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pinky grip not recommended anymore?

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by Jackalan, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Jackalan

    Jackalan Regular Member

    May 8, 2006
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    i can remember reading this forum a few years back and the 'pinky grip' seemed to come up as the solution in most topics.

    just wondering, is it not advised anymore? and do any pro's today use it.

  2. Gollum

    Gollum Regular Member

    May 23, 2003
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    Surrey, UK
    You'll hear lots of different names for grips. Different people also use the same name to mean a different grip. This can be confusing.

    Badminton England have standardised on the following grip names: basic, thumb, panhandle, and bevel. You can read about them in my grips guide.

    As I understood it, the "pinky grip" wasn't so much a specific grip, but more an idea about how you use your last two fingers (ring and "pinky", or "little finger") as the main fingers for securing your hold on the racket. Your other fingers also hold the racket, but they are a little more free to move.

    As far as I know, this is pretty standard. It's often helpful to use these two fingers at the beginning of the grip tightening action: use them to snap the racket butt into the palm, which creates a rapid pivoting movement over a small distance (this is particularly emphasised by the Chinese coach Xiao Jie, and I was also shown something similar by Yvette Yun Luo at the 2007 England coaches' conference, in a workshop about grip).

    This "sling shot" method mainly works with the basic or bevel grips, and not so much with the thumb or panhandle grips.
    #2 Gollum, Nov 26, 2009
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2009

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