How To Hold Table Tennis Bat Correctly


Welcome to EmRatThich channel. Today is 25 Dec, our 3rd Ping Sunday. I will explain you how to hold the table tennis
bat / racket correctly by using the Chinese coaching. “Holding a table tennis bat / racket” is the
first table tennis lesson. Having a good grip in table tennis is crucial
as it allows you to optimize your technique. Without a correct grip, you cannot do the
strokes correctly and never improve to a high level of table tennis. Some coaches didn’t correct the grip / show
their players how to hold the bat correctly at the beginning. That’s the main reason that the players never
progress or just improve slowly. The coach just said “Hey, pick up your racket
and start training on the table”. It’s not a good way of coaching the beginner
player. In china, the coach shows the principles of
the grip and lets the young kids to play with the ball (without the table) at least one
week. The kids must feel his racket and adapt his
grip. This first lesson is very important as the
grip will stay with you all of your table tennis life. First of all, I want to present you my toughest
opponent in table tennis … My daughter. You can sometimes hear her cry in the video. With this opponent, I must record my narration
several times in the table tennis video. But never mind, “practice makes perfect”. We wish you a Merry Christmas with your friends
and your family. I will now answer some of your questions Yashu Nath confirms his recovery time is better
as he has prepared better for the next shot with the Chinese technique. Dernish Gott asks how to hold the racket properly
? He has to always change the grip during the FH-BH transition. The grip is very important. But not many coach has explained about it. That’s the reason I make this video. Ray asks me to explain more about “loop at
the side of the body”. Look at the Figure a. Don’t hit when the ball is still travelling
in front of you because the ball is out of the optimal range of hitting. Hit when the ball is on your side, on the
x-axis because it’s the best position to apply the force and to follow through and support
the ball (add power and spin). Please also remember to rotate your hip around
the axis as shown in the Figure b.If the ball goes directly to your body, you need to move
to the left and hit the ball in it’s optimal zone (Figure c) Alexey Kan comments on the zone to chop the
ball. Yes, you are right that it’s difficult to
chop the ball at the third zone for amateur player. However, in some situations, the defender
should wait a little, and chop the ball when the ball is at the position of the hip. It’s much safer and it’s crucial for the defender
to vary the spin of the ball at this zone (vary the spin to make a deceptive returned
ball). Look at the picture, the hitting position
is shown at the same level of the player’s hip. Soper proposes me to show my own play as he
wants to verify the information is coming from someone legit. A: You are right that I should show up in
my video. Due to a personal reason, for this moment,
I would like to keep my privacy. I will show up when the time is right. Hope you continue to enjoy my table tennis
tips. Bboyy corrects my pronunciation. “Low” should read as “Low” but not “loud”. Thank you again, this helps me to improve
the video’s quality. I will cover the difference between Chinese loop
and European loop technique in the next video. Agustin Morinico asks the biggest problem
of table tennis player: Full of amition but lack of practice partner. A: I can’t help you. To improve, you need practice with someone. Find a coach, find a friend, find a good partner. Or just propose a coach to let you train yourself
alone, and find a partner that can help you do the excercice. Sometimes, training with a good partner is
much better than a coach as he may not have enough time to correct you. Dominik askes how to play well during match. A: Yes, I’ve coached many young players like
you and I understand well the problem. Young players has the mental weakness and
the performance during match is not as stable as adult players. I can give you 3 tips to improve your mental
weakness: 1. Don’t think about the score of the set. As when you think about the score, you just
want to finish the match and lose your concentration. Just play each point ! And say yourself “I
don’t want to finish the match, I just want to finish this point”. 2. Slow down the rhythm of the match. You have many tools: Drink water, talk with
your coach, time out, sweep your hand, look far away. Slow down to regain your concentration. 3. In some situation, that’s not your fault to
miss the ball. It’s just because the opponent has increased
the quality of his shot (spin and speed). So if you continue to miss the ball, ask your
coach to change the tactics. Gojko shares a good experiences about Chinese
rubber. A: I’m totally agreed with him. If you found a good combination of sponge
hardness and elasticity. Stay with it, don’t change. Because there are many “marketting mysteries”
out there that attract the players to change their equipments just for money. The video is rather long now. I seperate the guide in 2 parts. Part 1: Explication of Liu Guoliang about
the pro’s grip Part 2: The key points to hold the bat correctly
/ Chinese coach Liu Guoliang gives us a good introduction
that to grip the bat based on your playing style. Wang Hao always has 2 fingers on the bat at
all time, so he can have a very good Reverse Penhold Backhand. These fingers serve as a good support for
your BH. The thumb is on the FH rubber, and is not
as deep as Ryu Seung Min’s forehand grip. While Ryu Seung Min’s forehand grip is “deeper”
(his thumb is very forward), his traditional backhand grip is different. His fingertips don’t touch the rubber. Ma Lin is
somewhat in between. Liu Guoliang says if you want a good backhand
like Wang Hao use Wang Hao’s grip. If you want good forhand use Ryu Seung Min’s
grip. If you want good third ball, serve, and serve
return, use Ma lin’s grip. Timo Boll’s grip is very narrow and a clearly
FH oriented grip. The index is very high and can support your
FH stroke. ZJK and ML have different position for thumb
and index finger. ZJK grip is very compact, his thumb is a little
bit higher which support his backhand while ML’s grip is forehand/counter loop oriented. It’s time for Christmas Party now. The most important key points will be explained
in the Part 2. Now, I need to know which topics are you interesed
the most. I will focus on these topics in the next year
2017 ! PLEASE VOTE YOUR FAVORITE TOPIC BY COMMENTING
BELOW … Topic 1 “Equipments”: how to boost, chinese
rubber, national version, tackiness of chinese rubber, how to choose a good blade,… Topic 2 “Techniques”: how to drop shot, tricky
serve, contact point, footwork, how to read serve, how to counter loop, BH flip, … Topic 3 “Tactics”: how to coach, counter Hitter,
counter Blocker, Looper, counter Left-hander, how to time out, serve tactics, … Topic 4 “Analysis”: who is the best coach,
match analysis, secret in Chinese training, closed training, child hood of Zhang Jike,
… PART 2 – THE KEY POINTS OF A GOOD GRIP
SEE YOU NEXT SUNDAY – 01 JAN 2017 PLEASE VOTE YOUR TOPICS BY COMMENTING BELOW MERRY CHRISTMAS ! Thank you to support me during 2016. It’s a lot fun coaching players. I hope that we can improve together next year
! Best wishes to you and your family !

