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firstblud
08-27-2007, 10:45 PM
I'm 3 months old into tennis and i'm trying to figure out the right grips, mainly for serving and volleying.

Could you please verify that my grips are correct? My serve is terrible at the moment and i can only get a consistent slow second serve with an eastern forehand grip (at least I THINK it's eastern).

EASTERN FOREHAND
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/eastern.jpg

CONTINENTAL i'm trying to figure out how to serve with this grip as all my attempts have sailed terribly to the left or into the net
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/cont2.jpg

another angle of my 'continental'
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/cont1.jpg

BACKHAND GRIP... i dont know its name if it has any
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/backhand.jpg
another angle shot of it
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/backhand2.jpg

i really appreciate all input. my recreation coach wasn't very helpful when i asked him what type of grips i should use. he just said use whatever is comfy... i guess you get what u pay for eh? THANKS.

politrix
08-27-2007, 11:05 PM
The first two are indeed correct. The backhand grip looks a little funky. In the first picture it looks like an eastern forehand which you should not be using because it opens the racquet face if you use it for a backhand and in the second shot it looks like continental which is an ok backhand grip. You just won't get a whole lot of spin on it.

politrix
08-27-2007, 11:08 PM
Also, to hit a serve with a continental grip you need to rotate the racquet before contact otherwise you'll slice it hardcore or frame it. A good way to get the feel of this is to just bounce the ball with the racquet while holding it in continental. Your hand needs to be in that position to hit the serve straight on.

politrix
08-27-2007, 11:21 PM
Actually, I couldn't see the orientation on the raquet in the first backhand grip picture. It looks like either an eastern backhand or a continental, but I can't really tell from that angle. 2nd shot looks continental.

firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:35 PM
Here's new shots of my backhand... sorry im not good at taking good photos. appreciate your time!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/Picture002.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee40/firstblud/bhnew1.jpg

firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:36 PM
yeah my nails are dirty as i played a few hours earlier :( . ill cut them now.

SoBad
08-27-2007, 11:40 PM
I am not sure about Eastern-Western, but the way you hold it for backhand I think you will not be able to use wrist as much as you would like to hit a modern 2H backhand. I would rotate the racquet in your hands about 45degrees actually for a good wristful 2H backhand. Just my thoughts though...

firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:41 PM
Actually, I couldn't see the orientation on the raquet in the first backhand grip picture. It looks like either an eastern backhand or a continental, but I can't really tell from that angle. 2nd shot looks continental.

hi sorry that was a very bad picture on my part. the racket is facing down in that picture. i just wanted to show where my fingers are.

SoBad
08-27-2007, 11:41 PM
yeah my nails are dirty as i played a few hours earlier :( . ill cut them now.

Haha OK and then replace the overgrip with a fresh one, while you're at it...:)

firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:44 PM
basically i align my knuckles and put it on top of the right bevel of the racket (top meaning the edge, and strings facing horizontal).

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firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:45 PM
/T\ <== sorry redrawn... hopefuly it doesn't get formatted again.
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firstblud
08-27-2007, 11:46 PM
/T\<===== knuckles here, kinda as you can see in the pic
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there we go sorry for spamming... i wish there really were an edit button

firstblud
08-28-2007, 03:00 PM
bumping up