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Step 2: Tennis Grip

The grip on your raquet is an important aspect in your tennis play.

You should grip the tennis raquet loosley between strokes, but when you are about to swing, it is better to tighten your hold.

The following is the Eastern Grip
1)Note that the eastern grip is popular with beginners and is widely used with forehands because of its comfort. The grip can also be used to hit backhands, serves and volleys.
2)Hold the racket in front of you in your left hand (or right hand if you're a left-handed player).
3)Rotate the racket so that the face (strings) of the racket is perpendicular to the ground.
4)Lay the palm of your free hand flat on the face of the racket.
5)Move your palm toward your body, down the shaft of the racket, until it hits the end of the handle.
6)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them slightly apart. Your thumb and forefinger should lie almost directly on top of the handle, forming a V that points toward your right shoulder (toward your left shoulder if you're left-handed). Your thumb should lie across the top of the handle.

Continental Grip
1)Note that the continental grip is used by more advanced players in serving and volleying. Begin by forming an eastern grip.
2)Ease your grip and turn the racket with your left hand (or right hand if you're a left-handed player).
3)Turn the racket until it is perpendicular to the ground, or pointing to the "12 o'clock" position. Then, if you are right-handed, turn the racket to about the "1 o'clock" position. If you are left-handed, turn the racket to the "11 o'clock" position.
4)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them slightly apart. The V formed by the thumb and forefinger should point toward you, and the thumb should lie along the length of the handle. The bottom knuckle of your index finger should lie right on top of the racket.

'Western Grip
1)Note that the western grip is excellent in forehand play but feels awkward for beginners, especially when used for backhands, serves and volleys. Advanced players often use it to enhance their forehand play.
2)Start by holding the racket with an eastern grip.
3)Relax your grip and turn the racket counterclockwise until the top of the racket points toward the "11 o'clock" position. Left-handed players should turn the racket clockwise to the "1 o'clock" position.
4)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them apart slightly. The V formation should point to your right (or left), and your thumb should lie across the top of the handle.

Picture 1 is the Eastern Grip

<p>Great instructions JKnight for learning how to play tennis. I think I could add to it. When purchasing a tennis racket make sure you are fitted for the proper grip size to prevent injury and optimize performance. Also, having a dynamic warm up routine and stretch prior to play is key. For more on these tips I will write up an article tonight. You can get the perspective for kids or beginners depending on what you want.</p><p>Cheers!</p><p>Randy</p><p><a href="http://www.smarttenniskids.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.smarttenniskids.com/</a> or <a href="http://www.smarttennisbeginners.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.smarttennisbeginners.com/</a></p>
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<p>Thank you. This will help my son.</p>
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<p>Tennis <br> games can last from a few minutes to several minutes depending on how <br>competitive the players are and how many points are played. It takes a <br>minimum of four points to play out a game. In order to win a game, you <br>must win by at least two points.</p><p>Praveen</p><p>http://acetennisacademy.in/</p>
<p>Tennis <br> games can last from a few minutes to several minutes depending on how <br>competitive the players are and how many points are played. It takes a <br>minimum of four points to play out a game. In order to win a game, you <br>must win by at least two points.</p><p>Praveen</p><p>http://acetennisacademy.in/</p>
<p>Tennis <br> games can last from a few minutes to several minutes depending on how <br>competitive the players are and how many points are played. It takes a <br>minimum of four points to play out a game. In order to win a game, you <br>must win by at least two points.</p><p>Praveen</p><p>http://acetennisacademy.in/</p>
do you have recommendation for a Brand of raquet like WILSON or PRINCE? <br />which brand is better to use?
I wouldnt give a particular recommendation because all these brands have very good starter rackets if you are new to the sport. In sports retailers they normally have diferrent sections of rackets for different skill levels, so a beginner section then an intermediate section then an advanced section. I would suggest either looking online or going to your nearest sports shop.
Yea a great overview of how to play tennis, I think a extra page on tactics and strategies for beginners to advanced would have been nice.<br> <br> It always good to mention how to set up the points with your strengths and the serve combinations to predict where the ball is coming. Serve combination is also a great way to deal with pressure as you have a set plan ready. (Serve out wide, the return will go cross court 75% of the time, to your forehand) So you can be ready for that! Along with other tactics such as always hitting down the line when you come into the net so as not to give your opponent angles for a passing shot. Here's a sampler at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.how-2-tennis.com">http://www.how-2-tennis.com</a><br> <br> As Flea rightly mentioned as well, the footwork is another vital element! But I wouldn't say the open stance is always best. In todays game you need both. The closed for approach shots (as it disguises where your hitting, and allows you to move up to the ball quicker) and the open for baseline (as you recover laterally quicker)<br> <br> Either way great information!<br> All the best
Thanks....I'm trying to get as much information about tennis.........my son (6yrs) is a begginer and is under coaching
One major thing you forgot to mention is the stance. The older variety is the closed stance where you stand with your feet parellel to the net. You would basicly be looking down the baseline. Many players now use the open stance. Your toes would be pointed at the net and your power foot is usually slightly closer to the net. This is the stance I use and it came natural to me. There are many advantages to using the open stance. Here's a little cuttie pastie from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tennisserver.com/Mills-tip/Mills-tip_00_11.html">tennisserver.com</a><br/><br/><em>Immediate recovery.</em><br/>It forces your back hip to turn to into the ball allowing you to hit with your legs.<br/>It minimizes how far you can take your racket back.<br/>It is easier to change direction after hitting the ball.<br/>It is easier to return balls hit near or at you, for example, serves hit into your body. <em></em><br/><br/>I'm not sure when the open stance started or who started it, but I've been using it since the early 90's. It's probably not recommended for most beginners, but it's something that should be taught and as you get better, you'll find yourself using the open stance more often.<br/>
yeah. open helps you to hit farther. my tennis teacher told me that.
&nbsp;No.... that is not the point of open stance :) Open stance helps you get more power, yes but also can help get a lot more spin which would bring the ball in... Just as a a note ;)
Hii..thank for tutorial, this useful for me.<br/>regard..<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.moratmarit.com/">moratmarit</a><br/>
I hope this helps you for next week Janetta! Study this site diligently! I look forward to collecting on our bet!
this site is cool cuz it helpd me a lot with tennes me and my dad can play tenes now
ya i love tennis i've been playin for 6 years and i love it i think alot of other people should play i also think tennis should be a loved sport like foot ball
Thank you for your site. In order to gain perfection it should propose a service photo and a clock scheme with the 5 grips : 11h eastern, 0h continental, 1h hammer, 3h western, & 4h semi-western. Best regards, homonym-list.com
Hey, really nice one man. I'm just starting out with a few friends and this is really going to help.
well i am a beginer and i wish i would have looked at this sooner because i just went out and bought a $75 racket and its pretty big and heavy but i also think this may be a good thing because i do have a nasty backhand because i have a lot of power
It was interesting......
k i will get on that as soon as posible and make shore i get good info

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