Did you ever notice how some players can hit with a slippery tennis racket and others end up making too many unforced errors when they play with the same type of racket?
Problems Caused By Slippery Rackets:
When your tennis racket slips so much that you have to overcompensate with the movement of your arm, shoulder, or wrist, it can cause the following:
Tennis elbow (Lateral or Medial Epicondylitis)
Inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the bone on the outside or inside of the elbow.
Inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bone of the shoulder blade (Medial or Lateral Epicondylitis).
Tennis forearm, which is inflammation of the muscle that attaches to the bone on the inside of the elbow (Medial Epicondylitis).
Forearm muscle pulls
The muscle that attaches to the bone on the inside of the elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) can also be pulled or torn when you use excessive force in your strokes.
How Hard Should You Hold The Racket?
If you are a recreational player, try to hold the racket as hard as possible without jarring your arm or wrist too much.
You can fine-tune it by going to a less gripping tension when you play against easier opponents and tightening it up against tougher ones.
If you are an intermediate player who has now begun hitting the ball hard, your racket will slip in your hand much easier than it would for a recreational player.
You need to grip the racket as hard as you can without jarring your arm or wrist too much. You can fine-tune it by going to an even tighter grip when you play against harder opponents.
If you are a professional player, the racket might slip out of your hand on fast shots so much that you won’t even need to grip it tightly.
You should stand with your feet close together and hold the racket in a backhand grip almost in your palm and keep your fingers and thumb relaxed.
How To Stop Your Tennis Racket From Slipping?
Get a fresh new grip or overgrip:
Overgrips or replacement grips help to give you a better grip on your racket.
Help absorb the perspiration from your wrist so it does not run down your arm and dampen the grip of your palm.
If you use overgrips, make sure they are always fresh and not rolled up since they can cause blisters on your hand.
If the grip is twisted, the pattern will be facing inwards instead of outwards and it can make it even harder for you to hold on to the racket.
Wristbands help keep your sweat off of your grip so it doesn’t slip through your fingers. It will also absorb your sweat so you have a better hold of the racket.
Keep using wristbands consistently so you get used to the feeling and it becomes second nature to you.
Consume salty foods:
Eat more salty foods than usual if you are having problems with your racket slipping in your hand.
If you don’t like to eat salty foods, try taking salt tablets before your match and see if it helps.
Use a dry towel:
Dry your hand completely before gripping the racket. If you are playing in humid conditions, towel off your arm and wrist after every break between points.
When you are done playing, your palm might still be sweaty so keep a dry towel with you to wipe it off after each game.
Use a different racket:
Switching to another racket with the same grip size can also help. Rackets come in different shapes and sizes so it will be easier for you to hold onto one than another.
If both of your rackets are slipping, you might need to change up your string tension or keep varying your tension according to your opponents.
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