How to Master Continental Grip


Master Professional Jorge Capestany shows you how to master the continental grip in tennis.

Project Details

  • Date October 9, 2018
  • Tags Net Play

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  1. Gene Hosford
    October 23, 2018 at 4:55 pm · Reply

    I teach at a local parks/recreation facility (many beginners and youngsters) and volunteer as coach for the local high school team. I use something very similar in my warm up routine:
    1. Dribble up f/h & b/h w/o spin 2. Dribble down f/h 3. Pancakes (alternating f/h, b/h) 4 Talladega-we’re located just a few miles from the track-rolling the ball around the perimeter of the frame 5. Soft catch (player drops the ball from shoulder height then catches it on the racquet w/o a bounce 6. Then I add spin to Dribble up as you have done.
    This usually takes a longer time to master than the previous drills, so I assign it as homework.

    I have found that the players who practice at home progress much faster than those who don’t (unbelievable, isn’t it?)
    As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this drill. Keep up the good work!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gene

  2. Sam
    October 14, 2018 at 5:09 am · Reply

    Great insight.
    Skipping the ball on the racket with the continental grip – Are you moving the racket tightly with your grip/wrist or loosely such that the racket is wiggling horizontally in your palm. Old dogs and new tricks are almost incompatible!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm · Reply

      I do it and recommend to do it with a LOOSE grip.

  3. Bev
    October 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm · Reply

    Just finished my coaching season but will remember this for next year! Thank you!!

  4. Mila
    October 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm · Reply

    Love the progression! Thank you!

  5. yogeshwar sanap
    October 11, 2018 at 6:39 am · Reply

    hello jorge
    definitely wonderful exercise.
    will implement for daughter

  6. Fred Pfuhl
    October 11, 2018 at 3:08 am · Reply

    It always the simple ideas that can have a big impact with the students. Thank you Jorge

  7. Dean
    October 11, 2018 at 12:14 am · Reply

    I like it. It ‘s always good to have another tool.

  8. Frank Sacks USPTA/PTR
    October 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm · Reply


    As usual, this is excellent stuff. I especially like creating spin with the backhand/palm down motion because I had not thought of it. I think one of the keys to utilizing underspin on returns and groundstrokes is hitting with enough forward racket motion rather than downward because the the racket height is already considered to be above the height of the oncoming ball. Thank you very much!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm · Reply

      You are welcome Frank.

  9. Alan Richter USPTA/PTR
    October 10, 2018 at 7:21 pm · Reply

    GREAT primer for learning the continental!!

  10. Vassilis Skeberis
    October 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm · Reply


  11. Dottie Wiencek
    October 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm · Reply

    Great exercise. Thank you.

  12. Ron Atkinson
    October 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm · Reply

    I have like many coaches have had trouble teaching the continental grip with some students.
    Looking forward to trying this idea.Thanks for the help,always great value.

  13. Coach Sean
    October 10, 2018 at 5:18 pm · Reply

    I like the idea of chocking up the grip to make it easier. I have them doing the following progressions that works really well.

    They hold the racquet like as if they are hammering a nail and they have to hit the cone dead on so it doesn’t fall. Once they get that. I introduce slowly that they have to toss a and then hit it square on and then catch the ball. If they don’t have the proper grip, the balls tend to go flying. After a few more progressions we play a game called chop sticks. You bounce around your ball like a hammer while trying to knock away other player’s balls while maintaining control of your ball. It’s a lot of fun. Tons of games depending on their skill level,

    Another fun game ender we do is we have people in a line in the doubles line. Someone has to try to navigate a ball inside the doubles while avoiding the bouncing balls from the other players.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm · Reply

      Thanks coach Sean

  14. Darren Willmot
    October 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge will try it with my students tomorrow will let you know how it went.Thanks again .
    Regards Darren Willmot

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm · Reply

      awesome, I hope it works well

  15. Mark Allen Moran
    October 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm · Reply

    Great stuff Later on we’ll use the chop motion for starting the spin serve. It’s the “skipping stones” drill.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mark

  16. ted
    October 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm · Reply

    my daughter keeps hitting the ball in the net,is she not following through on her groundies ?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm · Reply

      It could be several things, the one thing for sure is that at her point of contact, her racket face angle to pointing too low… One possible thing that might help is to have her aim much higher over the net.

  17. Ed Newmeyer
    October 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm · Reply

    Great drill for my high school girls’ team to introduce the continental grip concept. At the high school level do you recommend having the players choke up on their racquet handles as they begin to learn the movements or was that only for teaching this to children? Thanks so much.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      Yes, it helps a lot to choke up especially when they first try the drill.

  18. Ernie
    October 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm · Reply

    Always great!!

  19. Rick
    October 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm · Reply

    Great little teaching method for the grip especially showing them the spin on the ball

  20. Bill Phillips
    October 9, 2018 at 9:03 pm · Reply

    Always good stuff, Jorge

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      Thanks Bill

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