Tennis Racket plays an important role in winning tennis matches. There is not just one way to hold a tennis racket, rather there are many. If you cannot get the grip accurately, you cannot excel in serving and swing. However, though there are differences between individuals in the ways they hold the tennis racket, there are proven ways practiced by the eminent players for holding a tennis racket. In this article, we are going to show you some of the techniques on how to hold a tennis racket.
Mistakes a Beginner Make
When it comes to holding the tennis racket properly, many beginners do not get it right from the beginning. A typical thing that we notice in the newbies is that they hold the handle in a tight grip and wrap their thumb around the index finger. Another commonplace mistake that many beginners make is that they place their index finger just behind their grip pointing to the head of their racket. To be honest, this is utterly ineffective and minimizes the stroke power. On top of that, this position can lead to injury.
The Proper Kind of Grip
A proper kind of grip does not need to be very tight. Rather, it should be firm. This firmness level can be compared with the level of a firm handshake. Your fingers should in an angled in a way so that there forms a V-shape groove between your index finger and the thumb. The index finger will thus look like a triggering position while the middle fingers will be together.
Though there are differences among the tennis players regarding the grip preferences, these aspects align mostly with their grip strategies. However, in the coming part, let’s see the most common ways to hold a tennis racket.
Some Common Types of Grips:
There are many kinds of grips used worldwide by professional tennis players. Here are some most common grip types:
Continental grip is one of the most common grip types to hold a tennis racket. It is a basic and neutral grip that will help you make quick returns along with playing defensive strokes. In this grip, the V-shape you form with your thumb and forefingers seems to be roughly at 11 o’clock if you are right-handed and 1 o’clock if you are left-handed. With this grip, your wrist and forearm work pretty smoothly. Being an ideal grip for a volley, serving the ball and smash, it lets you even handle drop shot comfortably from the back of the court.
One great advantage of this grips the versatility. Almost any mature tennis player knows about it as they find it easy to use. Any new beginner will find it easy to learn and use this grip to ensure solid shots. However, the disadvantage of continental grip is that it will limit the topspin to a certain extent.
Forming a V-shape with the thumb finger that looks like positioned in the middle of 12 and 1 ‘o clock is called an eastern grip. It can be compared with the shape that is created in case you shake hands with the racket in a relaxed mood. This grip does not encourage the racket acceleration and that’s why it keeps the ball quite flat. This grip is good for the beginners to make volleys and shots. However, it needs more vertical upswing to make sure that topspin is produced.
Semi-Western Forehand Grip
Semi-Western Grip lets you generate more spin as it hits the back of the ball lot more than other grip positions. In a semi-western forehand grip, a V-shape gets produced in the middle of 2 and 3’o clock and takes your racket a little bit deeper. Being considered as one of the ideal grips for the present day. It is getting popular day by day due to the great topspin this grip can generate without sacrificing much power. However, if compared with the eastern forehand grip, it can produce less power.
Full-Western Forehand Grip
When the V-shape is formed anywhere beyond 3 o’clock and the palm is directed to the sky, we call that grip as a full-western forehand grip. This is one of the most favorite grip types some Spanish tennis players follow. They can twist their grip to hit the ball with the opposite side of the racket and thus can attain awesome racket speed. One problem is that you have to sacrifice power to a considerable extent when you are using this grip.
A full western forehand grip is quite difficult for beginners and it causes much stress on the muscles.
A tennis racket has immense power to show. Knowing how to hold a tennis racket is very crucial. It is because the intensity of power someone can insert in a volley or serving depends on the grips he or she chooses. As a beginner, you should try learning one by one.