If your racquet pivot is at the cone... then you're probably hitting yourself with the butt of the handle. You sure it's bruises and not callus (layers of repaired skin from too much friction)? I try not to stick with the short grip while at the backcourt where one usual make fuller swing. It's good for the net player who needs more speed than power at the front. Holding at the butt of the handle gives one better leverage and harder shots, of course it's only in situations where reflex shots and shorter swing is not needed (ie. at the backcourt).
That is very keen crappy 75. Yes I have been hitting my lower arm with the butt of the racquet. It did give me a sense of control and to the contrary also power(???).
Q: Is this normal to those who are trying this for first time?
Your comments made me think, and your right again about being at the backcourt. I have been able to clear way to the other side with the grip but I observed I have lost the steepness of my smash back when my grip was closer to the racquet butt. My game has switched to clears, drops and some drives. The backhand is great (beginner's context-- he he ).
You seem to have been in the game a long time crappy75, do people at your level "slide" your grip in the course of the game, depending on the return of the shuttle, position in the court?
I have only been playing for four years regularly. What I learnt came not from playing but from friends' guidance and tips in BC/BF/BR and other websites. Sliding on the handle does gives you more shot options, but it also requires high finger dexterity to use.
I believe that Kwun's thread on 'finger power' introduced the concept to me, and I also recall some on the forum observed players like Sigit Budiarto change their grips frequently in their matches. I am sure that there are good players out there that play well enough w/o 'sliding on the handle', but I prefer it due to maximum efficiency on the shots I can take.
However, it's definitely not a beginner's priority to learn it. One needs to be relax and calm enough to attain swift and precise control of one's fingers while 'sliding' in the midst of a game. You have to be really solid on the fundamentals to take advantage of it, otherwise it'll handicap you.
I hope your 'bruise' is healing. You must be hitting the bird quite hard to sustain that kind of injury which resulted from the handle butt hitting on your wrist. Yes your grip can give you better control but you lose some power unless your wrist is very strong .
Your 'cone' grip is used more in doubles when many shots are placed around the midcourt area and this grip gives you greater control, speed and perhaps flexibility to return such shots. This grip is the favourite for the low service in doubles.
Yes, there are many ways to hold the racket handle, ie, there are different grips. From the cone area you can certainly slide your hand down the base, which you ought to if you want to hit a longer and more powerful stroke as in clears and smashes. Through your action you are actually lengthening your 'arc' and this gives you more options. The 'cone' grip works better at the net where dexterity and feeling or touch are essential to executing a good net shot.
Apart from sliding your hand up and down the handle (vertical movement), depending on circumstances and what sort of stroke you wish to make, you can also 'turn' the grip like a corkscrew, ie moving the handle either in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction (horizontal movement). Therefore you should always hold your racket handle loosely, not tightly, but always under your control and only firm it when hitting or coming into contact with the bird. Practise turning the handle in your hands until you can feel every inche of the handle and know exactly where you are holding.
Remember, there are many ways of holding the racket. The one you ultimatle choose should be the one that can help you to make the best shot and perhaps win a point.