Tennis Coaching

Changing racquet grip—a case study

Top Spin Forehand Grip

I do not consistently change my grip from a hammer grip (v's of finger/thumb running along the top of the racket - like a handshake) to a western grip (v's of finger/thumb running along back bevel of racket grip, index finger extended up and across the grip, fingers not in too tight), which is important in allowing the racket to brush up against the back of the ball, creating the required top spin.

This sliding back of the hand in preparation gives greater flexibility and control.

In my old way, when trying for topspin, I grip the racket using the hammer grip , but in my new way I change to a western grip when I want topspin.

The difference between my old and new way is that in my old way I grip the racket using the hammer grip.... and in my new way I change to a western grip when I want topspin .... The new way is better because it allows me to get better control over the ball and exert more natural spin.

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