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Doing Things Differently in Table Tennis

By August 30, 2012

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Was my previous grip change an innovation or idiocy? The jury is still out on that one...
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"Dare to be different" is a saying that gets thrown around a lot in conversations these days, as well as "Think outside the box". But is it really a good idea to try to do things differently in table tennis? How can you be sure whether you are an innovator or an idiot? Is it confidence or arrogance to think that you know better than professional ping-pong players? Or a bit of both?


September 2, 2012 at 3:41 am
(1) Keith P. says:

You are an idiot if you think you should create your own way to grip the ping pong paddle different than others. This game has been played and mastered by people a lot better than you. In order to play the game and ready to attack or defense properly, you need to hold the paddle proper way so you can ready to attack. If you can play ping pong proper way, there are other sports you can trial, ie. liked figure skating or jumping rope.

September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am
(2) Hans says:

When one ” Thinks outside the box ” , you can learn a lot and develop your own way of solving problems and adapt to different situations.

Ofcourse when playing tabletennis you have to accept the basic ” laws ” to play the ball on the table with good quality.

I think experiments evolves your possibilties.

I did a lot of standard training but did not raise my skills, now I am back to nature again.

September 18, 2012 at 7:56 am
(3) Rohit Bansal says:

I was pleasantly surprised to see this article of yours. Reason ? I was already using the same grip myself when I read that article. I must say that I was completely agrre with the pros and cons you mentioned of that grip. Earlier I used to wonder whether I should continue with the same grip or move to the orthodox shakehand. But when I read this article, I thought, wait a minute, I’m not the only one, there are people who are doing research on that. It’s about whether you are having fun while playing and how many points you can score, rather than how you score !

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