Continental for serves

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Zoroaster, May 30, 2004.

  1. Zoroaster

    Zoroaster New User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Why? I started serving with an eastern forehand grip before I read that you should use a continental; should I switch? What are the benefits?

  2. TripleThreatPlayer

    TripleThreatPlayer New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    I started out with a eastern for serving as well when I first started learning. Although switching to a continental was a hassele, it comes with great benifets.

    When you switch, it will feel extremly uncomfortable, it just takes a while to get used to. Continental allows you to pronate more on your serve, thus giving you more power/head speed. Eastern has a more open face, thus causing more spin.
  3. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    You can also do 3 serves with continental: Flat, slice, topspin... And its pretty comfortable once you get used to it.. Someitmes I go closer to eastern backhand for more spin.
  4. New User

    May 11, 2004
    It depend on which you feel more comfort with.. don't swithes back and fourth becuase you will confuse yourself.

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  5. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Comfort is not an issue here. It is very clear that you need to make the switch to the Continental grip if you want to see improvements in your serving game. It is very easy for your opponent to learn that you cant put much spin on the ball (without straining your arm) so he/she can wait for your flatter shots. Plus, if you get a good flat ball returner what will you do?

    The Continental grip has many benefits for serving locations and spins for mixing things up. Also, hitting with the Continental grip on the serve and overhead allows your arm to naturally pronate through the shot. This results in the best shot and the least amount of stress on the arm.

    Serving with a Eastern Forehand grip is considered a beginners grip. If you want to place spin on the ball for your second serves - the Continental is the way to go. It will also transfer well to your overheads.

    To get used to the grip, go hit serves against a wall. Then once you feel you're getting it, then go practice on the courts.

    My strong advice is to make the switch today!

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