Left Hand (Traditional)
In the left hand, the fulcrum is again formed using the thumb and index finger. The stick is allowed torest in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, and a connection is formed between the
of the thumb pad, and first joint of the index finger (A). This connection is
as it providesthe primary point in which the power of the down-stroke is transferred to the stick. The middle fingerfollows the index finger, resting on top of the stick (B).The stick rests on the cuticle of the ring finger (A). This connection provides power to the upstroke,and provides additional control. The index finger and the ring finger should maintain the samecurvature (B). A common error is to extend, or straighten the fingers of the left hand. Care should betaken to ensure the hand remains naturally “cupped”, as if holding a tennis ball. The pinky fingershould simply follow underneath the ring finger, and should never be cocked back.