Two Serving Grips to Consider in Tennis

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Tennis Grips
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Outside of her work as a financial professional, Shelly Grant has a passion for sports. In addition to following her favorite team, the Miami Heat, Shelly Grant enjoys playing a match of tennis when possible.

There are two types of serving grips in tennis. The Eastern forehand grip, also known as the “shake hands” grip, produces flat serves that barely clear a net. To position your hand properly, put the palm of the hand you intend to serve with on the racket strings. Slide your palm down to the handle and close your hand as if shaking hands with the racket. As you practice serving, be mindful of the tension in your fingers. The grip works best with less strain.

To add spin or a slice to your serve, consider the continental grip. It requires placing your hand 45 degrees counterclockwise from the position of the eastern forehand grip. You will notice the face of your racket tilts slightly upwards, which adds spin to a ball when contact is made. The grip’s versatility does give you an option to serve flat, if desired. This can be achieved by striking the ball further back in your swing.