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Tennis Racquet Grip and Fatigue

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In this experiment, we'll be testing the muscle fatigue of tennis players and non-players using a ruler drop test. We'll be comparing the results of the test when the participants use the continental grip and an unconventional grip.


The hypothesis is that tennis players will experience less muscle fatigue using the standard continental grip.

Method & Materials

You will test the muscle reflexes of the participants using the ruler drop test. Then, each participant will serve tennis balls 20 times using the continental grip. After 20 serves, the ruler drop test will be repeated to check the level of hand-muscle fatigue. On the next day, the same procedure will be repeated using the unconventional grip.
You will need 6 amateur tennis players, 6 non-players, 2 dozen tennis balls, 1 tennis racquet, 1 tennis court, 1 tennis coach, 1 meter long ruler, and an assistant.


The results of the experiment showed that the average drop distance for the tennis players was 163mm and for non-players, 211mm. After using the unconventional grip, the average drop distance was 194mm for the tennis players and 235mm for the non tennis players. This proves that the hypothesis is true - tennis players experience less muscle fatigue using the standard continental grip.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how the way you hold your tennis racquet can affect your performance. It also shows how important it is to use the correct technique when playing tennis.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment include evaluating the effect of different grip styles on other types of strokes, such as the forehand topspin, the backhand topspin, the volley, half volley, overhead smash, drop shot etc. Another variation is to repeat the experiment using tennis rackets of different grip sizes.

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