Tennis – How to Grip a Racket

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tennis professional Doug Kegerreis demonstrates how to grip your racket correctly.

    Doug Kegerreis

    Doug is the President of CIT. With 25 years of professional tennis teaching and management skills to his credit, Doug is the consummate tennis expert. In addition to his duties with CIT, he is a physical education specialist at Oakton Elementary School, and fitness director of the 4-Star Jr. Tennis Academy in Merrifield. "CIT has at its core a commitment to develop players who will continue to play tennis." Doug said. "With first-timers we emphasize fun. We've learned that when they have fun, they keep coming back and stay in the game." Doug has earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of West Virginia. He is a current member of the USPTA and certified through its professional standards. He has had several articles printed in USPTA publications. The Mid-Atlantic Professional Tennis Association awarded Doug the honor of Greater Washington Professional of the Year in 1994, and just recently awarded him High School Coach of the Year in 2005. International Country Club, Fairfax Racquet Club, Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago, and Sea Pines Racquet Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, all have had the pleasure of Doug's tennis expertise.

    Doug Kegerreis: Hi! I am Doug Kegerreis, President of Chantilly International Tennis, and today you are learning how to play tennis.

    We are now talking about the essentials of the forehand and backhand, and in this clip, we are going to talk about grips.

    I am often asked what grips do I use. What is the perfect grip? And the answer is, there is no perfect grip. In fact, I do not even teach grips that much. I teach different tennis learning activities, and I watch the result, and if I have to tinker with the grip, I do.

    What I do with grips is I usually give my students a target. I ask them to point their strengths to the target and I let them grip the racquet however they want to in order to point their strengths to the target. If it works, that's great, that's one last thing they have to thing about. If they are having a hard time getting their strengths point to the target, I might tinker with the grip.

    Generally, the conventional thinking with grips is that the palm of your hand is behind the racquet grip as you are swinging forward, and on the backhand, regardless of whether use one or two hands, the palm of your hand is pretty much on top of the grip or on top of the racquet as you are swinging forward.

    There are lots of different modifications that's the general thinking. You find a grip that's comfortable for you and you stick with it.

    Next, we will move on to our next essential for the forehand and backhand, and that is controlling your swing speed.