Photo Tour of the One-Handed Backhand Grips
By Jeff Cooper
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Full Eastern Backhand Grip
The Full Eastern backhand grip (sometimes confused with Western or Semi-Western: see below) centers your palm on the top plane of your racquet handle. (To place your palm on a given plane of your handle, place the base knuckle of your index finger on that plane.) This grip offers the most solid support for the racquet, whether you're hitting topspin or slice, but it requires a point of contact well in front of your body, which causes some players to meet the ball too late. Such players often find the Eastern (sometimes called Modified Eastern) grip a little easier.