In this video, I want to explain the fundamentals
of the different tennis grips to you. The grip is actually a lot more important
than most players realize because it influences the angle of your racket face. It influences
how open or how closed your racket face is and it therefore influences your ideal swing
shape. Now in order to describe the different kinds
of grips, players and coaches often use terminology like the Continental grip, the Semi-Western
grip, or the Western grip. What I found is that this terminology actually confuses people
and there’s a better way to look at tennis grips. Okay, so the grip actually has eight
sides to it. I’ve put some numbers on here and you can see the top bevels right here:
number 1, number 2, number 3, and number 4. Those are all the bevels we’re going to worry
about for now. For the left-hander, it goes the other way. Bevel number 1 is the same,
number 2, and number 3 here on the side. Now we need to measure the relation of our hand
to the grip. In order to do that, we’re going to look at the index knuckle and the heel
pad of the hand. Let’s have a look at some forehand grips.
We’re going to focus on the index knuckle right here as a reference point. The index
knuckle is the most important reference point and the one that I use most of the time. Usually,
if you get the index knuckle right, you don’t have to worry about the heel pad. What you
can see here is that my index knuckle is on bevel number 3 which is often called an Eastern
Forehand grip. If I moved down a little bit further, right now I’m on 3.5 which is the
edge between 3 and 4. Going down even further to number 4 and now what is often called a
Semi-Western grip. Anything further down is called a Western grip, 4.5 or even 5. These
are very extreme grips that I do not recommend any of you guys use. Ideally, you want to
stay in the 3 to 4 range with your forehand grip. Anywhere in between there should be
fine. Okay, let’s have a quick look at the grips
for the One-Handed Backhand at the possible ranges here. The range is actually very small
that I recommend. As you can see right now, my index knuckle is on bevel 1.5 just between
bevel 1 and bevel 2 on the edge. This is the grip that I would that you guys start out
with. Now if you’ve been playing for a while, you can move over to bevel number 1 which
is going to help you deal better with topspin shots and high-bouncing balls.
Now let’s have a look at the grip that I recommend for the Two-Handed Backhand. As you can see
here—my right hand—the index knuckle in on bevel number 2 over to the right side of
the grip. Now I’m going to put the left hand here on bevel number 3, counting the other
way for the left-hander. So the grip’s going to look like this: bevel number 3 for the
left hand going the left way and bevel number 2 for the right hand.
Last but not least, let’s have a look at the grip for the serve. As you can see, my index
knuckle is on bevel number 2. This is called a Continental grip and is the grip that I
recommend for the serve. Only if you’re a beginner, it might make sense to start it
off a little bit further to the right on bevel 2.5 or 3. That’s going to make it easier to
get the ball in the court in the beginning but as soon as possible, you want to try to
move to a grip on number 2. Alright! So much on the basics of tennis grips.
Now, good grips are an essential part of good tennis strokes so go ahead and check out on
your own grips.

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Dennis Veasley

100 thoughts on “Tennis Grips”

  1. great video !! you helped me a lot . what kind of racquets do you recommend for 1 h backhand. lite or a bit heavy ?

  2. That really is a matter of personal preference. Try them out and then see what works best is my advice!

  3. Schön beschrieben, allerdings vermisse ich den generellen Hinweis, welche Griffgröße man wählen sollte. Meiner Erfahrung nach wird heut zu tage im Schnitt zu viel zu kleinen Griffgrößen geraten. Ich habe selbst Jahre lang mit einem zu kleinem Griff gespielt. Seit dem ich auf L5 gewechselt bin habe keine Armprobleme mehr und mein Spiel hat einen Leistungssprung gemacht.

  4. Clear and concise video~ I found comfortable to play the windshield wiper forehand with a semi-western grip.

  5. Is it good enough for beginner ?Wilson Match Point L3 Tennis Racket.
    $20 in Wallmart
    what is the difference between 150 and 20 dol. raquet?

  6. Durability & lifespan, materials, weight distribution technologies and ofcourse the overall weight of the racket. Cheaper, beginner rackets are very lightweight.
    Go ahead with that Wilson model, they are more than decent, don't worry.
    Be sure to take your time when choosing your model, specially when it comes to weight.
    Hold the racket and swing a couple times L to R using only your wrist.

  7. Good advice, so is the choice for string kg/lbs. Normally lower tension is more power and higher tension is more control.

  8. I'd go for heavy. Personally, as a 1-hander I've played with Yonex & Wilson Pro Staffs. They both are excellent, maybe go for bit heavy with low tension for power or high tension for control. Depends on what you are looking for exactly. I'd recommend Wilson Pro Staff, can't go wrong with those.
    Head too.

  9. You will understand that irritating situation when your brother's friend (who's been a loser permanently, incidentally) gets an incredible girl to fall in love with him in a couple of weeks?! God, that occured. I understand I ought to think well done, but I would prefer if it was me. He smiled as he told me he learned from the Cupid Love System (Google it). I want to disappear inside of a cave at this point…

  10. Best video I have seen describing tennis grips. I have played tennis for 40 years and the tennis jargon of Continental, Eastern, Western grip description is something I have avoided ever using.

    Your system is far superior and the old tennis jargon descriptions should be relegated to the dustbin.

  11. That was excellent
    Ok question I hit with guys that say index to be on number 1 to serve is this true
    Feels way off
    I like your way much better
    Are they wrong ?

  12. excelente explicación, la mejor que ay, talvez seria bueno en los gráficos incluir los nombres de las empuñaduras, aunque lo dice con la voz, pero escribirlo seria muy bueno, para los que nos cuesta un poco el ingles, saludos y nuevamente gracias.

