So, what’s the problem? A lot of players – not all, but a lot of players, when they hold the racket, their fingers are very close to each other. This is okay, but the index finger should be an exception. This is a small mistake that is pretty much overlooked by coaches.

Spread out that index finger, also known as the “Trigger Finger”. The positioning of your hand should be angled on the racket. DO NOT hold it in the block grip formation! By doing so, you’re going to have too much tension in your hand when you swing, and you’re not going to have the feel that you want Tennis is a game of feel. You want to be able to get that feel of the ball hitting the strings, make sure to hold the racket correctly, with the index finger spread.

Over at Tennis Evolution, we make sure that perfecting this finger placement is a prerequisite to anything else, so that the players will have a good foundation for their games.

I’m really looking forward to helping you improve your game. 

Got any questions, comments, and/or suggestions? Leave a comment down below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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17 Comments

  1. David Giannandrea

    How is the trigger finger used in the one-handed backhand?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      David, You can use it the same way!

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  2. meg peavy

    HI!
    In my 45 hours of teaching a week I spend quite a bit of time “re-teaching” techniques as basic as this ! 😉

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Hi Meg, I know. It’s amazing, isn’t it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge

      Reply
  3. Gary gonzalez

    Great tip Jeff,that trigger finger also helps my wrist

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Awesome, Gary!

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      • vasu

        You are correct and I did not know about index finger and power. I learnt this way in my HS days. One question. When I hit my forehand or backhand ground strokes with top spin, my balls always graze the next by 6″. How can I get it UP to 12”-24″?????????

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        • Jeff Salzenstein

          Vasu, get under the ball and/or aim higher.

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  4. John Mann

    Spreading the fingers, especially spreading the index finger, gives more feel in the fingers, which seems to lead to more control. Also, spreading the fingers relaxes the hand and wrist.

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      It sure does, John! Thank you for your comment

      Reply
  5. Paul Czerner

    That’s worth considering, because sometimes when I hit a good feeling shot, I feel it between the base knuckles of my index and ring fingers.

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Try it out, Paul and let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  6. Dennis

    I am under the impression that Wawrinka hits his backhand with fingers closed hence more power while federer with index finger apart therefore more versatile. Any comments?

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  7. Noushin

    Many thanks for sharing your invaluable experience and knowledge!

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      You are welcome!

      Reply
  8. Mike Ramjattansingh

    Jeff,

    How can this trigger finger position help your serve?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Mike, It gives you more feel and control.

      Reply

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