An incorrect grip will always hold you back in some way when you’re hitting your strokes as it will force you to improvise in some way instead of allowing your body to swing naturally. You also need to switch between forehand and one- and two-handed backhand grips quickly and efficiently as every tenth of a second lost fiddling with your grips increases the chance that you will hit the ball late and lose the point.
While there are many ways of finding the right grip for your strokes, we want to show you one method that also helps you be more aware of the correct contact point for each stroke.
The following method helps you find a very comfortable semi-western forehand grip, which is a grip we recommend. You can also use an eastern forehand grip, which is very reliable but might give you some problems on very high balls. To find the grip, hold your racquet by the throat in your non-dominant hand and extend it fully away from your body while keeping your arm straight. This method of finding a forehand grip helps you be more aware of the contact point too The racquet needs to be horizontal with the head on the right side and the handle on the left side. The handle should be just in front of your right arm so you need to reach across your body with your non-dominant arm. Then extend your dominant hand towards the handle and grip it in a very natural comfortable way without twisting your wrist. You will then very likely hold the racquet with the semi-western forehand grip.
The method for finding the Eastern grip for your one-handed backhand is very similar. Hold the racquet again by the throat with your non-dominant hand, but this time the racquet needs to be oriented the other way, meaning that the head is on the left side and the handle on your right side.
Extend your non-dominant arm away from your body and keep the handle again just in front of your right arm. Place the right arm and comfortably and naturally grip the racquet handle. You will very likely hold the racquet now with an Eastern one-handed backhand grip.
The method for finding the right grip for your two-handed backhand is very similar, and your objective is to eventually hold the racquet with an eastern forehand grip with your non-dominant hand and with a continental grip with your dominant hand. Follow exactly the same procedure explained above for finding a one-handed backhand grip with one difference – this time, don’t extend your non-dominant arm fully away from your body but keep it very close with just a few inches of space between your body and your arm. Hold the racquet closer to you and you’ll probably hold it with a continental grip when you place your dominant hand now on top of the handle, it will naturally grip it with a continental grip. Then simply slide down your non-dominant hand in a very comfortable way to the handle, and you’ll very likely hold an eastern forehand grip, two-handed backhand grip combo.
Once you master all these different grip styles be sure to practice them because you’ll need to switch between them to get the most out of your backhand play and to win the most matches!