Service grip

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Wilander Fan, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Wilander Fan

    Wilander Fan Hall of Fame

    Jan 26, 2010
    Pros and cons of the Edberg extreme eastern grip which most pros seem to use or a milder eastern/continental? I struggle with my serve when I dont practice at least 2 times a week and I use the former and send alot spinning into the net when I get tense.
  2. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Jun 22, 2007
    First, I disagree with your premise, and I find your terminology confusing. Edberg holds closer to an eastern bh grip on his serve than most professionals. Most modern players hold a variant of the modern continental which is index knuckle on the 2nd bevel, rather than on bevel 1, which is closer to how I believe Edberg hits.

    In my experience, players who hold an eastern bh in order to hit more spin also shank the serve more. I believe it is best to just stick with continental on the serve and to turn the shoulders away more from the target to hit more topspin.
  3. skiracer55

    skiracer55 Hall of Fame

    Feb 21, 2007

    ...there's another aspect of grips in general, which is spread grip vs. hammer grip. Players use the hammer grip, I believe, under the misapprehension that gripping the racket tightly produces more power and control. Actually, the opposite is true: a loose spread grip let's the wrist and hand articulate so that you can effectively create spin (low to high for topspin for example) and produce optimum power with the "whip" at the end of the kinetic chain. A soft grip also allows the player to direct balls more easily...just look at McEnroe, he still has the softest hands in the business, and it's doing pretty well for him these days...
  4. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    ^ I wish the term, hammer grip, would die a quick painless death. Many sources outside of TW use the term as an alternate name for a standard Continental grip. Some use the term to denote a variation of the Continental grip -- a tight-fisted conti grip.

    What makes the term even more confusing is that there are a multitude of ways of holding a hammer. Here are a few:

    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  5. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Aug 30, 2010
    I actually use a fairly closed grip (Eastern BH Grip) for my 2nd serves a lot of the time. I don't notice many more shanks then my normal conti grip. Sure, it's a tell to my opponent on what type of serve I'm doing, but it gives me more spin so I don't mind. :)


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