Originally Posted by Bowtiesarecool
Looking down at your grip... The top is 1, rotating to the right if you're right handed...
Continental is bevel 2, Eastern is bevel 3, semi western is bevel 4, and western is bevel 5 (the bottom of the racquet)
Since bevel 1 is the same thing as bevel 5, it makes more sense that western grip is refered as bevel 1 (west = left from continental, east = right from continental, as in geography).
Also, from my experience, it's also significantly much easier to explain various grips to beginners using bevel indices, than continental/easter/western grip designations.