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Step 1: "The Grip" - How you hold the baton?

The PaGu Process*™ to Build Your Baton

The PaGu Process has evolved from fitting hundreds of conductors with batons and finding that once a handle shape has been selected, the conductor will most often select a handle that is about the length of their thumb from knuckle to tip, no wider than the width of their middle knuckle, and will balance the length of their forearm to the center of their palm at their balance point. By following our three step process, you will be able to build a baton that will feel perfect in your hand.

Step 1: "The Grip"

By far the most common grip in the United States is the Basic Fulcrom, however I have found that many conductors grip their handles differently, hence I have made a variety of handle shapes that are more comfortable for these styles. When selecting a PaGu Baton, please choose the grip that is most similar to yours.

Please click the photo that represents how you hold your baton.
Basic Fulcrum

Basic Fulcrum

Index finger and thumb pinch at the fulcrum while the rest of the fingers gently wrap around the handle.

In-Line Grip

In-Line grip

For the conductor who likes to conduct between the index and middle fingers. Keeps the wrist in a straight line and handle end tucked into the palm while conducting.
Tension Free

Tension Free Comfort
(a.k.a. German Grip)

Hold the ball of the handle with the ring & middle fingers while the thumb & index finger gently float on the stick. Balance point is moved up the stick as a result.

Relieves tension in the index finger and thumb and helps the music making come from the shoulder and not just the forearm. Can take a day or two to get used to, but you’ll be hooked once you conduct a few rehearsals with it. 
Collar Pinch

Behind the collar pinch

For the conductor who likes to hold the baton handle rather than the stick.
* Patent Pending