year ago

Excellent Explanation


Rafsan Rahman

Rafsan Rahman Posted 1 year ago

This is awesome


D Dixon

D Dixon Posted 1 year ago

Sound fundamental lesson!


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 1 year ago

What about seemiller grip?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Hi Tushar,

It is not one we recommend but it is an option.


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 1 year ago

Maybe it is good for serving purpose. 


Nguyen Huy luu

Nguyen Huy luu Posted 1 year ago

Good


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Thanks.


Mufaddal Plasticwala

Mufaddal Plasticwala Posted 1 year ago

which TYPE OF BAT SHOULD BE USED AS A BEGINNER


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Hi Mufaddal,

Take a look at this lesson on Choosing a Table Tennis Bat.  This will give you some good information.

We have the PingSkills Rook which we feel is suitable for beginner players.


long nguyen

long nguyen Posted 1 year ago

Good


Michel Webster

Michel Webster Posted 1 year ago

Good cool


p groot

p groot Posted 1 year ago

Hi guys,

I had a discussion recently about people who slightly alter their shake-hand grip between forehand and backhand strokes. This is mainly achieved by slightly rotating the bat in their hand, where the V between the thumb and index finger moves either to the forehand side of the bat or to the backhand side. In my opinion it will mess up your game because it takes time to change between strokes and it is much more difficult to be consistent with your grips. Just use one grip and it will be much easier to become consistent with all you shots.

One guy argumented that holding the bat in the 'correct way' limited his ability to play backhands, as it puts too much strain on his wrist. Playing forehands with that grip in turn messes up his forehand strokes, therefore he uses two grips.

I still don't feel that he should alter his grip between forehands and backhands, but I can imagine that certain players are better of using one grip that leans slighly to their forehand or backhand to play both forehand and backhand strokes with. We are not all built anatomically the same you know. But it could also be that his backhand technique simply isn't correct, so he tries to compensate this by altering his grip. What is your opinion about this? Should it be possible for everyone to play correct strokes with the grip that you show in the video or are there exceptions to the rule?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Hi,

I thin that there is some tolerance for changing the grip for everyone but the chang need to be very slight and be able to be done in the split second that you have when reacting to the ball.  It is often just a slight shift in the angle that you talk about.  The change can be controlled with the thumb and forefinger.

I think when starting out it is better to have the one grip for both sides till you get the feel of the strokes and the appropriate angle of the racket.

I emphasis though, that I think the change in grip is very slight.


emmanuel Aguopara

emmanuel Aguopara Posted 1 year ago

thanks for the video but when i do the shakehand grip it always makes me to put to hands on the bat instead of one


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

You only need one finger on the bat.  Just keep reminding yourself. It will change.


Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor Posted 1 year ago

Your videos are always appreciated.

You didn't discuss the Siemiller (I'm not sure of the spelling) grip, which places the thumb and forefinger on opposite edges of the bat, on the lower side of the paddle. It also has advantages and disadvantages. Siemiller is an American from Indiana who moved rapidly up the ladder but I haven't heard much about him lately.

Mikeobal


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Hi Michael,

The Seemlier grip is one that does have a few limitations and not one that we would recommend for players learning the game.  I think the guide for me is that there are no top players using the grip.


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 1 year ago

Seemiller grip is perfect for serving purpose.

 


jae roh

jae roh Posted 1 year ago

Well coach Alois , I  hope  I learn every single thing about table tennis. I sign up because I wanted to be a good table tennis player. I do not join a club.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Thanks Jae.  I hope we will be able to help you to improve a lot.


jae roh

jae roh Posted 1 year ago

Thanks !!!!


patrik molander

patrik molander Posted 1 year ago

HI Alois, I'm a beginner and is struggling with my grip and technique when I have to switch quickly back and forth between forehand and backhand. Am I supposed to be very strict and do both strokes with exactly the same grip or should i twist the grip a little for each kind of stroke? /Patrick


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Hi Patrick,

At the start be very strict with your grip and keep it the same. This will help with the switching.

Eventually players will adjust the grip slightly when they have a little more time.


Wali Bakht

Wali Bakht Posted 1 year ago

I was very Helpful

 


Harlan Abraham

Harlan Abraham Posted 10 months ago

This is a very helpful video that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each grip.  


