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Here's some posts off the Internet news group describing how to grip the racquet handle

Subject:  Re: Getting a grip
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 18:56:33 GMT
From: "Paul Reynolds"

Hi Kathy,

I agree, it's easy to make the grip issue a complicated conversation.
Here's how I cover it; I first make very clear that a proper and
consistent grip are extremely important. Without a consistent grip the
student will never know where the racquet "is" and will have serious control
issues. This can cause great frustration and increase the chances of the
student quitting the game. Also at this point make sure the student has the
proper grip size on their racquet, a 1/4 inch or so of space between fingers
and palm. This is particularly important for women players who are often
sold racquets with too large of grips by uneducated or Tennis educated store

The student should create a V with thumb and forefinger when griping the
racquet not unlike a hand shake. Have the student reach out to shake your
hand with their empty racquet hand, then place their racquet in their hand
and have them lightly grasp it. My main point to them is that they should
feel as though they are shaking hands with the racquet, not gripping the
racquet like a club or baseball bat. I then show the student the improper
grip using myself and show them how my "club" grip creates a round hand
shape not a V. The V formed by the hand on the forehand grip is roughly in
a 1 o'clock position, from the students prospective. The back hand V is near
the 11 o'clock position, again from the students prospective.

I also cover the two very common mistakes at this time to head off
potential problems. One is placing their forefinger up the grip pointing
toward the racquet face on the forehand stroke, impeding proper wrist snap.
On the backhand stroke look for and talk about placing the thumb on the
handle as though pushing a button, again impeding proper wrist snap and
causing a pushing stroke.

That is my basic presentation. I would highly suggest you contact Gary
Mazaroff at AmPRO and pick up a new manual, this is an
invaluable tool. Best of luck.

Paul Reynolds
AmPRO Professional Instructor
Wilson Elite Staff
U.S.R.S.A. Stringer
PRO Sports Club
Bellevue, WA


From Ed Arias

Just a quick description on the "o'clock" definitions I used. Hold the
racquet normally as if you're shaking look at your thumb and
index finger...they form a "V". Now hopefully the racquet face is somewhat
parallel to the sidewall...look at the butt of the handle and treat it as a
clock. The top...more or less where the "V" 12 o'clock. Now on
your pretend clock...see where 10:30 should be and move the handle in your
hand so that the "V" of your thumb and index finger now "point" to 10:30.

This is a backhand grip...if you swing with a somewhat regular motion...this
grip should make it so the racquet face is again parallel with the sidewall
when you hit a backhand shot. If you don't change the grip from
froehand-to-backhand, the racquet face will be slightly tilted "backwards"
when you hit a backhand and you will either hit the ball with an "underspin"
(like tennis) or you will have to torque your wrist to hit the ball flat.