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Every tennis racket has a grip (or handle) with 8 different sides. Each one of these sides is called a bevel, and they are numbered from 1 to 8 for easier identification. As you rotate your hand around those bevels, you will end up with your hands in a new position or grip. This is the second definition of the word grip in tennis.
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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.
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It is a great grip for hitting slice, but flat and topspin shots are less successfully struck with this grip. The Eastern Backhand Grip. Onehanders very commonly choose to use this grip for all backhand strokes. This grip puts the thumb a bit behind the racquet handle when hitting backhands.
A tennis player’s forehand has the potential to be a game-changing shot. The physics of the forehand allows for both more spin and more power than other baseline shots, so players should take advantage of it. However, in order to do so, you need to have the right forehand technique and to practice it countlessly.
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.
Tennis Grip Debate: Overgrips vs. Replacement Grips. Tennis is a sport where you do a lot of running around the court. It makes sense that your hands might sweat quite a bit. Over time, regular use and excessive sweat will cause the grip on your racket handle to wear out. You’re basically met with two options: overgrips or replacement grips.
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.