Dean Fitzgerald

Dean Fitzgerald Posted 10 months ago

Hi Alois, since a players grip does not change during play, why don't racket manufacturing companies offer racket handles with moulded individual finger slots like some knifes, machetes, firearms, snow skiing poles, ice axes, wheel barrows,  bmx handle grips and the like. They could send them out plain, customer puts handle in hot water and squeeze, like a mouth guard. The forefinger could slide into a moulded cover, ensuring perfect grip angle, whilst offering protection to finger joint from misjudged block attempts on smashes. 

Also, do you use the same rubber on each side of your racket, did it used to be a popular idea and now it's not?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 months ago

Hi Dean,

Some manufacturers have tried some shaped handles but not personally moulded I don't think.  Interesting idea.

I used the same rubber on both sides most of the time.  I do at the moment.


Daryl Jones

Daryl Jones Posted 10 months ago

Awesome!!!


Atharv Awate

Atharv Awate Posted 10 months ago

Coach train me very good and one day I will become a table tennis player.

laughing


Zaki Roshnaiwala

Zaki Roshnaiwala Posted 10 months ago

Respected sir, 

in this video you told about how to grip the tt bat in shake hand way. 

so in that griping technique we r supposed to handle the bat in such a way that one third part of our first finger remains outside of the bat? 

please help me with this. 

thank you.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 months ago

This depends on the length of your finger.  Keep it as straight as possible and relaxed.


Tim Collings

Tim Collings Posted 9 months ago

Hi Alois, I have always gripped the bat handle in the same way that you would when holding a tennis racquet. However, after viewing your video regarding the correct grip, I am now experimenting with placing my finger on the back of the bat. To me it feels much more awkward though, and I am having trouble getting used to it. Would you recommend I persist with using the finger on the back of the bat, or revert back to what feels more comfortable for me?

 

Thanks,

Tim


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 months ago

Hi Tim,

I think that the finger on the back does add a lot of control when learning.  It gives you much better sense of where your racket is.


Tim Collings

Tim Collings Posted 9 months ago

Thanks for your response Alois. I'll persist with using the finger on the back of the bat then - will let you know how it goes.

 

Cheers,

Tim


kathy mckelvey

kathy mckelvey Posted 9 months ago

Thank you for reaffirming the grip!!


Captain America

Captain America Posted 9 months ago

To sir alois 

Sir I am not getting about the


Captain America

Captain America Posted 9 months ago

Pinhole grip can you teach me the service.

 


lachlan blair

lachlan blair Posted 8 months ago

Thanks, A lot of help this video wascool


Nurlan Uzakbaev

Nurlan Uzakbaev Posted 8 months ago

Hi Alois!

You made very useful video, it is easy to learn. I am a just beginner of table tennis, and from beginning I have question, why the racket has two different colored sides? Red and Black?

best regards and many thanks
Nurlan


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 months ago

Hi Nurlan,

This is so your opponent can tell which side you are using.  Often players will have different rubbers on the two sides with very different effects.


Nurlan Uzakbaev

Nurlan Uzakbaev Posted 8 months ago

thanks a lot...

I thought one side for attack and another is for block smile

great job guys, appreciate all your afford


Elizabeth Sandra

Elizabeth Sandra Posted 7 months ago

How do I download the videos? I would like to watch them offline.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 months ago

Hi Elizabeth,

By signing up to our Premium membership you can get access to downloading different numbers of tutorials.  With a monthly membership you will be able to download 10 tutorials per month.  With a Quarterly membership you can download 50 tutorials every month and with Yearly membership you can download unlimited number of tutorials every month.  to sign up you can go to the My info link at the top right of the website.


Sagar Nagpal

Sagar Nagpal Posted 7 months ago

Please teach the service in pinhole grip.. i have a friend who is always using this service and i am unable to learn it


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 months ago

You could take a look at this one. Penhold Tomahawk Serve in Table Tennis


kathy mckelvey

kathy mckelvey Posted 7 months ago

Interesting video!!  Thank you.


Muhammad Usman

Muhammad Usman Posted 5 months ago

holding it with Red or black side doesn't matter, right?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

That is right Muhammad.  The colour doesn't affect the performance of the rubber.


