KB swing grip

Discussion in 'Kettlebell' started by piratebum, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. piratebum

    piratebum Triple-Digit Post Count

    Ive noticed than when I grip the bell, I am not fully using my thumb in the grip. It rests on the top of the handle.

    can I get some feedback on the pros and cons of each? Does it really matter? Thank you in advance.
     
  2. KIWI5

    KIWI5 Helping Make Others Stronger

    The thumb is the least important finger when gripping- in respects to strength. Pinkie and ring finger are where the majority of your effort should be.
     
  3. Chrisdavisjr

    Chrisdavisjr Strong Member of the Forum

    @KIWI5 Is indeed correct: 'Hooking' the handle with the fingers is how it's done; trying to squeeze the handle with the fingers and thumb caused me no end of problems including torn skin, blisters and the occasional thrown kettlebell.
     
  4. StanStan

    StanStan Triple-Digit Post Count

    Going by calluses, the main players in 1HS grip are the middle finger, ring finger and index finger.
     
  5. Kettlebelephant

    Kettlebelephant Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    This is right and wrong.
    The thumb indeed is not really needed during swings, but pinkie and ring finger are only the main players for closed hand crushing. For open hand crushing and pinch gripping the thumb becomes the most important one.
    For more info see this - Crushed-to-Dust!® Cube

    @StanStan is right that for swings (1H and 2H) the most important ones are ring, middle and index.
    You should form a hook with your fingers and let the handle rest there. The thumb is only there as a "safety net" so the KB doesn't slip out, but the majority of the weight should be hold in your fingers:
    closed-hook-grip.jpg
     
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  6. piratebum

    piratebum Triple-Digit Post Count

    Thanks. So if I understand, the hook grip without the thumb is the preferred method by the majority of people so far.
     
  7. KIWI5

    KIWI5 Helping Make Others Stronger

    So....not to be pedantic, but my statement was 100% correct. The thumb has a marginal role, keep your strength focus on the pinkie and ring finger. Always. If your calluses are on your index finger than your grip is less than optimal.
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2018
  8. Bauer

    Bauer Triple-Digit Post Count

    @KIWI5 : Would you mind elaborating on that? Why is it important to focus on the pinky and ring finger?
     

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