I need some clarifications on the grips. I have the impression that an eastern grip is directly in between a continental and a western. Eastern is like holding a hammer (The V in your thumb/index fingers is lined up with the frame). Turn the racquet clockwise (right) and you have continental. Turn the racquet counter-clockwise (left) and you have western. For the forehand, why do they recommend eastern for beginners? From the first time I ever held a racquet I naturally wanted to use a western on a forehand. Just the other day I tried holding an eastern grip for fun and it seemed difficult to put top spin on the ball and was an awkward swing. Anyone else have a hard time doing an eastern forehand?