100 thoughts on “How To Hold Table Tennis Bat Correctly

  1. I really appreciated this video because it tells about penholders too. 😀
    Can you recommend any equipment for chinese pendolders? Or there isn't difference with shakehand equipments?
    I'm a forehand dominant player and I use the reverse penhold backhand too, but I have not a very agressive play style.
    I was looking for a Stiga Eternity VPS V, Tibhar MX-P (forehand) and Yasaka Rakza X (backhand) in dandoy-sports.
    I searched a Friendship/729 in this store, but I don't know what model is better.
    Sorry for the poor english and merry christmas EmRatThich channel!!

  2. Hi, Merry Christmas…. I need your advice, since I'm very hard to play with players who use the pimp out or anti power rubbers, like Dr Neubauer rubber and other anti power rubbers or pimp out rubber without sponge (especially player used 2 different rubber, fast rubber and anti power rubber) The opponent with these rubbers will return the ball slow, even very slow, and exactly slower than normal. So, I always move earlier and hit the ball before the ball to be in the best point to be hit. I'm very difficult to retain my hand (bat) just little bit second. and my ball return often hit the net or sometimes the ball goes up and smashed by opponent…Any Advice for me how to control the hand movement until having a good position and timing? Thanks

  3. hi EmRatThich, i admire your videos very much. I want your suggestion on my alternate blade. I use DHS Hurricane H-WL with DHS hurricane 3 neo in forehand and 729 Battle 2 in backhand. this combination works just well for me. now i want a spare blade but H-WL is not available. Can you suggest me which blade matches with the characteristics of H-WL most? I am thinking of DHS PG13, Yinhe T-11+, PG7,PG9, GT9, YINHE T-10 etc. But dont know which is more similar to H-WL with speed, weight, hardness and feeling….Can you please help me in sort this out…??

