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Training tip: Back to Basics - 'Change your handle'

The neutral grip position promises neither great advantages nor disadvantages (© Fabig)

09/11/2012 - In the current training tip requested by our user Günther Sauter, we go back to the basics. We deal with the grip position, the technical and tactical effects of which are usually greatly underestimated. The forehand and backhand grip have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the shot: They can strengthen the game positively, but also influence it negatively. Either way, it's worth thinking about how to hold your racket.

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With the shake handle, a distinction is made between three grip positions:
1. The neutral grip:
Hold the club so that it extends the arm in a straight line

2. The backhandle:
The bat is turned in the hand towards the index finger / back of the hand.

3. The forehand grip:
The stick is turned in the hand towards the thumb.

The forehand and backhand grip both offer great advantages and disadvantages for single strokes. The neutral grip position, on the other hand, is a compromise: You forego the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of the forehand or backhand grip.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the individual grip positions?

Forehand grip
  • all parallel VH placements
  • early ball meeting point, especially at VHT
  • VHT from middle and RH

  • all RH hits
  • VH sidespin diagonal
  • VH-Flip as "little smash"
  • VH techniques are very heavily sanctioned
  • Play becomes extremely RH-heavy very easily - especially from the middle
  • VH play is often very one-sided diagonally
  • very late VH ball meeting point
When training players, it is important to ensure that they play with a neutral or very light forehand grip, as the forehand game is dominant in table tennis. It is ideal if you can vary your grip position, as you can use the advantages of backhand and forehand grip. A relaxed grip position is just as essential as good perception and anticipation, a topic that runs like a red thread through the training tips.

More extensive theoretical background can be found in the specialist magazines TTL and Trainerbrief or in the download area of ​​the VDTT (www.vdtt.de).
Author: Achim Krämer / SF