Tennis Grips: The Eastern Grip

I will tell you about the pros and cons of the eastern grip.

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I will tell you about the pros and cons of the eastern grip.

Groundstrokes: The eastern grip was extremely popular in the 80s and 90s. Now, it’s has sort of died away. This is mainly because you don’t get as much spin as the semi-western and the western grip. With the semi-western and western, you can brush up against the ball easier, hence more spin. The focus of tennis right now is on spin because of the slower courts and balls. Also, the technology has allowed players more power with less strength.

However, some still do use this grip. Try this grip, you may like it. It gives access to depth and pace, with relative ease. Since its face is more direct when meeting the ball, it drives through the ball easier. On lower balls, the eastern grip can drive straight through them, something the western and semi-western grips have a hard time doing. Even the Greatest of All Time, Roger Federer himself, uses an extreme eastern.

Volleys: You can try the eastern grip on volleys. The only problem with the eastern grip is you may have to adjust it when hitting a backhand volley. It isn’t as common as the continental grip, however.

Slices: Don’t use the eastern grip for slices.

Overhead and Serve: Stick to the continental or EBH.

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