I'd like to discuss the precise grip used for a smash. We all know roughly how to hold the racket in a forehand grip, but there are small differences between grips that can make a big difference to your stroke production. Let's compare two good types of grip: the "finger power" grip ("Kwun's grip") and the grip that Lee Jae Bok teaches (the "LJB grip"). You can see Lee's grip in this video, but you need to be a member and you need to pay Â£3. There are two main differences: the angle of the racket face, and how tightly the racket is held. Kwun's grip is a classic generic forehand grip, like the one in this photo. The LJB grip is rotated *slightly* towards a panhandle. Kwun's grip, in order to use finger power, is held loosely; the grip only tightens on impact. I give similar advice in my grips guide. The LJB grip is held tightly all the time: the thumb is placed below the index finger, and above the other three fingers; all five fingers clench the racket. I think that Kwun's grip is similar to what most of us are familiar with and have been taught (and teach to other people!). When I spoke to Lee, he explained his reasons for the LJB grip. He said that using a standard forehand for smashes causes you to slice the shuttle slightly, because the racket face is angled at impact. The finger positioning - thumb between the other fingers, not at the top - prevents the butt of the racket wobbling about. I also asked him, specifically, whether you should hold the racket loosely and then snap it forward for more power (i.e., whether you should use finger power for a smash). His answer was an unequivocal "no": hold the racket tightly for the whole stroke. So, what do you think? Which grip is better for smashes? Should the same grip be used for clears and drops? At the moment I'm in favour of the LJB grip, and use it for clears and drops too. Note: I've chosen the name "Kwun's grip" for convenience, since I think most people here are familiar with the discussion on finger power. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that Kwun holds his racket exactly as I've described!