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How to Play Tennis

Step 2: Tennis Grip

The grip on your raquet is an important aspect in your tennis play.

You should grip the tennis raquet loosley between strokes, but when you are about to swing, it is better to tighten your hold.

The following is the Eastern Grip
1)Note that the eastern grip is popular with beginners and is widely used with forehands because of its comfort. The grip can also be used to hit backhands, serves and volleys.
2)Hold the racket in front of you in your left hand (or right hand if you're a left-handed player).
3)Rotate the racket so that the face (strings) of the racket is perpendicular to the ground.
4)Lay the palm of your free hand flat on the face of the racket.
5)Move your palm toward your body, down the shaft of the racket, until it hits the end of the handle.
6)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them slightly apart. Your thumb and forefinger should lie almost directly on top of the handle, forming a V that points toward your right shoulder (toward your left shoulder if you're left-handed). Your thumb should lie across the top of the handle.

Continental Grip
1)Note that the continental grip is used by more advanced players in serving and volleying. Begin by forming an eastern grip.
2)Ease your grip and turn the racket with your left hand (or right hand if you're a left-handed player).
3)Turn the racket until it is perpendicular to the ground, or pointing to the "12 o'clock" position. Then, if you are right-handed, turn the racket to about the "1 o'clock" position. If you are left-handed, turn the racket to the "11 o'clock" position.
4)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them slightly apart. The V formed by the thumb and forefinger should point toward you, and the thumb should lie along the length of the handle. The bottom knuckle of your index finger should lie right on top of the racket.

'Western Grip
1)Note that the western grip is excellent in forehand play but feels awkward for beginners, especially when used for backhands, serves and volleys. Advanced players often use it to enhance their forehand play.
2)Start by holding the racket with an eastern grip.
3)Relax your grip and turn the racket counterclockwise until the top of the racket points toward the "11 o'clock" position. Left-handed players should turn the racket clockwise to the "1 o'clock" position.
4)Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them apart slightly. The V formation should point to your right (or left), and your thumb should lie across the top of the handle.

Picture 1 is the Eastern Grip

 
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