East vs West Backhand. Which is better?
During the last guide, we have shown and explained the ways to grasp the tennis racket when hitting a forehand shot. In this guide, we will show you ways to grip the tennis racket for the backhand shot.
We will be using the base of the knuckle of your index finger as the main reference point.
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Eastern Backhand Grip (Single-Handed)
From the continental grip (as mentioned in the last guide; bevel No. 2), the eastern backhand grip will be held one bevel anticlockwise to bevel No. 1 (opposite direction for left handers).
This is a versatile grip for the backhand which allows you to spin the ball by rolling with the wrist or to hit though for a more penetrating drive or even for a slice. The eastern backhand grip can also be used for a kick serve and volleys thus making the transition to the net a smooth one. This grip is solid to counter low shots.
The eastern backhand grip is not best for one to hit a topspin shot from around the shoulders as it can be difficult to control these balls.
Semi Western Backhand Grip (Single-Handed)
The base knuckle of the index finger moves one bevel anticlockwise from the eastern backhand to bevel No. 8. (opposite direction for left handers).
The semi-western backhand grip is the most favourable grip to return high balls with topspin as the contact point to hit the shot is higher and farther out in front.
As the racket face is relatively closed, it will not be suited to hit low balls. It will be a disadvantage for a player that likes to move in to the net.
Double Backhand Grip
For right handers, hold the racket with the dominant hand (right hand) with a continental grip (bevel No. 2). The non-dominant hand (left hand) will be above the right hand with an eastern forehand grip (bevel No. 7).
The double backhand is an ideal choice for kids or players who are not strong enough to hit a single backhand. The contact point for the double backhand is closer to the body as compared to the single backhand.
It is good to counter low shots and balls that are at shoulder height. Another favourable point is that one will be able to change direction of the return at the last minute.
Double backhands will have a limitation on their reach compared to a single backhanders. These players will also have their shoulders as hindrance to extend and execute a slice shot effectively