An Introduction to Grips
In high level table tennis, there are two main grip types, the shakehands grip and the penhold grip. Each of these two types has several variations, which we will look at in detail.
Besides the common ping-pong grip types, there are also several less commonly used grips, such as the Seemiller grip, V grip, and pistol grip. Although these grips are not as common, especially at high levels, it is not always easy to say whether this is because the grips are inferior or just because they are relatively newer variations that have not got enough users to provide many top level players yet. After all, most shakehand or penhold players do not go on to elite play either, but this is not seen as a disadvantage of these grips.
I would recommend beginners start with a shakehand or penhold grip, if for no other reason than it will be easier to get advice and coaching for these styles. The number of competent coaches of Seemiller, V grip or pistol grip type players would be very few at present.
Although there are many minor variations of the shakehand grip, the main two versions of this grip are known as the Shakehand Shallow Grip and the Shakehand Deep Grip.
There are also many variations of the penhold grip, with the main versions being the Traditional Chinese Grip, the Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB) Chinese Grip, and the Japanese/Korean Grip.