Hi everyone. It’s Markus from “All about Tennis”. In todays video, I want to show you how to hold the racket correctly for all kind of strokes. I will explain this for every stroke that are available in tennis. In the beginning the grip position is the most important thing to learn because only with a good grip position it’s possible to play a clean technique at all. You can remember them easily with the following trick. The racket handle has different surfaces. There are eight surfaces in total and putting this bone below the right index finger to the
different surfaces of the handle will help you. I highlighted my handle with different colours. On top is blue, the angled surface pointing to the upper right is green and down here is red. Now, I’m holding the racket in front of me like this. The surface of my racket is vertical. First I show you the continental grip. I practically grap the racket so that the bone below my right index finger is on this angled surface, the green surface pointing to the upper right. When holding the racket it’s like a hammer. A bit like I would want to hit a nail with the frame. When taking the racket like this, I cannot only feel the bone of my finger on this surface, but I can also check it
from the outside and see that the bone under my index finger is right above this surface. You have to be careful. Even when placing this bone there, it’s still possible to hold the racket unfavourably, for example if I take it like this. What I’m showing here is like placing all my finger bones almost perpendicular to my handle. And that’s not good. The finger bones are not totally parallel to the handle of the racket just almost parallel My index finger bone is on this surface, the others go a bit further down. This is the continental grip. And with this grip I play a lot of strokes, in fact all strokes, except the forehand and the backhand
topspin. That means I play forehand and backhand stop, forehand and backhand slice forehand and backhand volleys with this grip. I also perform all my serves with this grip. I do the first serve, kick serve, slice serve, forehand, backhand, overhead smash, everything with this continental grip, some people say middle grip or hammer grip, they’re all fine. Let’s move on to the next grip, the forehand topspin grip, also known as semi-western grip. It’s perfect for a forehand topspin. When placing my racket in front of me again, then I got down right here, at the angled surface pointing right to the ground, there on this surface I have to put this bone below my index
finger again. By doing this, I got the semi-western grip. When I turn my racket now, you can see that my fingers end approximately at the frontal upper edge, that’s how I like to explain it as well. And that would be the forehand topspin grip. This grip is only made for the forehand topspin. I can see again, that the bone is on this surface, when looking at it from the outside. Here you can make the same mistake by holding the bones too inclined. Relatively strong, a bit like this. Now the index finger points relatively strong to the front, All the bones are almost vertically to the handle. That wouldn’t be so good. That’s not a good grip. Better to place the bones parallel to the handle, not completely, but almost. Similar to the continental grip. That would be the forehand topspin grip. Let’s talk about the one-handed backhand topspin grip. I put the bone below my index finger on the upper surface again. I highlighted it in blue. The other finger bones are slightly in front of it. The other finger bones are almost parallel again. And that would be the backhand topspin grip. Concerning the two-handed topspin, I haven’t made a video yet. However, I will show you the grip in this video. A video with the two-handed topspin is in the pipeline. For a two-handed topspin the left hand is more important for me as a right-hander because the stroke is performed
with the left hand. Here, I highlighted the angled surface in black. It shows down to the left. Of course, I now take the grip with the bone below my left index finger. In the same way I would play a forehand with my left. That’s exactly how to hold the racket with the left hand. With my right hand, I hold the racket up here, you can make the continental grip with the right hand, and with your left practically a forehand topspin grip, a semi-western grip. I suggest to beginners to grip around a bit more.
In the direction of a one-handed backhand topspin grip. And to place the right hand between a continental and a backhand topspin grip. Somewhere between.
That means, that this bone is relatively close to this edge.
Between green and blue. With the left hand it is the forehand topspin grip. That would be perfect for a two-handed backhand topspin. I hope you enjoyed this video. See you next time.