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History of Tennis Grips. In the early days of the sport, the continental grip dominated. Wooden racquets strung with natural gut strings were the norm, and up until 1974, three of the world’s biggest tournaments were played on grass, including Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the US Open.
Modified Eastern Grip. Index Knuckle on Bevel 3 (Eastern), bordering Bevel 4 (Semi-Western). Heel Pad on Bevel 4 (Semi-Western), bordering Bevel 3 (Eastern). Roger Federer’s grip perfectly reflects how his game is a hybrid of modern and traditional tennis. If there was an in between grip of Eastern and Semi-Western this would be it.
You may have noticed that your grip forms roughly the shape of an octagon, just like a stop sign with eight sides, as pictured in the diagram below. We can easily find the western grip by placing the palm side of your index finger’s knuckle against the fifth bevel of the racquet handle. At first, many players might find this grip hard to use.
The Full Eastern or Western Backhand Grip (two different names for the same grip) Onehanded clay court specialists love this grip (e.g. Muster). This grip puts more of the hand behind the racquet at contact. It is a great grip for imparting topspin, but you can still hit flatly. Slice is not very successful with this grip. Twohand Grips
As you can see in the image below, the eastern tennis grip is formed when the v-groove between the thumb and index finger is aligned with the right edge of the top bevel (position 1 in the illustration below). Moving clockwise to the right edge of the next bevel, we arrive at the semi-western forehand grip (position 2 in the illustration below).
The main reason I chose that BH grip was to avoid developing tennis elbow ever again. The grip forces me to hit the ball with my wrist extended (Google wrist extension) in order to hit in front with a slightly closed face. Hitting one-handed backhands with wrist flexion is a sure way to develop tennis elbow, particularly if you hit a little late.
With the continental grip, the tennis racquet angle is neutral, which means the frame of the racquet when you hold it in front of you is perpendicular to the ground. On the other hand, an open racquet face angles up toward the sky and a closed racquet face angles toward the ground, as you’d find with a semi-western forehand grip.
The tennis grip is how you hold the tennis racquet in your hand and impacts every shot you hit in tennis. It is important to know the different grips and the strengths and weaknesses of each so you can determine which grip is best suited for your game.
This grip is difficult to master than the Eastern Backhand Grip. This enables you to put less power but more top spin than the Eastern Backhand Grip. Out of the backhand tennis grips this is the grip that is used the least by pros. As an exception Justin Henin who has one of the best backhands in women’s tennis.