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Best racket handle ? Flared or Straight handle | Chinese table tennis

EmRatThich Gaming
There are in general 4 types of handles: Flared, Straight, Anatomic and Conique. Chinese and asian players prefer Flared handle,
while European players like Straight handle. Some American players like Anatomic and Conique
handle (not very popular). Why ? Almost all chinese players play Flared handle
(Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Fan Zhendong). Some top Japanese players and European players
play Straight handle (jun mizutani and Timo Boll). Someone explains that: Flared handle is good
for Forehand dominant player, while Straight handle is good for BH-FH transition. It can be true, but it’s not a real reason
that Chinese players always play Flared handle (Zhang Jike is a backhand dominant player
and he plays flared handle). The true reason why Chinese players like Flared
handle is: – They are taught a good technique: how to
hold the racket and when to hit the ball – They are taught to hold the racket loosely
before and after the stroke. That’s why they play the Flared handle as
it’s the only handle with the bigger part at the end of handle (flare). So the blade won’t drop out when you hold
it loosely. – They are taught to hit the ball with “Explosiveness”:
Hit very fast at a very short time. So Flared handle is the only handle that when
you hit hard, the blade stays safely in your hand and you don’t need to hold it tight everytime. So what is “Explosiveness” in Chinese philosophy
about table tennis ? This girl hits the ball without explosiveness. She doesn’t know when to relax, and when to
hit the ball. So the chinese coach has asked her to relax,
and hold tight the ball only at the moment of striking. It’s very short moment, and it increases the
“explosiveness” of your stroke. And this is the only reason why “Flared handle”
is prefered by Chinese players. It feels safely when you loose the grip and
hold it again quickly as it has a flare. European and Western players are taught to
hold the racket in a wrong way. They hold the racket constantly, all the time. They hold the racket before and after the
stroke in the same way. That’s why Anatomic, Straight handle fit well
their grip as this handle fit exactly their palm. Flared handle is too small in their palm and
they “feel” that the flared handle is not comfortable. However, Western players don’t know to hit
with “Explosiveness” as shown in the video with the young girl. So if you want to hit the ball with “Explosiveness”,
choose Flared handle. You can easily switch from BH to FH as for
another types of handle. If you like “Straight handle”, you must hold
the racket constantly. As it is straight, if you hold the racket
loosely, relax, it can fly out with your stroke and it can be dangerous. The “explosiveness” needs 2 phases: relax
and explode. With the “straight handle”, you can not relax,
and can’t make a good explosiveness. If you like “Anatomic handle”, it fits well
in your palm. However, it will limit a little the freedom
of your wrist. Chinese player don’t like Anatomic handle
for this reason. I want to show you an example of “Straight
handle” player: Timo Boll or Jun Mitzutani. Their ball is spinny, their playing style
is very smooth. They attack with both FH and BH with high
spin ball. However, both Timo Boll and Jun Mitzutany
are “soft”, lack of “Explosiveness”. This is the same problem for many European
players. but each time Joo Se Hyuk attacks, the ball
is very fast. It has “Explosiveness”. That the difference between Asian and Western
table tennis. So if you want to dominate in table tennis,
learn to hit with “explosiveness”and then you will know which handle is best for you. 🙂 EmRatThich Gaming

David Frank



  1. Zoran Conkic Posted on September 21, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Hi EmRatThich
    What about Waldner? ST handle user He is soft player or he have something special? Special touch? Or something other? *when he was on the top Can you describe to us from ''chinese view''? For me its personal preference No real influence for final match score When I play BH with FL handle, wide part of this handle start to ''locking'' my wrist… I feel most comfortable with ST handle Keep on with good work,thank you

  2. thalisson tm Posted on September 22, 2016 at 1:20 am

    You are simply the best, Thank you very much for share with us!

  3. Victor Yanase Posted on September 22, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Quite some interesting ideas there… Is there anything similar when it comes to the chinese penhold style? The best way to hold the racket, to achieve the explosiveness…?

  4. Geoffrey Cheng Posted on September 22, 2016 at 4:15 am

    some good points, but what are you talking about man, Timo Boll's loops look pretty damn fast at least in the video you show – u should show Ma Long / ZJK/s video too so that we can tell the difference. Otherwise, Timo Boll's look fast enough

    also don't forget, Chinese has boosted blue sponge national rubber – of course that is a ton faster.

