How to force myself to correct my grip?
Published: 19 Apr 2016 - 18:18 by sirdavy
Updated: 04 Aug 2016 - 09:14
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I've played for years holding my racquet like a chopper but now I've started having some lessons and my coach is trying to get me to alter my grip to a more orthodox open face. I can see the benefits in control but I'm finding it hard to maintain the grip. Firstly, I slip into old habits when I need power and 'unconciously' revert to a chopper grip and hammer the ball with the racquet's face parallel to the front wall, heel of my palm behind the grip. Secondly, the rectangular cross section of a squash racquet seems to encourage holding it like a chopper and when my hand gets sweaty my grip slips back to my old ways. One person recently recommended holding the racquet higher up the handle (choking it) for a while as this prevents it twisting and would get me into a good habit. Does anyone else have any tips like this?
Aside from persistance and drills, is there anything I can do to encourage myself to play with an open grip? Is there a way to over-grip a racquet handle so that it forces the racquet to be open-faced in your hand? (Is there a way to realign the actual handle so the rectangular cross section is twisted through 8 degrees or so?!) Would I benefit using sweat-inhibiting spray on my hand to aid grip?
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