  13. Thanks for ditching the terminology and using a easy to understand visual representation with numbers! I am a visual learner so that made it a LOT easier to understand!  Going to watch the rest of your videos!  I hope the rest use this same style.  Great work!

  14. the western grip it is bad because it is very dificult
    a to deal with high bouncing balls  with the W grip you shoul hit the ball at shoulder level

  15. Hello Florian, I watched your analysis of RF's forehand volley video today. You mentioned he's using a 2.5 index knuckle on his volley grip. Is it some coaches call the weak Continental grip? Look forward to hear from you. Thank you.

  16. Love using a semi-western (4) grip…. I like having the ability to be balanced in both top spin, and in addition the pacing of the ball during play.

  17. The only reason ball goes into net is racket is not under ball. You can get 2 feet from net with racket face down and get ball over net and in court. Try it.

  18. I like how easy it was to learn these grips. For a two-handed Forehand, what bevels do I put my hands on? Would it be my right hand on bevel 3 and left on bevel 2? Or is it the same as a two-handed backhand? Thanks for the video~!

  19. Sorry dude, my grip bevels are not numbered. What are you going to do..say use bevel 3 as they look at you like a deer in the headlights.

  20. Currently for my one handed backhand, I have my grip as one that is opposite that of a continental grip, I find that it is very easy to generate topspin. Do you think that it would be detrimental to my playing as I advance in tennis? Do you recommend my changing to another grip? Thanks, and as always, great videos!

  21. i have a question… why not backed extreme grip . I know what these techniques do make the ball spin…why I ask because I have familiarized with the game of tennis.

  22. its very very awesome i love this video but it doesnt generates speed that much but ball is now started getting in from the last one grips

  23. Decent review of grips. However, IMHO it perpetuates a common teaching flaw that may create a lot of confusion and problems for many players. I was one such player…

    The problem is usind the index finger's hand knuckle used as a grip guide provides very limited feeling of how the racquet is oriented during actual play. This is because many times during play this knuckle may only be barely touching or not touching the racquet — how's that supposed to help folks get the racquet grip oriented? Furthermore, bringing this knuckle into the tight contact with the racquet may result in the grip of death that sucks away power and touch, while perhaps also promoting tennis elbow problems.

    For me, using the position of the index finger's second knuckle on the racquet is a lot easier to feel and track while playing and when flipping between various grips during fast play. This knuckle is opposed by the thumb's first knuckle on the opposite side of the grip — this duo defines the plane of least resistance (and most easily attained direction of power) that a racquet might take when executing a proper swing pattern for that particular grip. It's also a relatively light grip — it's purpose is TO GUIDE racquet swing orientation, NOT provide racquet POWER. Yes, the swing path is also the same path the wrist bends in — go figure.

    For example, for a continental grip, the thumb's first knuckle is on the top flat edge of the grip while the index finger's second knuckle is on the bottom of edge of the grip. This puts the head of the racquet perpendicular to the ground. Rotate the grip points to the next flat spot for the next grip position, etc… It's also possible that for some hand and racquet sizes, the index finger's second digit and/or the thumb's first digit might be easier reference points than the knuckles.

    Also, I'm using an "OK" grip with the edge of the thumb pressed to the top edge of the middle finger forming an 'OK' sign. Held with modest tightness, this simple OK ring creates an axis ring for the racquet to rotate around to pass the maximum power of the whipping action created by proper stroke mechanics to the racquet head at ball contact along with the fine tuning guidance of the other fingers — aka, no power sucking death grip. The OK grip also creates a slight diagonal orientation of the fingers over the racquet handle, which is what top players use for most strokes for ergonomic reasons noted above.

    Thanks for reading. Now I'll retire to my closet to dream up other alternate world realities and confusion…

  24. When you say knunckle is on 1 where should the heel pad be? Should heel pad also in 1(always a straight line) ? If it varies then why is it not mentioned by trainers?

  25. thanks for the video sir, I am beginner at tennis and this video just provided a great clarification to my understanding of holding a racket. thank you so much. 🙂

    Maybe you should make a video for PING PONG players who want to take tennis seriously.
    After seeing this video, I realized why I made so many easy mistakes, in spite of succeeding some very tricky shots just like the top ATP players in Grand Slams. I am a very good amateur table tennis player and some shots work just like in table tennis but others… oh, not at all. Grip is sooo important, go figure! I never thought about that. I was holding the tennis racquet just like the ping-pong bat and tried too many from up to down kill shots that went in the bottom of the net. That doesn't work like in ping-pong! 🙂
    But understanding spin better than some helps me a lot, though. I understand, succeed and love the slice serve, for example. Also, the slice forehand Monica Niculescu style make my opponents go crazy, when the strings are new. Not so much after a few hours. Tennis strings go bad so quickly, they need to be replaced too often to maintain heavy spin! Expensive sport for the average Eastern European…

  27. I came here to comment on your annoying 1+ minute video ad that I was required to view in its entirety when trying to watch tennis videos. My comment? It's very annoying that I have to watch your whole ad video.

  28. Great video. I've been playing tennis for 17 years and coaching for 7, and this will assist me in being a better coach.

  29. Amazing one, i love it! for a wide elaboration i have cover it in my HOW TO GRIP A TENNIS RACKET PROPERLY article

  30. semi western is best! allows you to flatten out a shot if you need to, and hit heavy top spin if you have strong enough hands, which most experienced players will have anyway.

  31. Thanks mate for the best video I have ever seen on grips. You have made it so much easier to understand different types of tennis grips.

  32. Why would you number the left hand in a double-handed backhand? It's just there for support.
    Also, all grips are useful. It really depends on what type of swing you want to make.

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