Some question about serving

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TennisVet, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. TennisVet

    TennisVet Rookie

    Apr 24, 2008
    Is it ok to serve using a eastern forehand grip? I know that almost all the pros use continental grip, but it feels so unnatural .
  2. tennis_pr0

    tennis_pr0 Semi-Pro

    Aug 4, 2009
    You can serve with it, but you be limited with the progression of your serve. Using an eastern forehand grip will not allow you to pronate, which in return will hold you back from pace and spin. If you are looking to get better, I recommend switching to continental or something very close to continental, as it will benefit you in the long run.
  3. Roy125

    Roy125 Professional

    Jul 8, 2009
    San Diego, California
    There's more spin on the continental grip. It does feel uncomfortable at first but it'll be better for you when you want to get extremely better.
  4. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    I would not continue to serve with an Easter FH grip unless you want your serving to remain one-dimensional. If you try to serve with any pace with such a grip, your serving % will most likely be very low.

    The only pro that I am aware of that used this grip in modern times was Boris Becker. However, it has been said that he had an unusually strong wrist & forearm. If the conti grip feels to strange, try a semi-continental grip for a while. Serena W reportedly uses this grip on (some?) first serves. If you can't get this grip to work for you either, then you really need to look into taking a serving lesson.

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