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How To: Get mains started on a 1-piece string job for a racket

String a tennis racket yourself. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to lace your mains on a one-piece string job for your tennis racket. The number of grommets in the yoke of the tennis racket determines where to start off. After dividing the number by two, if you yield an odd number, you would start from the throat. If you yield an even number, you start from the top of the racket.

How To: Handle high balls on your tennis forehand

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How To: Put on a tennis racket grip

Check out this tutorial and learn how to replace your tennis racket grip with a new one. This instructional video shows you how to do this with an overgrip, but also explains how to go about it with a replacement grip.

How To: Understand main skips and cross weaving on the racket

So you just picked up a tennis racket. Have any idea what main skips are? How about cross weaving? These are two things you'll need to know if you decide to restring your tennis racket. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to tell when to skip by counting the grommets. This tutorial also covers cross weaving.

How To: Widen a tennis grommet

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to widen your grommets on a tennis racket in order to use it as a tie off hole. In this tutorial, the instructor uses an Al screwdriver and chapstick to widen his tennis grommets.

How To: Replace the grommet strips on a tennis racket

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to replace your bumper guard/grommet strips. This should be done for a number of reasons. One reason is if the bumper guard has worn through and you are now hitting graphite when you scrape it on the ground. Another is if the grommets are coming apart and the string has a chance at touching the frame. Or if you wish to add lead tape in a more conspicuous manner, replacing the strips and guards will help.

How To: Use shoulder rotation on a windshield wiper forehand

This video explains how the amount of shoulder rotation you get during a windshield wiper forehand can differ from a classic forehand. After you hit the tennis ball, you typically have to rotate a little bit more than you otherwise would on the windshield wiper. There are a number of reasons for this, but in this video we keep our focus relatively narrow.

How To: Start crosses on a tennis racket with a starting knot

Check out this instructional video and learn how to start your crosses(two-piece) with a starting knot when stringing your tennis racket. Once you have your first cross in, you need to find where your starting knot is going to go. Whichever starting knot you choose, you need to pull it tight from both sides to make the knot as bulky and tight as possible.

How To: Lace the mains for a 2-piece tennis racket string job

String a tennis racket. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to lace your mains for a two-piece string job for your tennis racket. To find out where you start is by counting how many grommets you have on your racket. By dividing the number by two, you can determine where to start, top or bottom. If the number you yield is odd, you start from the bottom. If the number you yield is even, you start from the top.

How To: Practice tennis serve pronation

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How To: Practice the tennis serve knee bend

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How To: Volley a tennis ball

Check out this instructional tennis video that demonstrates how to hit a volley. A good game of tennis is all about volleying. Learn how to volley a tennis ball in this video tennis lesson.

How To: Master the lob shot

Tennis professional Francis Ribeiro says that to master the lob shot, you should use the continental grip. You should bring your racket back and keep the racket face open. You have to follow through from low to high. Make sure to hit the ball with enough power so that your opponent cannot smash your attempted lob. Master the lob shot.

How To: Teach your child how to hit a forehand

Tennis professional Francis Ribeiro explains that when you are trying to teach your child how to hit a forehand, the most important thing is to teach them the correct technique. For their first lesson, you should help your child bring the racket back and turn their body side on the ball. You should practice a lot. Teach your child how to hit a forehand.

How To: Practice tennis serve toss

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How To: Stencil a tennis racket

Want to stencil the strings on your tennis racket? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to stencil. The things you'll need for this process are paint, a protective backing, a stencil, and naturally, your tennis racket. Pay particular attention when picking out your paint as some paint can be detrimental to the strings.

How To: Hit an overhead shot in tennis

Check out this instructional tennis video that demonstrates how to hit an overhead shot in tennis. The serve is one of the most important shots in the game of tennis. In this video lesson, learn how to hit an overhead smash.

How To: Follow through your serve in tennis

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How To: Take your racket back in tennis forehand

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Do tennis forehand stances: the Open, Neutral & Closed

Every time you hit a tennis forehand you choose how you position your feet -- what stance you will use. You can hit a forehand with an open, neutral, or closed stance, but you should stay away from the closed stance if possible. This last stance makes it difficult to rotate your upper body through contact, making it difficult for you to use correct forehand mechanics.

How To: Tighten your knots on a tennis racket

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to tighten your knots on a tennis racket. This tutorial also covers the Parnell knot, which is is a knot used to finish off your crosses or mains. You'd want to start off with a single hitch knot.

How To: String a tennis racket by the box pattern

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to string your tennis racket by the box pattern. When using this pattern, you'll want a certain number of mains unstrung. Technically it makes more sense to begin the box pattern on the mains rather than the crosses.

How To: Tennis Serve Stance

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