“Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility”. The young blood adores this game for its mounting excitement. However, here you will learn how to grip and regrip the tennis racket- two must learn skills for a tennis player.
Learners often struggle with these tasks. But, with the right techniques and enough practice, you can master this them. Here, we will be discussing four basic racket grips for you. We have covered the basics about the holds and broke down the process of accurately holding it. Moreover, we are going to show you how to regrip a tennis racket step by step. Let’s jump in!
How To Grip A Tennis Racket?
The quality of your short highly depends on your gripping style. Several grips are available to facilitate different shots like serving, volleying, smashing or slicing, etc. to dominate on the court, a player must adopt a bunch of shots.
We are presenting four must learn shots from our list for you. Note that the easiest way to get the right-hand position is rotating your grasp on the handle clockwise assuming the head of the racket is at twelve o’clock. the left-handers have to move their hands at the same distance in the opposite direction.
Continental grip, also known as semi-western grip, is a basic and neutral hold. Though it is initially used for baseline forehand, this versatile grip suits both forehand and backhand swipes. This flat grip is largely used for serving, volleying, and smashing. It enables you to hit down the ball hence you can efficiently slice intricate drop shot from the end of the court.
Now, let’s come to the point of how to have this hold. For this, keep the racket on the ground first. Then, normally pick it up. That’s it. You have got the hold. For confirming the perfect hold, here is a checklist:
- Any of your fingers shouldn’t be sticking out. Rather, they should be wrapped around comfortably.
- When you turn your palm grabbing the racket upward, all the fingernails have to be on the same side towards the sky.
- Adjust the V-shape created by your thumb and other fingers at 11 o’clock.
This grip is widely used by beginners. Still, be aware of the drawbacks while choosing it. It can be a little challenging to get accustomed to in the beginning. As well, it requires extra effort settling the fingers around the handle.
Flexibility and naturality are the trademarks of this grip. Hence it is one of the basic grips for the novice players.
Holding this grip is effortless. At first, hold the racket in front of you with your non-dominant hand. Then, on the other hand, grab the handle as you shake hands from the side. Gently do it as you shake your friend’s hand. That’s it. It is suitable for serving.
Contemporary players adore this grip because it enables them to generate powerful topspin which rules the courts nowadays. Additionally, it generates a perfect blend of spin and power. You can hit the ball hard creating unfathomable spin with it. Baseline forehand strokes, topspin lob shots, quick short angle shorts are played effortlessly with this forehand grip.
Getting the grip is fast and easy. Hold the handle keeping the V between two and three o’clock roughly. It might be a little intricate for novice players. But with enough practice, you can nail it!
Full Western Hold
Move the V clockwise beyond three o’clock around the next bevel edge, you are playing the extreme Full Western hold. While holding it, the palm faces upward as well as a player hits the ball with the opposite side of the racket.
Want to discomfit your opponent with a tremendous amount of topspin? Then, master this grip. Remember that, this shot is specialized for generating spin and the power part is a little bit missing there. This advanced-level grip is uncomfortable for beginners player because one has to sacrifice the natural posture of the hand movement as well as endure extra stress in the muscle.
How To Regrip A Tennis Racket?
When you watch tennis matches, you may have noticed players change their grip even in a single set. They do so because grips have a massive impact on the quality of your game. With a nicely gripped racket, a player can hold it firmly and hit the ball at the appropriate height.
For completing the process smoothly, you will need the following pieces of equipment:
- Needle-nose pliers or a narrow screwdriver to get rid of the left staple.
- Scissors to sever grip.
- Staple gun (optional) for securing grip to handle.
Now, follow the steps below:
- Unfasten the existing grip. Remove the old staple from the butt with needle-nose pliers as well. Now, make your handle clean detaching all the grip substances left.
- When you are using a grip with a collar, slide it all the way out of the grip area before wrapping the new grip. Because it is more strenuous if you try to move it over a gripped handle.
- Unfasten the clear plastic protecting the grip. Fix or staple the tapered end of the grip to the butt as well.
- Initiate wrapping the grip. For convenience, keep the racket handle against your thighs or any sold surface for support. Then, with one hand hold the grip steadily and with the other hand slowly turn round the handle.
- While rotating, make sure that you are overlapping roughly 1/16 of an inch in every turn. Remember that, overlapping prevents your grip from unwinding and unwrapping. Also, always maintain the suggested proportion of overlapping because if you overlap more than that your handle will become thick which is inconvenient to a stronghold.
- When you are at the finishing part of the handle, mark the finishing line of the handle on the grip. Now, cut the grip matching to the border of the handle.
- Attach the finishing line of the grip with the finishing tape and finally pull down the collar.
That’s it. You have done it.
Learning every skill requires persistent hard work. Repeatedly practice the skills and soon you will become indomitable in the tennis court. We hope that this guide will help you to understand how to grip and regrip a tennis racket like a pro.