Tennis Grips


In this video we cover all the grips used in tennis.

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  1. Ted
    May 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm · Reply

    Thank you so much for these videos they are informative and your explanations are clear and concise. I use an eastern forehand grip and don’t make an adjustment to my grip when I hit a low ball in zone 1 or a high ball in zone 4. Is this something that I should try?

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 16, 2018 at 11:50 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Ted!

  2. Natalia
    February 17, 2017 at 2:04 am · Reply

    Finally I got understanding when to use different grips. Thank you very much, I ALWAYS learn something new watching your videos.
    Once again, thank you.

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm · Reply

      Thanks Natalia

  3. Sharron Lindo
    July 18, 2016 at 11:51 pm · Reply

    Thank you very much. This helps my beginners tremendously. Do I keep the same format for left handed children? I’ll get some white tape so they can practice.

  4. Manita
    July 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm · Reply

    Great clear explanations of different grips and when to use them, also really liked the different height zones vs grips. Great as always. Thanks

  5. Jane Gens
    July 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm · Reply

    A great instructor is able to explain or show the same thing in many different ways to reach all of his or her students. You are this person. Thanks so much for creating and sharing this video. I have learned much from you over the years and am thankful I catch these every time they are presented to me. Looking forward to the next one!

  6. Martin Black
    July 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm · Reply

    Very good video. I really like your use of the pencil, it makes it much easier to convey the position. Thanks!

  7. Diana
    July 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm · Reply

    Thanks! This really helps when teaching the younger kids or beginner teen/adult player. I like the pencil as a visual, especially for my younger tennis students.

  8. Laura James
    July 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm · Reply

    I really enjoyed this clip! Thank you for sharing these short videos. While I know many players who would benefit from this visual demonstration – I have one particular player in mind who I can’t wait to sit down with and watch this clip together. She has been really struggling with grip changes, and I think this will help reinforce what we’ve been talking about on court. Many, many thanks.

  9. Gary Leech
    July 12, 2016 at 5:47 am · Reply

    Great explanation of Grips,
    Exactly how we show our students how to hold the racquet correctly for all tennis shots.

  10. Tyler Farrell
    July 12, 2016 at 12:33 am · Reply

    Super Informative Video!!! This is a perfect explanation for all levels of players. Very Well Done!!!

  11. Dave Smith
    July 11, 2016 at 9:45 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge, a great video – simple and easy to understand presentation and explanation of grips, especially the relevance of grip and strike zone .

  12. Pattu pillai
    July 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    It’s a great video of different grips, that most club level should watch and follow.

    I have been teaching these grips for a long time.
    I teach on the 2 handed backhand, for a right handed player, the left hand on the eastern r semi, if they are comfortable for more spin, is that acceptable? like u r thoughts.

    My serve, for kick I used to use between bevel 1 to 8, at times for more spin in the old days, I don’t use it anymore, just continental for all serves now.
    Just wondering if people still use that grip!

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm · Reply

      I think that many players use a variation of all these grips I have demonstrated. As long as they do not vary far from the standard I believe it is OK.

  13. Sami O'Reilly
    July 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Reply

    Really nice job explaining grips! I will definitely use this info coaching my HS girls team!

  14. Walt
    July 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm · Reply

    Very good presentation; much needed. Not sure why you use the numbers 6, 7, and 8. Why not use 2, 3, and 4 on both sides helping many of our lefty players understand. We could take the very few Gustavo Kuerten type players with the -2, -2 (or 6, 6) backhand grips into a separate room to explain. Otherwise I have to separate the lefties from the righties, as chaos ensues when 6, 7, and 8 are mentioned in a combined group.

  15. Karen Ronney
    July 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge!
    This is great info. Love the pencil idea. You really do an outstanding job with your videos. I enjoy them.

    Thanks again
    Karen Ronney

  16. John Reopelle
    July 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm · Reply

    Great information, just what I needed for my high school girls who are just starting out. I wish someone would have told me about grips 40 years ago, my learning curve would have been much shorter.


    John Reopelle

  17. faith mason
    July 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm · Reply

    Thanks J,

    I found the tutorial was informative and easy to understand. Question, when coaching U8 or even U10 players who are beginners, when do you introduce the grips? Often I focus on hand eye coordination, send and receiving skills and their body’s spacial relationship to the ball. In the past, I would physically place their hands on the grip where I wanted it and sort of avoided giving the grip a name. I would just say this is your forehand grip (which was semi western) or this is your serve grip (continental) etc. Whats your advice?

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm · Reply

      Faith.. I like to call the grips Thumb side up (for FH) and Knuckle side up (for BH) this is what has worked bets with our new young players.

  18. Vern Baardson
    July 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,
    Good summary on the grips.
    Vern Baardson
    West Fargo ND

  19. John Ma
    July 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm · Reply

    I would appreciate a video showing which part of the ball should we contact (using a similar diagram of a clock )for different strokes.

  20. Bob Cause
    July 11, 2016 at 1:23 pm · Reply

    Good description of WHEN and WHY you use the different grips. So many of the grip instructions leave out the WHEN & WHY.

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