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Grip Pressure Lesson - Tennis Instruction - Forehand Backhand Volley Serve

http://www.essentialtennis What’s the correct thing to do after having your grip slip in your hand while hitting a shot? Tip: DON’T squeeze more tightly on t…

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  • allboutthemojo 4 years ago

    Ian, I like your video’s but i disagree with this view point completely.
    The Grip has to be firm ( not a death grip but it has to be firm and not
    lose). Here’s why i think so.
    1. No pro is going to hit the center of the sweet spot all the time, infact
    i have seen them hit off center quite often ( as you pointed out with
    Roger). So the answer, specially for Rec players is not to tell them to hit
    center everytime (Impossible for them to do)
    2. Look at the difference in forearms for the top pros between their
    playing hand and non playing hand. This doesn’t happen just by hitting tens
    of thousands of shots with a lose grip.
    3. The trick and probably the hardest part about learning to hit for most
    recs is that the wrist has to be lose in order to generate that racket head
    speed but the grip on the racket still has to be firm.
    4. Take Rafa as an example. If you look at his slow mo videos for his
    forehand. He hits outside of the sweet spot a lot. Infact its rarely ever
    the sweet spot on those ripping forehand top spin shots, its towards what
    we would call the 3 oclock or Right of the sweet spot. If he held it lose,
    the ball would go nowhere. The wrist however is lose.
    5. People should be taught to generate torque from their swing and then to
    allow that torque transfer from lose wrist to racket. That is where the
    bottle neck is for 99 percent of the people playing Rec tennis.
    6. Another point that i missed. One for me that is amount the most
    important. Rec players should notice that the pros never play with used
    overgrips. They are new everytime and there’s very very good reason for
    that. It helps you not death gripping in order to keep the racket head
    stable. I see Rec’s with overgrips that haven’t been changed in decades (
    all the time). Its only a couple of bucks but its a game changer! Do it! Do
    it!

  • Dmytro Savytsky 4 years ago

    Thank you. This is exactly what I was wondering about for the last 2 weeks.

  • Sishir Jayanthi 4 years ago

    Can you do a video on how to get power on your serve thnxs :)

  • Phillip D'Orazio 4 years ago

    Ian on a scale from 1(loose) to 10 (death grip) scale how tight should you
    be holding a grip on forehand and backhand shots. I’ve heard various
    things. I hold it tight and it’s affecting my health (arm pain) and form.

  • bowen john 4 years ago

    Very helpful

  • David Shon 4 years ago

    Ian, what are the advantages to standing like Nishikori when returning a
    serve to the traditional way of standing? I know that there’s always a
    split step before you hit the return, but why do some players stand like
    the way Nishikori does when returning? 

  • ShuXiong Bao 4 years ago

    Another myth debunked. Thx

  • Kathy McWaters 4 years ago

    Hi Ian, Thanks for the great explanation about why the racket might twist
    in my hand. You definitely made sense to me. I have arthritis in my hands
    and cannot hold the racket with a tight grip. A friend of mine showed me
    how he could hit really good shots and only hold the racket with two
    fingers. Sometimes my racket drops out of my hand but now I know that I
    have to get better at hitting the ball in the middle of the racket strings.
    Thanks again!

  • Simple Modern Tennis 4 years ago

    Yup, the pros nowadays on their ground strokes and serves have a very loose
    grip nowadays. I like the analogy where you should be holding the racket as
    if you were holding bird gently enough that it can’t escape and yet you’re
    not choking it or applying pressure to it.

    Squeezing the racket tight may seem to work but it reduces your potential
    shot making significantly on serves and ground strokes.

  • Pinna Calada 4 years ago

    Hey Ian I notice you made videos on roger and nadal’s grip. could you make
    videos on djokovic and nadal’s backhand because they have great bh.

  • Say0n 4 years ago

    thank you very much!

