1st Lesson in Table Tennis

Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Summer is finished. The new
league season will start soon. Today, we come back to the Ping Sunday. If a new
player comes to me and asks me to correct his technique. So what is the first lesson that I can give
him? Or which part of his technique that
I will look at first? For me, the first thing I want to correct
is “Does he hold the racket correctly?”. This is the first lesson that every new player
should know. I will look at this hand
and the grip first. Having a correct grip is crucial in table
tennis. It lets you feel the ball, and perfom
the technique properly. If the coach didn’t correct the grip at the
beginning, the bad grip will become the bad habit. And it’s very difficult to correct it later. Unfortunately, I still see many new players
who don’t know how to hold the racket correctly. Holding the racket is like the ABC lesson. It’s the base, the fundamental
of your technique. If you don’t know to hold the bat correctly
like the player in this video, no need to train furthermore. It’s like a waste of time. I also asked some coaches in France “If I
show you a hand of a player, without watching him playing, can you guess his playing style? Backhand dominant of Forehand
dominant player?” But they say “No!” or “Not interested in my
question”. An experienced coach
just needs to see the hand calluses and can tell you if you have a good grip or not. He also can guess that if you are a forehand
or backhand dominant player. The hand calluses are the dead, hardern skins
on your hand. The calluses are formed
at the place that you apply the pressure, so it’s like a fingerprint of your playing
style. The good players will have the similar calluses. So If you come to me, my first question is
“Show me your hand, show me how you hold the racket”. Look at your playing hand, I will explain
it right now. This is my hand. Now let’s see what is the calluses patterns
on a correct grip. You can clearly see the calluses. There are 3 calluses on the bottom of the
little finger, ring finger and middle finger. And there is also the callus on the side of
my little finger. So these calluses are called
the “holding calluses”. They are formed because you hold the handle
of the racket. So every players should have these same calluses
positions. But look! I don’t have the callus on the bottom of my
index finger. But if you have
a callus here, that means you have a bad grip or you don’t know how to hold the
racket. I guess that if you can see the hand of Ma
Long or Zhang Jike, they won’t have the callus on the index finger neither. Now, let’s see the “pressure calluses”. Turn back your hand, and look at your thumb. You should see one or two calluses on your
thumb. These calluses are formed
because you apply the pressure while doing the stroke. These calluses are the
fingerprint of your playing style. If you have a big callus on the base of your
thumb, you are a forehand dominant player. But if you have a bigger callus on the side
of your thumb, you are the backhand dominant player. So only by seeing my hand calluses, I can
conclude that I’m a forehand player, who prefers using my
forehand to attack. How did I know that? I’ve explained the correct grip in the previous
video. You must
have a loosen grip, and you should apply the pressure only at the moment you hit
the ball. If you ask another Chinese coaches, they always
say this same principle. For the backhand strokes, you apply the pressure
on the side of the thumb (like this). So you must have the callus on the side of
the thumb. For the forehand stroke, the index finger
will press the racket, and the edge at the bottom of your thumb will be under pressure. That’s why, the bottom
of the thumb must have a big callus. Another point that I want to emphasize is:
You should hold the racket so that it can make a “straight line” with your forearm
like this. This is very important! I really love coaching in table tennis. I want to say that table tennis
is very technical. So you need to learn table tennis techniques
in small details. These small details can make you from a good
player become the best player. Do you have a good grip? And how many calluses that you have? Tell me
by commenting below. See you, EmRatThich!

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