Getting a Grip on Tennis Grips

Grips are a tricky but essential aspect of tennis and, to a lesser extent, pickleball. 

The proper grip adds depth and consistency to your game. 

Learning grips is different for everyone. Some players get it relatively quickly; others have to hammer them before they get it. 

Emma Doyle talks about how she uses one training aid to learn multiple grips. 

The following is a transcript of part 2 of Game Changers 5. 


My next favorite tool, right here, is the Start Rite Grip Trainer

I don’t go anywhere without these. I have, I have them all in, like each of my racket bags, because it comes in packs of 10. Highly recommend the pack of 10.

The best way that I use it is if we hold the racket vertically to the ground. This is bevel one, bevel two, bevel three. So the side, the side of the racket, I always pop it on bevel three. 

And depending on the size of your hand, this is perfect for my hand. 

And what it now produces there is just a beautiful continental grip. We’ve got the space between the index finger and the middle finger there, which is what you need to be able to control, for example, the volleys to turn the racket face on the serve, for example. 

So, this is awesome. Holding my hand in place, my hand can’t move. 

And again, notice how relaxed the grip tension is.

So, if I left it in bevel three, this would really encourage it; you can see there is a nice semi-Western grip. 

So, if I wanted to practice the Eastern Grip, I would move this training aid to bevel two. 

I love that one because it can be used to teach any grip, depending on what you need. 

It takes hundreds of hours for most players to learn a grip. Emma has shown us that it doesn’t need to be that way. 

With the Start Rite Grip Trainer you can accelerate learning, developing a mastery for several different grips in a tenth of the time it would normally take. 

Watch the rest of Game Changers 5 with Emma Doyle by clicking here