  5. Martin Tran Posted on September 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Great Video! I really like your Chinese philosophy! I live in Germany,so the European philosophy isn't that good as the Chinese 🙁 I want to learn the Chinese philosophy,but they don't know…😔😔😕😡😭😭😢

  6. MokshaNow Posted on September 23, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Wow!Thank you for another great video. Very instructional and useful!

  7. veera venkat Posted on September 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    great video, but can you give for pen holders too

  8. Pankaj Kalra Posted on September 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Please make a video about chinese backhand technique (focussing on the fact that they pressurize the opponent and set up a forehand attack at the same time ie. consistent pace without the intention of "killing" the point)

  9. PPM Posted on September 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Hey, verry good video!, but i have a question, i have been playing now for about 1 year and my current racket(Yasaka Rakza 7) is getting old for me so, what type of bat would u recomend for player who have playd about 1 year?

  10. HenryVF Posted on September 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Straight handle (ST) for me is the best handle !

  11. 24 Frames/Sec Posted on September 28, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I think Timo's loop uses a lot of wrist and the arm is not extended fully. This generates a lot of spin with a compact stroke. The Chinese loopers come forward a lot more, using their whole body and an extended arm which generates spin and speed.

  12. Dylan Figueroa Posted on October 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Can you make videos of you playing table tennis? Even just a low quality video from a phone would be good enough. Thanks for the informative videos!

  13. Ilestun Posted on October 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    You can hold the racket loosely even with ST handle, see Waldner….and his FH didnt lack explosiveness. And don't forget JSH is using ST ahndle also, and you tell it yourself, he can reach the so called "explosiveness".

  14. Marsipulamis Posted on October 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Hm i would think it has something to do with hand size and structure as well.

  15. Marsipulamis Posted on October 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Also explosiveness has something today with stroke technique. Waldner was very effective against defenders including hyuk, because of placement and variations in spin. Chinese players only have power that's why they are extremely boring to watch.

  16. Rye Leon Posted on October 30, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Penhold or shakehand?

  17. Janik Dotzel Posted on November 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Your Videos are great!.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  18. blueHood Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Great video, now I see why defenders like Wang Xi are so successful in the german league.

  19. MrLegendchen Posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Great Video, but I also have a question: How thick should Be the grip? I have relative small hands and I use the stiga rosewood xo, which has a thick straight grip. Could it Be too thick or can I adjust it with improving my technique? Sometimes I have pain in my wrist…

  20. mellowoon Posted on November 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    nice videos mate.

  21. Kartiks Amin Posted on November 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

    best video I have ever seen but can u post a detailed video on how to hit with explosiveness

  22. Ryan Lu Posted on December 17, 2016 at 8:04 am

    wrong technique from the coach, it should be the foot work and body movement, his style is very outdated…

  23. Roeland Visser Posted on December 17, 2016 at 9:57 am

    thanks very interesting

  24. Vignesh S Posted on December 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Great video, very informative.

  25. Gin356a Posted on January 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

    I think rather than "Explosiveness" the better word would be "snappy", which results in a more lethal and "explosive" shot. European style is too stiff, it lacks the kind of whipping effect Chinese strokes have. European style is like swinging a baseball bat, where as Chinese style is more like cracking a whip.

  26. Steve Perry Posted on February 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Hello, Before I watched your videos I bought a Nittaku Acoustic Carbon Inner blade with Xiom Vega Pro max on one side and Xiom Vega Euro 2.0 on the other side. I started 8 months ago and I have been playing or practicing with a ball machine every day for 8 months. My coach says I am now playing at about 1600 and that I have improved faster than he has ever seen. However, I am 58 years old and I am not sure if I am fit enough to commit to a complete power game for 6 matches in a day. I do like playing all aspects of table tennis so my nature is more all around but if someone starts to bully me I want to use the power game to neutralize them. My weakest area is close to the table due to slow preparation, anticipation and recognition of what the opponent has hit to me. My technique is fairly solid but only when I have prepared well. From what you are saying I have the wrong rubbers and possibly the wrong blade. This blade is supposed to be off- or off. Should I change this blade? Or should I put a Chinese medium hard rubber on this Nittaku blade (if so which do you suggest?) or what else might you suggest? I currently have a new sheet of Rakza 7 soft 2.0 , 2 Kokutaku Blutenkirsche 898, 2 Yinhe Mercury 2 2.0 and two sheets of DHS National Hurricane 3 Rubber for $30 each ( I know these are counterfeit but I bought them before I watched your videos).

