Lin Dan’s unorthodox grip really caught my attention during the 2009 All England tournament. To be honest i wasn’t aware about this until the commentator commented on his half naked grip.
Lin Dan’s method of grip is very rare among badminton players. So what is the reason of him doing so? According to reports, this forces Lin Dan into using the full length of the grip since he used to always hold his racket about halfway up the grip, no matter which shot he played.
I guess Lin Dan’s feel more comfort doing so by putting the grip tape half way only. We can’t condemn on what he is doing because he is winning matches with it. Why change on your winning formula when it’s working?
For me, i don’t like to waste my grip tape. I would use the whole grip tape and cover my grip higher then normal. That’s how i like it.
I usually hold my grip lower when i am at the baseline while move it up higher when i am in front of the net. The main reason for me doing so is that holding the grip further down generates more power. At the front court we need more control thus i hold my racket grip slightly higher above the middle point.
Every player has a different way to express themselves. So that’s how Lin Dan holds his grip. How about you all? What do you think about Lin Dan’s unorthodox grip and how do you grip your racket?
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