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Which is a correct and safe volley grip aka serving grip in Tennis? One where hand is clearly on the handle or the one where some fingers are resting on the handle? Images screenshot from the video here.

I trained very intensive weeks tennis where my baby finger and ring finger got damaged/painful/non-flexible due to holding the racket so that only 3-4 fingers on the holding -- video about training here -- this was because I used more the grip where some fingers were not totally on the grip so strong swing put intensive stress to the baby finger and ringer finger. Initially, physiotherapist said that it is only tight muscles so 1 week's rest. Now I realise that my right-hand muscles are far stronger on my holding hand and that the tension is getting lower and morning hardness is becoming less. Yet the feeling in the serving hand is not the same as in the other hand, this may be a good (muscles/bones getting stronger used to playing tennis or I am using a wrong technique). Now I am uncertain:

Should I change my serving grip and my volley grip so that all of my fingers are on the handle of the racket (picture on the left) or half finger, one finger or 2 fingers over the handle (picture on the right)?

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In general, I think the grip you use on any of your shots might be a little different depending on whether you're an advanced player or a beginning player. The "choke up" grip shown in that video on volleys looks fine and probably helps beginning tennis players have a more firm wrist (and therefore more racquet head stability) on their volleys. I don't use that grip myself though, and I hit my volleys just fine - but that has little to do with my grip - it has more to do with knowing how to split-step, keep a firm wrist, and keep my racquet head from dropping (also something touched on in that video). Basically I'm trying to say there's a lot more to hitting a volley than just the type of grip you use.

I don't think the choke up grip shown in the video is really good for serving. This is because when you serve, you want to get the maximum amount of reach/extension possible when making contact with the ball. The more you choke up on the handle, the less reach you will have and the tougher it will be to have net clearance on your serve.

As far as your hand/arm/finger soreness goes - that has nothing to do with your grip or volleying technique really. If you are new to tennis then your muscles will have to adjust but your technique would have to be pretty bad to be producing chronic muscle soreness for you.

Also keep in mind that this kind of question is very difficult to answer without actually being out on a court hitting with you and seeing what you're doing first hand. Coaching a very technical sport tennis is virtually impossible only using videos and the internet.

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Actually we are very determined in our training, last training analysis was done here during Easter. –  hhh May 5 at 8:25
Well I have also been doing other sports at the same time putting even more intensive effort to fingers, more here. For tennis, I want to make sure that particularly my little-finger and ringer-finger area are warm up before training. It is easy to overlook muscle tension after let say deadlifts with heavy weights. –  hhh May 6 at 21:05
+1 for the first two paragraphs, my coach actually recommended similar adjustment -- you can have the volley grip without the choke-up. –  hhh May 6 at 21:12

As a beginner and person currently heavily in sports requiring a lot of hands, I must mention stretching of hands! This may sound a bit odd to people who have only stretched their large muscles but yes also fingers require stretching.

Stretching of hands and fingers!

Beginner's reflexes, tendons, muscles, ligaments -- are not evolved yet to the technique and tennis so the pain and hardening is natural. Check up this thread about stretching and related here about sports that require intensive effort from hands and fingers. Also advanced players need to warm up, stretch, relax and so on but they do it because of the intensive matches -- they body has already evolved to the state of proper technique. At the start, you may get some beginner pain but it will go away after proper stretching such as static stretching at least 30 seconds for each finger.

For me, this worked very well! Stretching is vital so your muscles get aligned to proper places.

Related threads

  1. Preparing fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot?

  2. How to improve baby finger's extension and flexion? How to relax it? How to stretch it?

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