What is difference between FL, CS, ST, AN, large waist handle table tennis handle? How to distinguish pen shooting from horizontal?
There are many different types of table tennis handles. Many people don't know how to tell them apart. What is difference? Today Pingpong.com will tell you in detail about characteristics of FL, ST, AN, CS and Chinese style thin handles, and what kind of people are suitable for them? Today, Guo Yunpeng, founder of Pingpong.com, has come to give you a detailed introduction.
Many beginners don't see difference between a horizontal grip and a handle grip on table tennis floor. They often hear people say that vertical grip has short handles and long handles. Learn about common sense of table tennis equipment and when communicating with your golfers in the future, a few words of professional vocabulary and English will suddenly pop up that will definitely make your golfers look at you with admiration in an instant!
First, let's look at following table:
After reading table, we can see some handles. Perhaps many golfers have never heard of them. Now 95% of bases in market are horizontal FL and straight CS, and even many foreign brands have abandoned CS directly. Straight, only horizontal FL and horizontal ST are available. It's not that these grips are unpopular, it's that there are too few people who know them and many don't buy them if they don't understand them. In fact, some grips are more suited to golf enthusiasts.
1. Waist handle (FL horizontal shot) Master
Almost 99% of horizontal handles in Chinese market are FL horizontal handles. This type of handle has a thin waist in middle and a slightly thicker back. It has a certain curvature, so it is also called waist handle. .
The advantage of this design is that when holding palm, grip is more concentrated on waist, and grip will be more stable.
Most racquet grips are horizontal grips and deep grips. As a rule, grips are divided into forehands and backhands. The deeper grip, more stable surface will be.
However, when doing right and left transitions, if grip is too deep, transition will be affected and a certain flip transition will be required.
However, with a shallow grip, need to flip board is slightly less.
That's why FL horizontal shooting has a high level of market penetration. Whether you are an amateur or a professional athlete, you can control all kinds of play and there is no obvious sense of failure.
2. Large Belt Handle (Large Horizontal Plan FL) Legend
As name suggests, it is slightly thicker than horizontal FL circle. To be honest, difference can only be seen when connected at same time. Don't look at it a little, feeling of holding will change a lot.
Large FL is mainly used by people with large palms, especially some European athletes whose height and palms are one size larger than ordinary Asians. They will feel that the normal FL is not full, so there is a large FL handle.
There are very few users of this type of handle in China. Currently, only popular Stiga blades have such handles.
Third long straight handle (ST landscape) Classic
Many people confuse ST horizontal grip with pen grip because its handle is also straight, but ST horizontal grip is just as straight as top and bottom. CS Penhold still has a certain slant.
Many people in Europe use ST. This will be very useful if you hold it with a large hand, and transition between forehand and backhand is relatively smooth. Because it's pointing straight up and down, you'll keep it more relaxed and won't be as concentrated as FL. The loin naturally transforms when board is upside down.
Many strikers choose ST handle because they often have to swap front and back. The ST handle rotates racket in this way and changes rubber so that rubber hitting surface for right and left becomes unstable and more confusing.
Especially some amateur players who play horizontally with granular glue, on right with reverse glue, and on left with long glue. Glue, if immediately reversed, can almost confuse a large number of golfers.
If you want to consider choosing a horizontal ST but are worried that your waist will be too fat to hold it, it's okay, you can buy some fine sandpaper to polish handle a little more and you can polish it. it to a comfortable thickness for you to hold. The palm size is different, and after many adjustments, you can finally polish it to a feel that suits you.
Fourth place, pumpkin handle (horizontal shot) Winner
You could say that AN handle is now extinct and basically not seen on market, but Shifu wants to say that AN handle is most suitable for a horizontal grip with human mechanics.
The AN handle is pumpkin-shaped and has an S-shaped curvature. When holding racket, maximum distance between palm and handle is AN. Whether it's grabbing or switching between forehand and backhand, it's very smooth. Kong Linghui and Liu Guozheng played AN handles.
If it's so good, why is it extinct and no manufacturer wants to make it? The main reason is that size of palm is different for everyone, so coefficient of coincidence of this curvature S is low for everyone. And player B will feel that hand is pushed, and it is uncomfortable to hold, and diaphragm responds.
As a product for general public, if it cannot be used by 95% of people, it cannot be mass produced in market. This is reason for decline of AN descriptor.
But if you're a real longtime fan, you can polish handle with fine sandpaper to fix top hand problem, because top is generally considered to be raised part of handle. This is fine. Therefore, in the future, Pingpong.com will be looking at a small number of horizontal grips with AN handles for most golfers.
5. Pen holder (CS) Pen holder
Currently, 99% of handles on market are CS. The full English name is CHINESE SHORT (abbreviated as CS), which translates as Chinese style handle or Chinese style short handle.
Feather grip originated in China. In 1950s, Xu Shaofa, Xu Yinsheng, Zhuang Zedong, Guo Yuehua, etc. all used pen grip. At time, table tennis world looked down on him. Chinese grip with a handle. One style of play. It wasn't until China became master of table tennis world that they realized advancement and flexibility of pen style.
With development of table tennis technology, pen grip has same grip technique as horizontal grip, which compensates for lack of a backhand.
Perhaps due to habit of eating with chopsticks, more than 60% of eaters in China mainly use handle grip method, so handle grip has a large market share in China. Therefore, many brands in foreign countries only shoot horizontally, but in Chinese market, they will shoot with a pen.
Hand grips rely on fingers to hold and support surface of racket, so demands on finger support are high. Nowadays, many young people are not accustomed to grips with a pen. On one hand, they cannot hold chopsticks, and on other hand, they feel uncomfortable. In fact, if position of shoulder and grip of handle is slightly polished, it can solve problem of hand pinching and thenar oppression.
In future, fewer and fewer professional athletes will play pen grips. Now, benefits of a pen grip with small balls in table are becoming less obvious. In addition to restrictions on unlocking and throwing ball, serve is not as confused as it used to be in COSCO competitions -Taiwan, it was not as stable and powerful as a horizontal strike.
However, market share of China's amateur market will not change much in a short period of time, since pen shooting is our traditional playing style in China, and this playing style cannot be lost under any circumstances.
6. Chinese style thin handle (thin pen handle) Chinese style thick handle (pen thick handle)
As name suggests, it is slightly thinner than CS pen, which is more suitable for enlightened children and women who have small hands, and a thin pen will be easier to hold.
At same time, there will be a small number of pens with thick handles that are slightly thicker than CS pens and also made for people with large hands.
The thicker handle is more suitable for a traditional left push and right attack.
For enlightened children, Wet Father still recommends using a thin handle that is same regardless of horizontal position or holding handle to reduce burden on children when holding, and switch to a regular handle when they get older.
The above is an introduction to various table tennis base handles. I hope this will be helpful for everyone. I will present you with a series of instructional videos to help you better understand table tennis equipment.
Ping pong, wet father, Hu Qingyuan
November 16, 2023