Photo Tour of the Forehand Grips for Tennis
By Jeff Cooper
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Continental Forehand Grip
The Continental grip places your palm on the upper right slant bevel, 45 degrees counterclockwise from the Eastern for a righty. This makes the racquet face tend to tilt upward, which is especially appropriate for hitting slice. You can hit flat with the Continental, but you must meet the ball in a weaker position, slightly farther back, than with the Eastern. The Continental grip can be used for both forehands and backhands, but it's rarely used anymore for forehands, because it's poorly suited to hitting topspin. It was popular until the early 1970s, when the US Open and the Australian Open stopped playing on grass and left only Wimbledon to be dominated by the low bounces for which Continental grips are best adapted.
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