Understanding Grip Tension in Tennis


Understanding the proper grip tension to use in tennis.

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  1. Gary Orpana
    January 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm · Reply

    Hey Jorge,
    View your videos. Everyones swing speed appears to be associated with their grip strenght. Harder their holding, harder their swinging.

  2. Sam
    September 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm · Reply

    This is a very informative video about a seldom but important topic. I do have a question. Can you derive any tactical or strategic advantage if you notice that your opponent has an excessively tight grip. In other words, is there anything I can do to take advantage of an opponent who has a tight grip? I look forward to your insight on this. Thank you.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm · Reply

      Hi Sam, The only thing I can think of is the longer the match goes the more tight and sore the opponents arm might become. Other than that, I do not see any other ways to take advantage of it.

  3. John Masuga
    August 27, 2016 at 1:22 am · Reply

    Boy what perfect timing! Playing earlier today I attempted to loosen my grip, lead with the wrist with a good follow through. What a difference it was making, fluid as you say with good height over the net and deep in the court. Even on picking up the ball on a short hop it worked so well it surprised me. Great instructional videos, thanks Jorge.

  4. Larry Weidman
    August 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm · Reply

    As always, great instruction. This confirms what I teach my students regarding grip tension. Thanks!!!

  5. StuartL
    August 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm · Reply


    You’re doing a great job – keep it up

  6. Gordon
    August 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,
    I have found over many years of coaching that players learning the game, often grip too tight because they are concentrating on the aspects of technique I am working with them. They loosen up as they gain proficiency. Your approach to grip tension with 5 degrees of tension is a very useful tool for our toolkit.I will be sharing this video with some of my players who will benefit. Thank you- I look forward to meeting you one day. All the best, Gordon.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gordon and good luck with your students.

  7. harlan
    August 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm · Reply

    Hey Jorge,

    Another great video, and guess what? I have “golfer’s” elbow, which I attribute to too firm (death grip) a grip. I am going through the process of healing, and will certainly be more conscious of lightening up, if and when I am ready to return to playing tennis. Thanks again for all you do!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm · Reply

      I hope you get better soon Harlan

  8. Bala
    August 26, 2016 at 3:46 pm · Reply

    Thanks. I am a “gripper” and will definitely try lossening up next time I play. It made sense to me.

  9. Daniel
    August 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm · Reply

    Thank you, has been very helpful every video, either to improve or to confirm a good or bad technique, etc. This video especially helped me to understand several mistakes I was making.

  10. Beverly Schweizer
    August 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm · Reply

    thank you for your grip tension video. I discovered that I am holding my tennis racket way to hard. I will put your lesson to practice.

  11. Terry
    August 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm · Reply

    This video was helpful to me. Thank you.

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