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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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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
Thank you. This is exactly what I was wondering about for the last 2 weeks.
Can you do a video on how to get power on your serve thnxs :)
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.
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?
Another myth debunked. Thx
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.
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.
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.
thank you very much!
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!
i knew this video was crap when he said roger mis hits balls. lol! jk very
helpful video XD
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.
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?
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
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
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
Thank you Ian, great info and great videos!!!
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?
Can you do a video on what mindset to have when you go into a match or
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
Can you make a video on the buggy whip forehand, and how to make sure you
don’t injure yourself while doing it ?
can you comment on the left elbow pulling the shoulders down from the
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Man, this is so good. I am a very beginner. When I watched lot other videos
Some excellent points...liked the birds in background. Hope you do a kick
Thank you for your thoroughness. Making tennis fun again.
I wanna see your serve
GREAT SET OF TIPS AND NICE GOING THROUGH EACH STEP WITH DETAILS
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