HOW TO GRIP A TENNIS RACKET
Author – Tejasvi Lohia
(Reading time ~ 4 mins)
Continental grip (also known as the chopper or hammer Grip) is formed by placing your hand on the racket so that the V formed by your thumb and forefinger are at roughly 11 o’clock. In order to use a Continental grip, your index knuckle and heel pad will rest on bevel 2. It’s a flat grip used for service, volley, smash, overheads, slices and some defensive shots.
Advantages – Results in more power and less stress on your arm.
Disadvantages: It is hard to put topspin on the ball when using a Continental grip for forehand shots.
The Eastern backhand grip provides both spin and control for a one-handed backhand. For an Eastern backhand grip, place your index knuckle and heel pad on bevel 1.
Advantages: It provides control and ability to put spin on the ball. It’s easy to change from an Eastern backhand to a Continental grip for players who enjoy playing at the net. It can also be used for a kick serve.
Disadvantages: It gets difficult to hit shots at shoulder-height.
It is great for low shots and can produce a lot of power and topspin.
It limits a player’s reach, making wide shots harder
The Continental grip is the most commonly used. But as you progress you’ll want to add a couple of other grips to your toolkit to add more sting to your shots and dimensions to your game.
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