  27. LegIsLate Posted on February 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Kreanga is very explosive!

  28. sri vatsa Posted on February 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    seriously crap vedio timo lost 3-4 to Jo however zjike lost 4-0 first time he played Jo it's about brain more than the handle type and timo boll has brutally killed xu xin powerful topspin's with counter flats it's just about comfort zone of a player to choose a handle type than anything else stop wasting ur time doing such meaning less video and do something worth while

  29. xXSavaXx Posted on March 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    When you refer r to western players not knowing explosiveness it's not true there are many coaches in the western countries who teach their players the explosive

  30. Daniel Park Posted on March 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Timo boll has changed his shirt

  31. Ludo Giv Posted on March 26, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Where do you find all of these informations :0

  32. AcheLone Posted on March 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    is flared = concave?

  33. kiyam heliken Posted on May 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    coach… i want to tell you smthng..plz listen to once…. there will always b haters in this world in watevr u do..but as far as i know…you are the best coach, an inspiration, a guide, a teacher and a great person….you have the greatest passion for the game…n wen every time i see ur vids.. i literaaly have goosebumps….you are the best coach in my life and always will be…… simply u r a legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Chhun Hong Posted on May 13, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Zhang jike sands his Viscaria FL to almost straight handle

  35. Adinda Cakraningrat Posted on May 27, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Another good video Coach. Keep it up!! Im also using FL handle and feels comfort to me. Its grab firmly in my hand. Also same blade like Zhang Jike used.

  36. L. Gyger Posted on June 10, 2017 at 1:34 am

    I'm German and my coach always said "hold the racket, but don't grab it". I also play with a flared handle. I could never use a straight handle without a grip tape. You just don't have that snappy feeling when you hold on too tight. The flared handle was just the most natural one for me. Anatomic is the most horrible one right after these Donic Dotec blades with the cork handle… Timo Boll looks like he really grabs the racket as he also uses different grips on his forehand and backhand. Timo is still an incredible player and he gave Ma Long a tough time during the WTTC last week, but compared to the Chinese players his forehand topspins are slower, BUT spinnier. He also has that explosiveness, but he uses it to generate spin instead of speed. The handle on his Timo Boll ALC blade is a little different compared to normal straight handles. It's very square edged, so it probably doesn't slip out of your hand that easily. And I think Timo uses a straight handle because it's easier to switch between forehand and backhand grip with it. My coach always said it's better to not switch the grip between forehand and backhand. He did it himself but he said it's not the correct way of playing. He also showed me that it's better to grip a little lower and let it rest more loose in your palm to improve the mobility of the wrist. I guess I had an awesome coach!

    I love your videos! I just subbed to your channel, awesome knowledge about the sport!

  37. Mudit Kapoor Posted on July 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I like your idea about 'explosiveness'. Can you share your thoughts on how to practice explosiveness?

  38. Jason Ruiz Posted on July 5, 2017 at 1:54 am

    it depends on the hands of player

  39. Hans Peter Posted on July 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    He talks so much trash omg

  40. lucas . willemsen Posted on July 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    you should prenounce philosophie as filosofie not philoooooosophie ,lol : ) !

  41. manu de hanoi Posted on July 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    it is wrong to compare the "explosiveness" of Hyuk and boll. Boll plays against a strong backspin so he must make a very spinny ball but less powerful. Hyuk plays agains an attacker so he can put much more power.

    I dont think you can be "explosive" against a strong backspin, unless it's high

  42. Tevin Tech Posted on July 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Chinese style isn't the right style. European style isn't the wrong style. They are just different styles. They're unique, the Chinese style wasn't part of the rules so please don't call the European styles wrong.

  43. Jie Posted on August 3, 2017 at 2:57 am

    thank you coach. ive been playing table tennis for almost 15 years and stop 10 years and now im back with the sport. it seems table tennis is part of my life, everytime i ask my self to quit, it seems the universe will find a way to return my self on this game. this input you've shared helps me a lot and also helps me understand on why chinese player are so dominant on this sport. Once again thank you coach, i dont even know you but what I know is that you are so dedicated on this that you just provide this info for free. keep it up coach and Godspeed. Kodus and respect here from philippines. 🙂

  44. Joel Webb Table Tennis Posted on August 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Great video! I used a straight handle for 1 year and it messed up my backhand, I just used flared handle now.Thanks, keep the videos coming 🙂

  45. Cesar Gonzalez Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Man… I have to say this, I admire your videos, and I've become a fan of them quickly. But no man, this one here, I have to disagree with almost everything you said. And hey, I HATE STRAIGHT HANDLES, but just because they feel like they're going to slip out your hand.
    I can agree with the fact that they (ST handles) can make you play more tense, but coach, at Timo's and ZJK's level, it's just about feeling man… I met Timo in Malaysia and asked him about his ST handle, he laughed and said "I don't know, it feels faster, I guess!".
    And hey, Timo looks pretty relaxed and powerful even in this video; hehe… Off course chinese table tennis is more powerful, but my point is, I'm pretty sure it's not about the handle, at least not at a very high level like national level…
    Thanks coach, I really love your videos, really. I just disagree with this one. Cheers.