  4. Please do Topic 2 & 3. On topic 3, it would be great if you focus on serve then attack tactics and setup patterns to attack opponents. Thanks so much for all the great subjects and knowledge your sharing 🙂

  5. I understand you don't have time but we would like to learn everything ( all the topics) but since i have to choose topic2

  6. Merry Christmas and a big thank you for the time you spend to give such great stuff.
    As for topic, I would say: Topic 2, then Topic 3, Then topic 1 and finally topic 4.
    I'm particularly interested in the technique of FH flick, short game (how to practice), and one thing I have not seen any teaching upon is this very charactéristic way to return services with the backend such as Zhang Jike, Fan Zendong bending their BH like a spring and delivering very powerfull service returns.
    Say hello to your very cute daugther.

  7. Topic 2 and 3 please! And sometimes, a few videos from topic 4 would be quite interesting as well.

    Merry Christmas EmRatThich and everyone!

  8. Merry Christmas EmRatThich to you and your loved ones. My interest in your proposed topics is in this order (most import first, least important last): topic 2, topic 3, topic 1, topic 4. But in fact every of this topics is very interesting and helpfull, thank you for your work!

  9. Hello, just wanted to thank you, you are doing nice job. Keep it up! ps: You should make some video how to train footwork, best footwork exercises with table, without table, how to move and stuff like that. 🙂

  10. Hi EmRatThich, great video ! I am a huge fan of the content you are making available to us 🙂
    As a French table tennis player, I can see that some coaches are transitionning to some of the Chinese techniques, particularly using legs, hips and torso instead of arm to generate spin, so I guess we are on the right track.
    I would like you to focus on TOPIC 3 as mental aspects seem the most important to me, once you entered a match.
    Keep up the amazing work !

  11. Oh man! i tried it today, my RPB was always so bad, but because of that video i realised that my penhold grip is extremly deep so its impossibe to have good RPB with it, but when i corrected my fingers it was like WOOOOW! u opened my eyes THX

  12. topic: serving and receiving tactics, just because this is the most important and first thing that u do in a match, so it can actually decide the way the game will be played or finish the point, also mental preparation, such as listening to music or smth, etc. be4 the match

  13. I want to ask you for an  equipment suggestion. I am using Timo Boll ALC with tenergy 05 on the forhand and tenergy 80 on the backhand. This setup is too quick for me. I am enjoying the blade and I want to use it but I want to change the rubbers so they have more control. What rubbers do you think will help my game? I would like to say your videos have helped me improve my stokes due to your videos I have beat many top players in under 15 in England. I hope you upload more videos.Thank you

  14. I enjoyed the video you did on best serves for a backhand dominant player, could you suggest some serves that would be good for forehand dominant players?

  15. Hey, EmRatThich! How about to answer my question? I've sent it a week ago on your facebook account and you've already checked it, but still didn't answer. Please, I'm waiting a lot! 🙂

  16. Anything but equipment. Equipment really does not matter. I like all other 3 topics equally.
    However, you do differentiate with other channels by providing more insight into the Chinese way of thinking about these things. Like in this video, you showed coach Liu's thoughts on grip and even showed the video of the coach showing the top players' grips. That makes the real difference!
    Thank you.

  17. it was with a lot of interest i followed the video posted by you. However please avoid referring to other coaches and showing them in your video. The other coaches are coaching to the best of their abilities. GOD has given you a gift- BE HUMBLE AND ACCEPT IT RATHER THAN PUTTING DOWN OTHERS.

  18. Topic 2. Need help on better faster footwork, Reading Serve, and anything on Serving. Thanks for sharing all of your expertise. Can't wait try try out the five points on Chinese Training. I love watching Ma Long play!