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Can a thumb moved slightly "into" the bat increase control over the bat?
I know that it increases the damage of hitting with a thumb,but there must be some reason why Matsushita Koji holds his bat with thumb angled inside.


Nazeef Aayan

Nazeef Aayan Posted 4 months ago

Wg


Nazeef Aayan

Nazeef Aayan Posted 4 months ago

Which side of the racket should I use in forehand or backhand? I've seen a lotta players use the red side with their forehand and the black with their backhand. But yesterday I saw a match between Ma Long and Ma Lin where both of them used the red side with their backhand and the black with their forehand. What's the difference between the two sides? What effects does it have on the game play upon changing of the two sides of the rubber? 


D K

D K Posted 4 months ago

The red and black rubber are the same in properties if they are the same brand.
As many players use same or similar rubbers for both sides,it rarely matters.


hasanur rahman

hasanur rahman Posted 4 months ago

I have seen your tips in videos. All the clips are very interesting and helpful for the beginners to primary learners. Thanks both to Alois and Jeff. Grateful to you all.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 months ago

Thank you Hasanur for the kind words.  I am glad you are learning from the site.


Ali Salahnezhad

Ali Salahnezhad Posted 4 months ago

It was very usfull.I had bronlem with holding the bat at it helped so much


Mohsin Ali

Mohsin Ali Posted 4 months ago

thanks sir for such a nice video. Now I started following your lectures on pingskills but holding the racket shake hand type i face one problem that is sometime ball hits my finger and it went outside all the time. Tell me some solution to that.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 months ago

Hi Mohsin,

If the ball is hitting your finger, first make sure your finger is staying low on the rubber.  Then make sure you are tracking the ball well.  If you do this you will tend to hit your finger less.  Focus on where on the rubber the ball is hitting each time.


vahid sarrafzadeh

vahid sarrafzadeh Posted 3 months ago

what is the disadventage of shakehand grip?


D K

D K Posted 3 months ago

Mainly the wide crossover point-the place at the hip at the playing hand's side,where you cannot use neither forehand or backhand effectively. Also decreased usage of the wrist compared to penhold grip.


Liam Fitzgerald

Liam Fitzgerald Posted 3 months ago

 hi Alois, loving the tutorials.  i have come back to table tennis for the last year after a long layoff and really enjoying it.  i use the handshake grip however instead of my pointer finger being on my bat, my thumb is on my bat.  i have much better backhand control and attack and my forehand is quite weak.  i have wondered if one of my issues of a weak forehand is the way i grip the bat, what are your thoughts?  i know some ongoing practice would help a lot.  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 months ago

Hi Liam,

Glad you are enjoying the site.

The thumb up will definitely make the backhand easier and forehand more difficult.  Try to keep it down lower and follow th position in the tutorial.  This will allow equal ability with both sides which will be important as you move forward.


D K

D K Posted 3 months ago

I have also experimented with thumb-up grip.

It definitely decreases the forehand's performance.
Though,it allows better wrist control.
I have found it useful during forehand chop.

 


Fred Kroner

Fred Kroner Posted 3 months ago

Hello!I am so happy that I have discovered this site. What an amazing collection of tutorials. Thank you!

I tend to use a shake-hand/thumb-up hybrid. I know I add my thumb to the back of the paddle when doing backhands, and remove it when I do forehands. 

I'm sure it's horrible form to be switching grips in the middle of a match, but after 35 years, I don't think I can change it! HA!

Anyways, thank you very much for these tutorials. I will be watching all of them!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 months ago

Glad you are liking them Fred...


Geraldo junojudo

Geraldo junojudo Posted 3 months ago

Hi alois, I've played table tennis for a long time , but watching this video is still helps. Thanks. 

By the way, I hope i can win the Equipment giveaway, i really need a Bat upgrade here. Hahaha. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 months ago

Glad it helped.... There are a lot of people wanting to win that equipment...


Maurice Mijnders

Maurice Mijnders Posted 2 months ago

I tend to have my finger far on the backhand, but when I use my backhand, that finger automatically goes down so I don't hit the ball when using backhand. It's quite strange but I like that much more than the finger down on the rubber. I just don't like that feeling


Benjamin Nzekwe

Benjamin Nzekwe Posted 1 month ago

The shake hand grip is my favourite.



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