Is there a correct serve grip?

TB45

Rookie
I serve with a continental grip and my brother says "its the wrong grip." Obviously it's not, because I know that you can serve with a continental grip.

He serves with an eastern backhand grip (he calls it a "semi-eastern backhand grip" but im not sure if thats even the real name for it).

Both of these are right, right?
 

BullDogTennis

Hall of Fame
yes. continental is the better of the choices id say. because with it you can flatten the ball out, hit slice, hit kickers. with the "eastern backhand grip" your pretty much limited in its pretty impossible to flatten it out. alot of people on second serves will move towards this grip so they can get a little more spin( i know i did until i got COMPLETELY comfortable with continental)
 

WildVolley

Legend
The continental grip is the more commonly used grip at the professional level, so that at least is a piece of evidence in your favor.

You will see some players favor the eastern backhand for hitting a kick serve, but most pros probably hold the same grip and just change their rotation into the ball on the second serve.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
I serve with a continental grip and my brother says "its the wrong grip." Obviously it's not, because I know that you can serve with a continental grip.

He serves with an eastern backhand grip (he calls it a "semi-eastern backhand grip" but im not sure if thats even the real name for it).

Both of these are right, right?

The continental works well for flat serves while the ebh grip works well for topspin and slice serves.
 

TB45

Rookie
so basically, i was right all along. You can (or should) use the continental grip for your serve.

My brother is just an idiot.
 

BullDogTennis

Hall of Fame
so basically, i was right all along. You can (or should) use the continental grip for your serve.

My brother is just an idiot.


its the better of the choices

but im pretty sure nadal uses the eastern backhand for his serves.

so i mean i wouldnt call your bro an idiot

but continental is more versital
 

dylanm_12

New User
yes. continental is the better of the choices id say. because with it you can flatten the ball out, hit slice, hit kickers. with the "eastern backhand grip" your pretty much limited in its pretty impossible to flatten it out. alot of people on second serves will move towards this grip so they can get a little more spin( i know i did until i got COMPLETELY comfortable with continental)

i can flatten out the ball with an extreme eastern:-?
 

TBanh12

New User
I am this "idiot" brother he is talking about. In a recent doubles match, I hit 4 aces with my serve. My bro hit zero. I am trying to get him to change his grip because his serve is very inconsistent, no matter what he says. He double faulted 3 times in one of his games and we lost 0-40.

And again, to clarify, I am not hitting with a full eastern backhand; it's continental and then I move it 1 bevel.
 

dylanm_12

New User
I am this "idiot" brother he is talking about. In a recent doubles match, I hit 4 aces with my serve. My bro hit zero. I am trying to get him to change his grip because his serve is very inconsistent, no matter what he says. He double faulted 3 times in one of his games and we lost 0-40.

And again, to clarify, I am not hitting with a full eastern backhand; it's continental and then I move it 1 bevel.

i agree, eastern serve pwns
 

BullDogTennis

Hall of Fame
I am this "idiot" brother he is talking about. In a recent doubles match, I hit 4 aces with my serve. My bro hit zero. I am trying to get him to change his grip because his serve is very inconsistent, no matter what he says. He double faulted 3 times in one of his games and we lost 0-40.

And again, to clarify, I am not hitting with a full eastern backhand; it's continental and then I move it 1 bevel.

there is NOTHING wrong with an eastern backhand grip for serving, its just not as versitile I dont believe. i gaurantee your brothers problem if hes double faulting alot with his grip is hes not swinging as fast as he is on his first serve.

i find the eastern alot easier to get into play than the continental, but when you can hit the shots with a continental they have more pace, and accuracy then with an eastern (to me)

but i do love to hit an eastern backhand grip serve when im trying to hit a REALLY short serve on the line out wide, nothing feels better than that.

i can flatten out the ball with an extreme eastern:-?


it may seem flat but i bet that bad boy has alot more spin then you think...(which IS NOT a bad thing) i find when i try to flatten out with an eastern grip it hurts my wrist after a while.


Just all in all do what works for you, either works...most of us prefer the continental those just because of its versitility.
 

topspin2

New User
i like to use continental for all of my serves but sometimes if i want a little extra kick on my serve i will rotate to the eb grip. but i agree with bulldog, the continental is more versatile.
 

BullDogTennis

Hall of Fame
the main reason I like continental better is because i can get ALMOST as much kick on it, but i get more kick and keep it deeper, which is always good...when i hit it with a eastern most of the time it wants to dip as soon as it gets over the net, therefore landing short giving the opponent all times to react.
 
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