In 2010 I started experimenting with alternative grips based on the Burton and Fulcrum grips that used only the thumb as the front separating finger between inner and outer mallets. I wanted to hold both mallets between thumb and index finger in order to utilize the fulcrum principle with the greatest level of control. To this concept I added a variant of the Extended cross-grip’s support finger under the palm to avoid any clicking of the mallet shafts and to control the spread. The Johansson grip requires quite thin shafts so that the separation of the shafts in the hand can be maintained. Below are two images of the grip at the interval of a second.