Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Delzac, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Delzac

    Delzac New User

    May 23, 2006
    Hi all,

    Is it a must to use Continental Grip when doing flat serve? or should i say what grip to use to hit a flat serve.

    Currently i'm using my forehand grip to hit a flat serve:p......when i try to use continental serve breaks down(i feel very uncomfortable using continental grip).

    So the qns is

    1)y must we use continental grip?
    2)what is so wrong with using forehand grip.?
    3)any advise when using continental grip to serve?

    Any help will be appreciated.thx!
  2. siber222000

    siber222000 Semi-Pro

    Apr 15, 2006
    1) so u can get the clean contact by full swing
    2) try it and u'll find it out
    3) think as ur throwing baseball, but ur not throwing the racquet, after you throw the tennis ball just copy the motion of the throwing the baseball and hit the tennis ball
  3. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    May 3, 2004
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    Continental feels weird at first, but once you get use to it........ you'll see the difference, and options it provides. Also, it allows for your wrist to break freely, and as a result you get more racquet speed than with a forehand grip. Practice, Practice, Practice.
  4. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    Hold your racket up where it would be at the top of your service motion.

    Aim the racket face toward where you want the ball to land.

    Shift/adjust your grip SLIGHTLY and find the position where your wrist gets the most/farthest degree of free motion.

    Use that grip as a starting place. Practice serves, adjust your toss as necessary by slight degrees. Make similar adjustments with your grip.

    When it all feels comfortable and the ball starts finding your aiming spot, look down at your grip. That's it.
  5. horridvolley

    horridvolley New User

    Oct 27, 2004
    1. continental grip helps you swing the racquet on its edge before contact (assuming you have your stance aligned), increasing your racquet speed and general flow of the service motion. also, it would probably be *very* difficult to hit a consistent topspin serve with an eastern forehand or sw forehand.

    2. you can use the forehand grip if you want, i think there have been people that have used it, but it's just not biomechanically comfortable for most people though, myself included.

    3. if you're using a forehand grip to serve, most likely your stance is more open than would be suitable for continental (as in you are probably closer to directly facing the net). i think you'll be able to decipher this one yourself on the court, anyways.
  6. andyroddick's mojo

    andyroddick's mojo Professional

    Jan 2, 2006
    basically when using your forehand grip to serve, you won't be able to improve your serve at all. if you use a continental you have a much wider variety of spins (kick, slice) as well as hitting it flat. you also have a much easier wrist motion allowing hard penetrating serves.
  7. th41291

    th41291 Rookie

    Jun 9, 2006
    have you guys ever tried taking a semi-western grip and doing a lefty spin serve with's hard, but it's swing right to
  8. migjam

    migjam Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    You need to learn to use the continental grip for your serve. Especially if you are serving and volleying so you don't have to be switching grips while you are making your way to the net. With a continental you can hit flat, slice or kick. It's just a matter of practicing.
  9. retroceso

    retroceso Rookie

    Apr 25, 2006

    totally agree, after i switched to continental my serve got very consitent

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