Grip of the Bat when doing Forehand Loop

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davidpui
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Recently I have been trying out the effectiveness of creating more powerful forehand loop - using waist, body, legs and grip.

I tried having a loose grip, it's not too bad, but some people says that the grip should be firm upon contact to create more power.

Some said to be totally loose.

Any comments on this on the effects of either using loose grip or firm grip or semi-firm grip.

Just like to know what professional table tennis players at elite level do.

 

Please advise.

 

Cheers

David

 

 

davidpui
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Re: Grip of the Bat when doing Forehand Loop

Thanks Larry.

Yes, I thought so too. So at least now I can confirm that this is the right approach...

With looser grip against backspin... and firmer grip against topspin..

 

That helps a lot... rather than me switching from one grip to another.... trying out different things... without fully understanding and knowing what's the correct way.

 

Cheers
David

 

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Grip of the Bat when doing Forehand Loop

 

>I tried having a loose grip, it's not too bad, but some people says that the grip should be firm upon contact to create more power.

Against backspin, you'll want to use more wrist, and so you'll need a relatively loose grip. Against topspin, you'll generally use less wrist, and so it might be some advantage to hold the racket more firmly. However, you never want to grip the racket tightly. If someone were to sneak up on your and grab your racket, it should come out easily. Otherwise your grip is too tight. However, it shouldn't be so loose that it wobbles in your hand or as you stroke.