  19. Hello, Coach.
    What is better backhand rubber for medium hard blade like PG-7, T64 or Stiga Calibra Tour M? I mean flick, drive, block, and sometime looping rally. Please explain to us, coach. Thank you coach, very much

  20. I'd say topic 2 but wondering if it's possible to switch topics every month.
    Also I followed your advice and switched my bat from Timo Bill ALC to all wood DHS and I like the change and feeling. I have a 2 year old sonic Acuda S2 on both sides. Do I need to change the rubbers? And for a middling rubber are the donic line good enough to use (blue fire, Acuda,/m1,m2,s1,S2) or do you recommend something different. something for the price conscious player with the rubber lasting a while.

  21. I have noticed that Waldner and some very popular strong players sometimes hit the forehand and loop and forehand smash and topspin with the finger not at the base of the bat with the finger extending upto 25°to a 40° angle if you were to draw an imaginary 90° axis point from vertically down the middle of the bat and horizontally along the bottom of the bat. why do these players such as waldner do this. i know this because i have watched the matches in slow motion. would he be in trouble if after hitting on the forehand the next ball landed on the backhand side. I think they only do this when they have plenty of time or feel the rally will continue on the forehandvside. Also i myself like to place my finger at about 25° like Waldner does sometimes. However i find it difficult to change from one wing to the other because my finger also changes places along the axis. Is it possible to somehow lock my finger in this position by placing a small block of wood or something so my finger wont move and stays there and then learn how to hit a backhand like this meaning i keep the 25° grip on the forehand by locking it down somehow and then learning how to hit a backhand like this. Is this possible

  22. Topic 2 please. 🙂 Specifically, serve, serve return and forehand loop against block and topspin. Thank you for your videos — Happy New Year EmRatThich!

  23. Great video! May I ask where I can find the descriptions by Liu Guoliang with all the world-class players showing their grip? What year and what TV show was it?

  24. I'm brand new to the world of table tennis at the age of 42. Never knew anyone who played it or had one at their house. We bought a table for our 6 children for Xmas and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for all the information that u provide. I hope to learn and improve much from watching.

  25. Hi EmRatThich,

    I'm so happy and thankful about your videos, I have a question to you about how to generate a lot spin in the services like the chineses players, should I shake the wrist when contact the boll or not ? (shakehand grip)

    thx so much

    Jason from São Paulo Brazil

  26. @Rémy Lozach ! Wow ! Thank you again for your support !
    Your contribution Caption French will definitely help "mes amis" in french !

  27. Hi……I am a great follower of your videos …they are really very helpful for each and every Table Tennis PLayer as well as Coach……I Like…..Topic 2 "Techniques": how to drop shot, tricky serve, contact point,
    footwork, how to read serve, how to counter loop, BH flip, ……………in fact all the topics are very helpful but these are the basics…..Thanks and Thanks again EmRatThich…..

  28. Hi, where is the original chinese video of LGL explanation pls? i want to hear his chinese explanation, thanks.

  29. Hi, Coach! I am feeling that my 'Real' table tennis training has started with your videos and coaching.
    Now, I am very much confused that –
    1. How much Physical Exercises should be done regularly? Which exercises should I do?
    2. How much Shadow Practice should I do, regularly?
    3. How much time should I give to service practice and receiving everyday?
    My age is 32. I am alone in my club, no such coach, no player of my level. Actually, there are 15 players taking training under me. But, I don't wish to be only a coach, as my natural feeling always tells me to push hard as a player, too.
    I wish to learn as much as I can, for me and for my players. Within this 15 days, I have learned a lot from your videos and narrated to my players, too.
    I am very much thankful, if you cover these areas in your next videos…
    Again, accept my one thousand salutes, Sir!

  30. Hi Coach, Can you post the link of the video, in which coach Liu Guoliang gives comments on the penhold and handshake grips? thank you.

  31. I want to ask a question that if I put Tibhar MX-P on FH & DHS Skyline TG2 with DHS PG9 blade will this setup work or not???

  32. Topic 3 is something that I would like to know more about. Your channel is so wonderful that I find it interesting above all other ping pong youtube channels. Keep it up.

  33. hi coach, I wonder where to have the video about Liu Guoliang Explanation? I think it was shakehand vs penhold in 2011, but I can't find that video, could you give me the link? thank you

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