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Holding the grip tightly while defending and upon impact

Discussion in 'Grip' started by Exert, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Exert

    Exert Regular Member

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    Hello bc :), I kinda have a problem
    Here and I noticed I always grip the racquet hard before impact and defending. But I heard you're supposed to keep a loose grip until upon impact. What is the benefit of this? Because I feel like I smash harder and defend faster and better with gripping hard but the cost of hand blister or that could just be my
    Worn out super grap. Thanks :)
     
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    Benefit of the loose grip is to be able to "snap" at last second. If one grips tightly, one cannot maximum speed and power. Ever watched Bruce Lee? Loose until impact. It's like playing loose vs playing tense.
     
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    it is also has to do with flexibility. if you grip it tightly esp on defense, sure, you can feel be more prepared and secure, but you will not gonna be able to change your grip if needed.
     
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    Doesn't matter whether attacking or defending, a loose grip is important for 3 reasons.

    1. To allow finger power to be generated when going from relaxed to tight grip.

    2. To allow the muscles to recover between shots.

    3. To allow quick grip changes.
     
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    Exert Regular Member

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    Okay thanks, I'll try to grip looser.
     
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    Yep, as Zhao JianHua mentioned in one of his coaching videos, so loose that if someone were to sneak up on you, they should be able to steal the racket from your hand. :)
     
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    Oh wow :0, okay thanks so I grip tighter close/upon impact correct?
     
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    Yep............
     
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    Exert Regular Member

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    Thank you, I appreciate it.
     
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    no it's not the grip.


    you keep the grip loose for flexibility.

    i always tell people that when you hit the shuttle, your wrist should be similar (not exactly the same) to when you are whipping a towel at someone at the beach. you know how you whip a towel and with the snap back movement...and when you whip hard enough, you can really hurt someone. i see as that, except it's with the racket. so it's more of channeling power from the rest of your body to your wrist, and not so much all the power generated from the wrist itself. so in the end, it's not really holding the racket tight that will give you that power. i was taught to hold the racket, for the most part, as if i'm holding a tube of toothpaste...which implied that strength from your fingers is important as well :)
     
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    So to take your toothpaste analogy one step further: while holding an opened tube of toothpaste, nothing should come out when holding it in preparation, but at point of strike you should squeeze it so hard that all of the toothpaste should squirt out a few feet away. :D

    So, Exert, time to look for bulk toothpaste to go on sale. :D
     
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    Or when you use a whip but that example has a double entendre. LOL
     
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    Ooo... toothpaste and whips on a badminton forum?

    Com'on guys there are kids on here y'know! :p
     
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    Lol... I didn't even see the "other" connotation with toothpaste being extruded/excreted out of a tube... until you mentioned it. ;)
     

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