Hey everyone how we doing today I've been wanting to make a grip video for a little while because I found in my teaching that I'm getting a lot of questions about it a lot of uncertainty a lot of confusion but I definitely noticed in my last video on the forehand drive that there were a ton of comments about specific grip questions what grip.
Do I use do I switch my grip for my forehand so I thought it'd be a good time to finally cover all that I want to go over everything from basic grips all the way to some detailed nuances and a lot of little things that I I maybe haven't heard other people talk about before okay so I want to cover four things in.
The grip today first we're going to go over just the grip Basics the two the two types of grip that almost everybody uses advantages and disadvantages of each second we're going to talk about grip pressure I get a ton of questions about this and some comments also in a lot of my lessons grip pressure seems to be a.
Big top topic that everyone's interested in third we're going to talk about finger or no finger again there's no right and wrong there but we're going to talk about advantages and disadvantages of each style and finally we're going to answer the question should you be changing your grip or shouldn't you.
And that's going to kind of lead us into the some of these secret little tips that I have for you that I think might help clarify and answer that question okay so first let's just talk basic grip options really there's only two styles of grip that probably 99 of people use that is the Continental grip and the.
Eastern grip so I'm going to give you a couple ways to kind of find each grip first let's talk about the easier kind of more General way easiest way to think about it is your Continental grip your hand is going to be a little more on top of the paddle like you're using your paddle as a.
Hammer so you're going to feel like you can hit the edge of your paddle into the table in an Eastern grip our hand is going to feel like it's shaking hands so if you shake hands with someone you're more on the side you're going to be grabbing the side of the paddle a little bit more you feel.
Like you're shaking hands with the paddle okay now there's a there's a more specific way to find this as well and this kind of comes from tennis this is how we teach it in tennis but if you look at the bottom of a butt cap they all have eight sides to them okay so and we number them one through eight and we.
Find our grip by looking at what we call our base knuckle so that would be the top knuckle on your first finger okay and where that lands determines what grip you're in so if I put my base knuckle on bevel two which is the second one over from the top that's going to be your kind of standard Continental grip.
If you move that base knuckle over to Bevel three the one that's flat right on the side here that's going to be more of your Eastern grip so there are some other kind of outlier grips out there that people use but the reason these are the main two is because these two grips are neutral enough to.
Allow you to hit a forehand and a backhand without having massive grip changes put pretty simply the advantage and disadvantage of each the more you go over the top and get closer to a continental grip I think it's going to favor your backhand it makes it easier to hit a backhand in a little tougher wrist position to hit a.
Forehand the more you go to an Eastern grip makes it easier to hit Four Hands especially Top Spin forehands and a little tougher to hit backhands okay so you got to kind of find what's right for you me personally when I started playing pickleball I was in more of a.
Continental as I've gone over the last kind of three to four years I've slowly switched more and more to be an Eastern a big part of that is I'm a singles player my topspin forehand is a big part of my game so my suggestion to you is play with your grips kind of within that range and try to feel.
Like kind of what feels comfortable and what feels best for you next up grip pressure so this is a big one I get this question all the time people always asking me about grip pressure which might grip pressure be should I be changing my grip pressure okay so here's how we're gonna find our.
Grip pressure the basic thing that we're looking for in our grip pressure is to keep tension in our wrist and then have no tension the rest of the way upper arm okay so the easiest way to find this grab your paddle start squeezing see if we can see this here start.
Squeezing and you're gonna you're gonna notice a point to where your forearm starts to tense up you see these muscles start to move in tense okay once you've got forearm tension you're squeezing too tight so the easiest way to find good grip pressure is tense enough till you feel that and then back.
It off until you feel your forearm release you should still feel some firmness in your wrist okay so again we're looking for firm wrists loose the rest of the way up the arm if your forearm is tense it's going to create tension all the way up your arm into your shoulder and that is going to.
Affect your game pretty greatly okay next up let's talk anger no finger okay you see a lot of people playing with the finger up you see a lot of people playing with it down more of a tennis style grip again this is a situation where there's really no right or wrong there's just.
