The method for finding the Eastern grip for your one-handed backhand is very similar.

The opposite face of the racket is used compared to the Eastern forehand.

Holding an Eastern Grip. Many years of holding the racket in a certain way ingrains a certain feel in the hand so strongly that once you change the grip you feel totally lost.But you should of course change grips between forehand and backhand during play, that’s what this article is all about. Same Q for other pros. You can also use an Eastern forehand grip, which is very reliable but might give you some problems on very high balls.To find the Semi-Western forehand grip, hold your racquet by the throat in your non-dominant hand and extend it fully away from your body while keeping your arm straight.This method of finding a forehand grip helps you be more aware of the contact point tooThe racquet needs to be horizontal with the head on the right side and the handle on the left side. Also from forehand to continental for volleys…Finally, in between the strokes as we hold the racquet in front of us with both arms, could you talk about which hand holds the racquet the most, I feel that when my left arm (I am righty) holds most of the weight of the racquet (at the wider part of the triangle that connects the grip to the racquet head) the right hand does not get tiered and my strokes are more powerful and consistent, but when I forget and hold my racquet mostly with my right arm, the arm gets tight and tired causing racquet head drop, errors, and timing goes off. The Eastern Backhand grip is obtained when placing the hand such that the base knuckle of the index finger and heel of the hand are right on bevel #1. Copyright © 2012-2017

Using an Eastern grip should make it a little easier to generate spin than the Continental grip, but much easier to flatten the ball out than the Western grip. Have you felt any advantage using these techniques on ground strokes/volleys?Yes, I extend my forefinger on the continental and semi-western forehand grip but not much really on my eastern backhand grip.My question is, in the ready position are we holding the racket in the continental grip? My current coach…Thanks a lot, Patrick! Does the correct position depend on the shot? I mean is the sequence continental-forehand or backhand- continental, and repeat. The Eastern Backhand grip is obtained when placing the hand such that the base knuckle of the index finger and heel of the hand are right on bevel #1. Notable players with this grip include The basic Two-Handed Forehand grip, is obtained by holding the racquet in a regular Continental grip, then placing the left hand above holding it in a left-handed Semi-Western Forehand grip.

The thumb positioned on the back of the handle can help at the beginning also with correct hand position on the handle but eventually we need to bend the thumb so that it “locks” the racket into the hand.Otherwise you will feel that you have to grip the handle very hard in order for the racket not to fly out of your hand on the forward swing.Thanks, Tomaz. The server tosses the ball a little to the right of his body (if they are right-handed) and cuts the ball at the side to impart spin.

Additionally this can lead to incorrect grip changes when they should not (e.g., continental grip on both backhand and forehand volleys). Holding an eastern forehand grip is rather simple. The Eastern (sometimes called Modified Eastern) grip centers your palm on the right edge of the top plane, just slightly clockwise of the Full Eastern. You will notice that the grip is slightly weaker than the full eastern, and there is a slightly later contact point. While there is no perfect grip, the semi-western grip has become one of the most popular forehand grips in tennis..

I looked at some photos of the same player for various backhand, grips didnt always seem identical ( spacing between hands, index finger extension etc.Lastly, do you beleive these are conscious grip variations that eventually are automated? I thought that was the point of learning the grips and changing between them.I don’t advise players changing their forehand grip to a new forehand grip if they used a certain forehand grip for 10 years.The same goes for backhand. I have a one handed backhand.

Holding the racquet using two hands for the forehand is highly unusual, but some well-known top WTA players (e.g. Now we’re getting nearer to what the majority of pros use as their forehand grip. Photo Tour of Male Pro One-Handed Topspin Backhand GripsPhoto Tennis Lesson: How to Hit the Heavy Slice ServeHow to Choose the Best Tennis Racquet for Control and PowerThe Backhand Backspin/Sidespin Serve in Table Tennis The player long considered to have had the best backhand of all time, At professional levels, the slice serve is most commonly hit with a Continental grip (bevel #2). This is basically equivalent to the Semi-Western forehand grip. However, when it comes to forehand and backhand strokes, an Eastern grip provides less topspin than a Western or Semi-Western grip, and is less reliable for hitting high bouncing balls at the baseline.