The eastern forehand tennis grip was a natural evolution from the popular continental grip used by most players before the 1920s. While the semi-western and western tennis grips are comparatively more extreme, the eastern grip allowed players to move from the continental grip without radically changing how they held the tennis racquet.
The Eastern forehand grip remains one of the most commonly used grips in modern tennis, mostly for its comfort and flexibility. Of course, different players have different preferences. Some players will feel more comfortable using the Easterneastern forehand grip, while others prefer the advantages the Western or Continental grips provide.
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For right-handers, the numbers go clockwise around the grip face, and for the Eastern forehand grip, you want the big knuckle on your index finger to line up with bevel number three. For lefties, this is going to be reversed, so the index knuckle should line up with the third bevel to the left.
1. Forehand. Using the eastern grip on your forehand allows you to generate power and a good amount of topspin. It's ideal contact point is close to waist level and in front of the body. It tends to grip the ball in outer corner this allows for hitting some aggressive cross court shots. 2.
The "old school" eastern forehand is appearing once again on tour! It is a easy forehand to start with and it develops nicely into more modern forehand varia...
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Move your hand around the handle so that your heel and index knuckle are on bevel 3 and you will be demonstrating an eastern forehand grip. This was used by the legendary Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer also employs something similar, although he may actually be part way between bevels 3 and 4.
Eastern Grip . Now we’re getting nearer to what the majority of pros use as their forehand grip. Using an Eastern forehand 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. The top pro who we think demonstrates the Eastern forehand grip well is Richard Gasquet.