Strings and Grips
You know, a lot of players begin to over-think technique and racquet selection at times, but the case could be made that the strings and the grips you use during play just as, or more important.
Strings and Stringing
There are so many different types of strings out there, but oftentimes players just go with what others around them are getting, what is the newest fad, or just what is available and/or recommended at the local pro shop.
Sometimes trial and error is what’s necessary. It can get expensive, but first consider what the company that produced your racquet suggests to use in that racquet, and get it strung based on your playing ability.
If you have already tried that, then take your time and sift through some of the hundreds of reviews out there at your disposal and find a string that would be both good for your racquet and your playing style and then decided what tension would be best to get it strung at.
Tension is also very important…if you can generate your own power consistently, then get it strung very tight and because the racquet naturally will lose a few pounds of tension over time.
First of all, before I get into the different grip techniques (continental, western, semi-western, etc.) it is important to have an actual grip that you like. If you like the stock grip then you obviously do not need to change anything. If you don’t, then you can always buy a replacement grip (not an over-grip) to get a feel and texture that is best for you.
If you like your grip but find that it doesn’t absorb sweat well and that your hand slips off of it at times, then you could always get a contoured sweat absorbent grip or even a rosin bag (most commonly used by pitchers in baseball) to help. Also, if your grip is worn down but the size is good for you, then you should just get a replacement grip rather than toughing it out or throwing an over-grip on top of it which would alter the size and perhaps be counter-productive. The images below may be helpful to you if you want to figure out which size grip you are currently using and to know which size to order when getting a new racquet.
The grip techniques you use on your strokes have a great deal of impact on your play. Even the slightest modification could mean everything in the world and provide with more power and/or consistency.
Working with this is tricky though, especially if you are playing a lot of matches. Not only is it hard to switch grips pretty much on the fly, but even if you do and get some good results, you may find yourself reverting back to the grip that you used to use out of habit, leading to some in-match problems and inconsistency.
Work hard and take a ton of reps when you are switching the grips used on your swings, and do it in other ways than simply getting balls fed to you and using the new grip all the time. Make sure you practice alternating between forehand and backhand grip so you get used to switching your grip mid-point so you can integrate your new grip usage as best you can in match play.