You can make a better choice when choosing a grip type by knowing the advantages and disadvantages of various grip types. All stroke types can be executed successfully only with a good grip. Thousands of hours of training go into how to hold the ping pong properly, so the best players in the world get good at it.
In table tennis, coaches realize that gripping the paddle correctly is crucial to performing well on the court. Our goal is to describe the most popular ping pong grip techniques, including the benefits and weaknesses of each.
The Penhold Grip:
There is a huge demand for table tennis players to use the penholder grip. Penhold has three types, unlike shakehand grips that come in two types. There are three different types of grips, including the Japanese and Korean grips, and the reverse backhand grip.
A racket’s handle is composed of the index finger and thumb, while its other three fingers are folded behind its head. As a result of holding a pen to write, the penhold paddle grip was developed.
Chinese Penhold Grip:
Asian players are most likely to play this version. The Chinese penhold grip is characterized by holding the racket with the blade facing the ground. The best players to use it are those who prefer to stay close to their tables. This grip is more flexible than shakehand grips, so you will have a flexible wrist.
Your attacking strokes and serves can both be made more spinny with a flexible wrist. As a bonus, you can bend your wrist freely for a forehand or backhand stroke because it’s easier to block and push the ball. The shakehand grip is also less susceptible to its main disadvantage, the crossover point.
When using this grip, your main weakness is that you will find it difficult to consistently get topspin on your backhand. It takes energy and endurance to twist your arm into different positions, so your stamina will be quickly depleted, resulting in poor stroke quality throughout the game.
Korean / Japanese Grip:
Korean grips differ from Chinese grips in that their fingers are straight as opposed to curled on the back of their bats. This grip has the advantage of giving you more power for forehand strokes by straightening your fingers behind the bat.
While standing far from the table, a player can easily attack the ball, which the Chinese grip does not allow. As a result, it becomes more difficult for the player to adjust the racket at different angles to reach the ball when using straight fingers. Beginners have a difficult time mastering this technique.
The Shakehand Grip:
In addition to Western players, this type of grip has also spread to Asia and Europe. The name comes from the fact that players grip their rackets similarly to someone about to give a handshake. Shakehand grips can be classified into two types: deep grip and shallow grip.
Each differs slightly, and it takes a keen eye to distinguish them. Deep and shallow styles are distinguished by the placement of the thumb. While the thumb is relaxed on the rubber when you get a deep grip, the thumb rests on the blade when you get a shallow grip. How accurately and quickly you can return the ball depends on where your thumb is placed on the racket.
Deep Shakehand Grip:
The thumb rests on top of the rubber on the racket when it is being gripped this way. A grip like this provides a firm grip on the racket due to its ability to reduce wrist flexibility. If you’re going to use this grip, make sure you use one that is precise and does not require tons of strength. When you are not in a position to attack, it is sometimes helpful to place the ball close to the table’s edges.
Both forehand and backhand attacks can be made with this grip, which can easily be switched from one side to the other. When playing with a deep shake hand grip, aggressive players can smash the ball with ease and without having to use their wrists.
This means that deep grips also suffer from the same disadvantage as shallow grips – the crossover point. It may be possible for the opponent to attack you at this point since it is a source of weakness.
Shallow Shakehand Grip
Shallow grips promote wrist flexibility, which increases the spin you can produce when you perform serves and loops. Beginning players will feel very comfortable with this grip because it is very natural for them.
The advantage of doing this is that you have a better chance of returning the ball to the table in an aggressive manner. It can be used for both backhand and forehand strokes since it gives the ball additional power. Having access to both sides of the table gives you an advantage since you can take the ball from either side.
Shallow grips suffer from the crossover point, which is their primary disadvantage. Consequently, you will likely get into an area of indecision when choosing between forehand and backhand. For you to determine the right stroke and attack the ball quickly, you need to be a sharp player.