Play Tennis like a Professional!

How to hold the tennis racquet

It is surprising the number of recognised ways you can grip a tennis racquet. This table shows the types of grip and what shot they are used for, advanced players will adjust their grip to hit the perfect shot whether its serving, volleying, hitting ground strokes, or slicing.

Type of gripThe basic forehand grip is known as the Eastern grip, it is otherwise called the ‘shake hands grip’ because you hold the racquet as if you are about to shake hands with someone…



How you stand is one of the key factors that contribute to the perfect shot in tennis. You need to be able to position yourself to hit the ball correctly and earn the point. By improving your footwork you give yourself a better chance of not only hitting the ball but doing so with good execution. The earlier you get to the ball = the more time you have to choose how to hit the ball (crosscourt, down the line, backhand, forehand, deep or short). Incorporate speed drills and footwork patterns into training sessions that will give you the edge when it comes to footwork.


Roger Federer has, arguably, one of the best forehand strokes to date. He is not especially strong so its clear that muscle power is not behind the success of his swing. His technique, however, is flawless and allows him to produce the tennis he is reknowned for. To initiate his stroke he uses a ‘unit turn’ and turns his shoulders sideways. By rotating his body it means he is creating angular momentum to create more power and topspin. The angle of your swing should be from low to high and you should be transferring your weight in a forward and upward direction.

 Backhand swing

What is important to remember about the backhand swing is that the body should initiate the motion, leaving the hands and racquet to do minimal work. You should aim to fully extend the arm and racquet so that on contact with the ball you will get a clean fluid shot.