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  • James100707 4 years ago

    Thanks

  • Plamen Georgiev 4 years ago

    Hey man. As you said more than 20 times in all your videos I have watched,
    what we “should do” according your tennis bible, I will tell you just once,
    and take my advice for real – stop being a tennis bookworm (knowledge is
    important, but the application of it is more important), who is
    “theoretically” a good player and recording yourself playing tennis with a
    machine (yes, we all see you play tennis – with a machine, but not human
    beings), and get on the court and prove yourself as a player. And let me
    tell you that statement from my book of tennis – Tennis is like picking up
    a fight and showing some balls; There are no rules but instincts. The least
    sense you are using is the most common one. All a real tennis player is
    looking for is opportunities to take his opponent down, and score. How he
    does it, is a consideration held in a momentum of his mind. Call it an
    idea. Everyone has style, and many players all over the world doesn’t use
    lessons to learn, and naturally are amazing players with greater styles
    than anyone, so stop preaching and leave people to have time to go on the
    court and challenge someone strong and become one themselves, instead of
    sitting at home watching all sort of videos like yours and loose time, just
    like I have done by giving u my only lesson in life – Bump your head in to
    the wall. Try playing against 100kg lean muscle tennis players with 188km
    shot and see how your eyes will match the flow point with your racket’s
    sweet spot. What you are asking those people to become by just watching
    your video is to become pro in every of their shots, and follow the ball in
    to the sweet spot of their racket. Well Ian, we don’t play with machines
    with adjustable shots so we can expect them, we find thrill in the
    unexpected by facing stronger and stronger opponents. Stay with youtube, it
    seems to be enough for you. Whoever read this, I encourage you to go out on
    the court and find out for yourself what tennis is about. Good day fellows!

  • William Baez 4 years ago

    i knew this video was crap when he said roger mis hits balls. lol! jk very
    helpful video XD

  • Ronald Aramaki 4 years ago

    Hi Ian. I read the replies to your video instruction about grip pressure.
    Lots of interesting comments, but a fitting analogy, since we’re talking
    about grip pressure, is that most people are mistaking the finger pointing
    at the moon for the moon itself. Another way to come at the grip problem
    might be to identify a tight grip as the source of tension in the whole
    kinetic chain: Tight grip tenses the shoulder and arm muscles that reduce
    power, make the arm push the racquet, create a small window of contact, and
    result in the Tin Man follow through you see on the courts all the time.
    I’m one of them!
    Tennis instruction can learn a lot from the bio-mechanical analysis in
    golf. Decades ago, golf talked about the pencil grip: The solution to a
    death grip on a club was to hold a pencil in the fingers and swing without
    breaking it. Focusing on a relaxed vs. loose or tight grip allowed the
    kinetic chain to coil and uncoil naturally for a more powerful shot.
    When I relax my grip, good things happen: My preparation is more relaxed,
    my swing more fluid, the strings are more square to the ball, and I return
    my partner’s shot who hits it a ton. Much to his surprise.
    Thanks for your videos, Ian.

  • dodododa 4 years ago

    Actually you need to firm your grip/wrist at impact on the volley or you
    have no chance at sticking the volley off a fast shot. No offence, but what
    level of tennis do you actually play?

  • Rajeev Prv 4 years ago

    Hi Ian, thanks for the lesson and I agree with you about the twisting of
    the racket in hand because of the loose grip. But how do we get to middle
    the ball every-time, is there a technique for that or it’s all pure
    practice?

  • Joel Hamm 4 years ago

    By the way, i am not talking about a “death grip” here, but a firm one.
    Peter Burwash fundamental: firm but flexible, as if holding a bird without
    hurting it.

  • Gill V 4 years ago

    I keep my eyes on the ball and watch it hit the hit the center of the
    racket with a loose grip. If relax and stop watching the ball then my miss
    hits return.

  • Phillip D'Orazio 4 years ago

    Thank you Ian, great info and great videos!!!

  • Bennett Bartlett 4 years ago

    Question: Watching Federer warm up, he seems to have a slapping motion
    (for lack of better description) on his forehand. I need to have a firm
    grip as I swing through contact on my forehand side, so how does he do that
    and maintain control?

  • Sai Baruri 4 years ago

    Can you do a video on what mindset to have when you go into a match or
    tournament. Thanks 

  • Vernon Gibson 4 years ago

    What’s your take on string dampeners? My local pro here despises them and
    wants us to play without. I see you are not using one as well. He says it
    suppresses feedback, something we need to correct hitting off center and
    especially when serving to get the feel of putting spin on the ball. I’ll
    throw mine away but grudgingly, as I hate the “zing” sound when I am not
    using one.

  • a3mr834 4 years ago

    Can you make a video on the buggy whip forehand, and how to make sure you
    don’t injure yourself while doing it ?