  46. Tyrone Kim Posted on September 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I have yet to see any high ranking players hit a ball in a match as demonstrated by the Chinese coach. Can you provide a video link where a player in a match executes a return stroke as demonstrated by the Chinese coach? Thanks.

  47. Petru Sincraian Posted on September 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you.

  48. Mh Aِlan Posted on September 29, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Can you have close up video to what you call it explosivness? We dont get it by speech and text my friend.

  49. Timotei Centea Posted on October 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I don't know if this is the place to ask, but I hope someone can help me
    I am buying my first blade, and I was thinking for a yasaka sweden extra with DHS 3 hurricane on both sides (red/black).
    Is this right for a beginer/intermediate looping aggressive player? Thank you!

  50. jedikevin20 Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Joe Sae is just a great defender. He does this to Ma Long, Lin, ZJK and others as well.

  51. legu333 Posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    "Western players dont know how to hit with "explosiveness"…are you kidding me? I am pretty sure timo boll would beat you 11:0 even if you put dynamite in your shoes. Just because there are a few chinese players who are on the top saying that a whole continent cant hit with explosiveness, generalize more.

  52. ArthopodArena Posted on February 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Some of these generalizations about Western players are just not true. I live in the second largest city in my state in the US (Columbus, GA). There is not a single table tennis club here. I literally have to drive 2 hours to Atlanta just to play in a club. There are at least 100x more competitive table tennis players in China than in the USA. This is a much bigger factor to Chinese success than these generalizations you are drawing. You're videos are good, and some usefulness can be gleaned from them; but a lot of it is just hooplah, and biased logic.

  53. Dan Adrian Posted on March 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I think some of you are missing the point. Has Waldner had a successful career with Straight Handle? Sure. Does Timo Boll have explosiveness even with Straight handle? Sure. Are there other westerners that use straight handles that can have explosiveness? Sure. But this only makes it harder. Imagine how much more successful Timo could be right now if he had learned with more of the Chinese principals. Waldner was good during his time, but that was before speed glues were banned and when they used the old balls. It’s not just about the handle either. You add together each difference, the handle, rubber, blade, approach to hitting the ball, etc etc etc, and then those small differences add up.

  54. hasaninlondon Posted on March 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the video, Flared it is then!

  55. L B Posted on July 6, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I love this youtube-channel so much. The way you can present reasons for why to hold the racket a certain way, when to hit the ball when countering, and so much more. I hope to see more quality content in the future. Keep doing great videos, please!

  56. Gerard Tran Posted on July 14, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Yes, westerners may be doing the wrong way but that is why they are on top 🙂

  57. Pierre-Jean Dubois Posted on August 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    If you are affrayed to drop your bad, just put tacky overgrip on it. No need to change de grip from ST to FL. Samsonov play with a little grip.

  58. Noah Ilsøe Posted on December 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    it was very helpful thanks 😀

  59. Richard Yano Ekaputra Posted on December 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I am pretty sure the europeans are hitting with the so called “explosiveness”. They just didnt call it that way, because thats not proper english 😂. Besides the europeans are better than before in the world rankings these days. The chinese are lacking player to win world cups? I also disagree that you say the european style of table tennis is wrong. Different style doesnt mean that it is wrong. I learn the european style table tennis (even though im asian), and my coach also teach me this “explosiveness” technique. Even though he doesnt name it “explosiveness” but i am sure its the same. So i dont think any technique and any handle is wrong or worst.
    Please do not say it like the chinese are more supreme and the europeans are just bad

  60. Laurence Nyein Posted on March 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    thanks for teaching this. however, saying something like that about Timo Boll, you would upset many people. 😀

  61. Isaac Herrera Monge Posted on April 1, 2019 at 4:02 am

    This is the kind of talk that I would liked to have when I was starting Table Tennis

  62. jb sound Posted on April 2, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I am a Indian player what I would buy fl or cl

  63. c R Posted on May 19, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Great video, i enjoy it a Lot, thaks

  64. Tarig Omar Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Very informative video. A cracking coach!