Have you ever tried to extract a tightly-embedded screw with a thin-handled screwdriver? It’s tough to twist. So get a larger tool and the job becomes easier.
Tennis balls hit your strings at varying angles with varying spins and this twists your racket. Try a bigger grip to resist the torque. A larger handle will also restrict your wrist flicking and snapping, which should increase your control.
Do a cheap experiment: Add overwrap to your handle and increase its size until it feels right. Then take your racket to a pro shop and have your handle professionally built-up with vinyl heat sleeves. Let the pro put on a fresh replacement grip while you’re there.
Most players benefit from the increase but if you change your mind, it’s reversible.
Gary Sherby is tennis director at Racquets and Togs Tennis Center, 115 Bradford St., just off the downtown square. His tennis tips appear Sundays.