Advantages and disadvantages to each way of doing it okay so here's what the advantages and disadvantages are when your finger is on the handle or sorry on the paddle face basically what that does is it creates a firmer wrist and it creates everything being kind of a little more um solid from the wrist all the way.
Through the paddle okay so probably what you'll notice is you'll probably notice more control in your dinking in your drops your resets a lot of shots that you need good feel and touch for gonna be a little better or feel a little easier with that finger up there because you're going to feel like everything.
Is more stable okay you think that would be a huge advantage and it is but the advantage you get of moving that finger off the paddle and down to the bottom is basically just the opposite now we have access to more wrist movement okay so as you move up in.
Levels you want to access being able to snap your wrist roll volleys um flick shots you know forehand drives there's a lot of shots where wrist action is going to play a role in you being able to hit a little quicker shot when we have the finger up there our wrist is going to be stabilized more and.
You're not going to get as much on those shots okay last big one here and and really a lot of the questions that I got on my forehand drive video and that is do you switch your grip or can you switch your grip in the middle of a point before we get into that we're going to talk about our secret tip that we talked about at.
The beginning because these concepts are connected when we first described our our basic grips our Continental on our Eastern grip we talked about the base knuckle and where it's going to align on the paddle okay now what I don't see talked about very much is how the rest of the hand lays on the paddle Okay so.
Potentially I could put my base knuckle right here on bevel tube hold it like this and this would be classified to most coaches as a continental grit because my base knuckle is in the right spot the problem is is I'm holding the paddle like a club.
My hand is going straight across it and the paddle is basically sitting like in the palm of my hand which is not going to put it at a very good angle it's not going to feel very very maneuverable and I see this a lot when I work with beginners because they're just grabbing onto the pedal like this.
Technically they're in the right grip because their base knuckles in the right spot but the rest of the hand is in the wrong alignment okay so first thing we want to do is make sure our hand is aligned properly okay so wherever your base knuckle is if you turn your hand around and open it up.
You should notice that the paddle is going across your hand like this and not straight across like this so we're looking for this and we want the petal to be kind of more in the fingers and in the top of our hand okay the other way to think about this is when you turn it over this way.
Your base knuckle is going to be in its position or whatever grip but the rest of your knuckles should go at an angle across the grip so again this would be the proper Continental this would be the proper Eastern we do not want to hold it like this for like this which again I have seen quite a bit.
The other way you can think about this is what we call a trigger finger so if you get this finger you put it up like that and then you bring it down just to put it kind of on the grip so that's touching the side of your grip that's gonna also get you in that kind of sideways hand position that we need to.
Be in so if you're doing that you should now feel like your paddle's a little more maneuverable okay so now let's get back into grip switching I don't like to see massive grip switches because I think there's not a lot of.
Time for it but one little trick that I use is I'm in my grip okay I'm in my grip like this I will slightly shift the bottom of my hand to match the shot that I want they can it can change the way the paddle sits in my hand so if I'm hitting a forehand.
I'm going to be here I want to hit a backhand my the paddle I don't know if you can see that the bottom of my hand will shift a little bit kind of slightly change the paddle angle so now I can hit a backhand comfortably and a forehand comfortably.
And I'm not technically switching my grip I'm just shifting kind of how my hand sits on it Okay so the big takeaway here we want this angle as our standard grip but as you get to a higher level and you start to hit some different roll shots you want to create some spin on some different shots.
We can start to kind of mess with how you how the bottom of your hand Palm sits on the paddle and that's going to give you a little more flexibility from shot to shot without having to do a full grip switch from Continental to Eastern I think that's where you can get into some problems.
So that is my recommendation to kind of get the best of both worlds again my personal grip Eastern with no finger on the pedal and from forehand to backhand I'm doing a slight switch in how I kind of shift the bottom of the paddle in my hand as always let me know if you have any.
Questions I hope I covered everything as far as the grip goes but let me know if there's anything I didn't cover I always love to hear the feedback in questions see you next time thanks
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