The difference between a championship carrom game winner and just another player on the circuit often comes down to a flick of the wrist. How a player holds the carrom striker -- and whether or not they are prone to "smacking" the striker versus gently pushing it toward its intended target -- is key to winning. According to both the U.S. Carrom Association and the International Carrom Federation, the grip is the most important aspect of a player's game.
The Scissor Grip
Position the trigger hand as if holding a pair of scissors. The middle and index fingers curl horizontally back toward the opposite hand, with the thumb pointing away from the body and resting slightly on top of the two fingers. The ring and fifth finger (pinky) curl all the way back toward the body.
Rotate the hand slightly away from the body so that the middle finger can rest flat on the carrom board, directly behind the striker. Place the middle finger perpendicular to the path of the shot, continuing to stack the index finger on top of the middle finger.
Pull the middle and index fingers back, away from the striker, and release. If performed correctly, there will be a slight snap that generates both significant momentum and accuracy for the shot.
The Straight Shot
Place the hand palm side down on the carrom board, with the wrist positioned at the edge of the board. The fingers should rest lightly on the board in the direction of the playing field. You will re-position your fingers in Step 2, but proper hand placement in the beginning sets up an accurate strike.
Hold the striker between the thumb and middle finger. Rest the index finger directly behind the striker. This will position the index finger for the perfect shot.
Push the striker toward its intended target. Gently pushing the striker rather than "smacking" it with the index finger provides greater control, resulting in an accurate shot.