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    Posted: 08/06/2018 at 5:05pm
I have a question about forehand grip when looping. or driving.

I know that most players put their thumb on the handle endge, but how do you apply pressure (force) when driving hard or looping?

I think that one can feel the ball contacting the blade better if the thumb is pressing tight on to the blade face instead of on the handle edge.

I remember that the thumb and index fingers should apply force on the blade in the same or parallel direction. But if you put your thumb on the handle edge, it is impossible to do that. 

Does anyone have answer on this? Thanks. 
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You should actually not apply any pressure whatsoever with the thumb while forehand loop/drive, the only function of it should be to kind of keep the racket from wobbling/moving around too much, so pretty much non-existent thumb pressure during fh. You however want to apply very slight pressure with the index finger.
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I guess you will need to apply force to hold the blade tight during contact point, right?
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Originally posted by kindof99 kindof99 wrote:

I guess you will need to apply force to hold the blade tight during contact point, right?

I follow the idea of mostly using pinky and ring finger for holding the racket, and use very slight pressure from index finger on fh and very slight pressure with thumb on bh, give it a try, if it doesn't work then you can always try something else, but this seems to work for me, and have heard it from japanese coach as well as the ping skills guys.

Also when I say apply pressure on contact, it should happen subconsciously, in the sense that you should not think about it too much, or else you will end up applying more than needed pressure, causing your wrist to lock up and the swing plane not being smooth.
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From zeio's thread, Li sun talked about using fingers to increase spin. I think he was talking about griping the paddle with only thumb and index fingers:

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Originally posted by kindof99 kindof99 wrote:

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I think that one can feel the ball contacting the blade better if the thumb is pressing tight on to the blade face instead of on the handle edge.

... Thanks. 


Thumb on the blade only useful on BHs I believe.

That being said, my observation is that most of the younger elite players
followed ZJK and Ma Long's in keeping the thumb on the rubber at all times.
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