Originally Posted by TheLambsheadrep
While I would still like Toly to answer, it feels much more natural for me to position my knuckles all on the same bevel if I imagine the handle is that of a baseball bat
. I never have thought to hold a racquet like this, and this is common/how people (and pros) normally hold the racquet when their fingers are all bunched together? Then is the way I'm holding the racquet in the pictures (with bunched fingers + handle diagonal across the palm) like a grip hybrid...? I'm assuming it's uncommon if you're saying "With the fingers bunched together, players have the racket handle much closer to perpendicular to the arm and fingers."
I think the finger, per se, doesn't really matter. It's more of a convenient indicator of handle orientation.
^^^ Nice pic.
Fwiw, I use the 1st on serve, forehand, and fh volley/slice. I use the 2nd for the 1hbh and bh volley/slice.