Grips - there are six main and very important grips to all of your hits. These grips are the eastern forehand, modified eastern, semi-western, western grip, and eastern backhand. this grips all use a "V" shaped slant for the thumb and index finger around the handle.
1. Forehand - The forehand is one of the basic and easy strokes in tennis. The forehand uses the most natural and comfortable grip, the eastern forehand. Whichever grip is more comfortable to you will improve your shot. This is shot with you racquet hand towards the net.
2. Backhand - The backhand is personally my favorite shot. This shot gives a lot of power to the ball and is a very defensive shot. The best grip for this shot is the eastern backhand. Your pinky finger should be at the bottom of the racquet in a comfortable position. You can also use the backhand shot as a double-handed shot. The double handed shot is for younger players with less strength. This stroke is shot with your racquet hand away from the net.
3. Serve - The serve is the most important shot in a game. The perfect grip for the serve is the continental grip. In a match you will have to serve behind the baseline [ shown on court page ] or it will be counted as a fault. When you prepare to serve you start with the racquet behind your back, throw the ball up and look at the ball. Follow-through across you body to the floor.
4. Volley - The volley is a short shot with no follow-through. You volley close to the net. There is a forehand volley and a backhand volley, they use the same grips as the original forehand and backhand shot.
There are many more shots but these are just the basics. I recommend a book called 101 Essential Tips, Tennis for all of your difficult and very simple shots.
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