Tennis: Comfortable New Grip

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DESCRIPTION

Player inserts a pen between the hand and the racquet's grip. Player imitates forehand without changing a grip.

In this exercise, the pen is a valuable tool that will do all the work for the coach. Every time the player tries to change the grip to the old one, they will feel it because of the pen. After imitating, the coach should toss or feed balls to challenge players at the early stages of grip's change.

COACHING POINTS

Changing a grip is a complex process that can transform an average forehand into real weapon or can make a player refuse to play tennis anymore. It is important to get a new grip if the old one prevents them from playing up to the their potential.

For forehand stroke, the coach should emphasize eastern or semi-western grip because these grips allow maintaining the best balance between the power and the spin's production.

Continental and western grips have many disadvantages for groundstrokes so coaches can consider changes in this situation. Many athletes don't realise when they come back to the old habits so coaches have to know techniques to make players aware of their mistakes.

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