The semi-wester grip falls neatly between the eastern and western and has become the most common forehand tennis grip in modern tennis because it allows for excellent topspin and quick grip changes. In the 90s and into the new millennium, players like Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis put the semi-western grip to work.
For an Eastern Backhand grip, you’re going to slide your right hand one bevel to the left and place your knuckle above bevel 1 – the top of the racket butt. Just like with the Eastern Forehand grip, a benefit in using the Eastern Backhand grip is that you can hit the ball a little flatter than with a Continental grip.
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The full-Western tennis grip can be found by placing your heel pad and index knuckle of the palm of your hand on bevel number five. Start by holding the throat of the racquet with your non dominant hand waist high and perpendicular to the ground so you are looking down at bevel number one.
The majority of players, especially in women’s tennis, hold the racket with two hands when playing a backhand. A right-handed player will place their right hand at the base of the grip, with their left hand further up. The index knuckle of the right hand will typically be on bevel 2, while the heel of the right hand will be on bevel 1.
Extend your non-dominant arm away from your body and keep the handle again just in front of your right arm. Extend the right arm and comfortably and naturally grip the racquet handle. You will very likely hold the racquet now with an Eastern one-handed backhand grip. Eastern backhand grip from top view.
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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.