Tennis 101: How to Grip a Forehand

In order to execute a successful forehand, you’ll first need to learn how to properly grip your racquet.

November 22, 2016

If you’re a tennis beginner, one of the first things you should learn is how to hold your racquet. Specifically, how to grip a forehand. A forehand is one of the most common shots in tennis, so you’ll want to perfect this grip before you attempt to hit any shots.

To properly grip for a forehand, you must first understand the build of a tennis racquet. The racquet’s grip is not circular but instead shaped like an octagon. It is developed this way to help you find the right grip for your shot.

As you prepare to hit a forehand, place your hand directly on top of the grip. You will then need to turn it one notch to the right. This movement will put your hand in the correct position as you prepare to swing robustly.

Building a foundation of knowledge and skill is important to any sport. Once you’ve aced the forehand grip, you’re ready to hone in on and further develop your technique on the court.