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The FH Grip of Today!
We start from where forehand starts. How does your child hold the racket – the grip.
As you all must be knowing already there are primarily four grips a forehand can be played with.
Continental, Eastern, Semi-Western and Western.
For the benefit of those who never had the time to venture into too many details, we all know there are eight sides on a tennis handle butt, they are called bevels.
Now if your child is right handed holding the racket on somewhere close to –
Index knuckle on 2 bevel – Continental Grip
Index knuckle on 3 bevel – Eastern Grip
Index knuckle on 4 bevel – Semiwestern
Index knuckle on 5 bevel – Western
Ask your child to hold the racket today as they hold it while playing forehand and check where is their index knuckle is, and that is their FH playing grip.
If they are close to Semiwestern (SW) grip on their FH side, it is the most recommended grip as of today. As parents, we must know why SW grip is the most recommended grip on the tour.
Here is why.
Over the years the game has changed. Today’s game for boys and girls is finally fast paced in a particular age category. Your child will get to that age category before you even realise. Believe us.
Then they will meet the opponents with fast, heavy, full of spin tennis shots sooner or later. Not to mention great serves coming from the opponents racket also needs to be dealt with. Remember you try to go for a higher zone tournament, and your child will face these type of kids.
Apart from many other things, these are some of the weapons from opponents that will stop your child to move further into the draw. Many close studies have shown that SW is one such grip that can counter and stand firm with your child’s game in the hour of need. It can handle reasonably high topspin balls by coming over the rising ball quickly which is one standard way of handling high balls.
SW grip also gives enough strength and control to a player who is working towards racket speed acceleration for their shots. It is a gently comfortable grip for beginners too as the contact of the grip is such that a player gets that hand & racket support which is needed for good FH to develop. There is no denying the fact that topspin is a useful component of the game that must be the part of your forehands and SW grip also allows your child to impart the same in their forehand shots with enough power and precision.
What about other grips? Are they not as good as SW grip? Every different grip has their advantages, and it will be really out of scope for this article to compare every grip in detail. We will do another piece soon which will dwell into more information about grips.
So – if your child is playing with Continental, Eastern or Western grips – are they not correct grips to play with? Frankly, there is no hard definition of right or wrong when it comes to grips. However, let’s not also forget it’s important to look around and see how the professional tennis is moving forward and what developments have happened in recent past. We would encourage parents to research (google) and read more about the most adopted grip in today’s tennis and come to some conclusions of their own. Furthermore, our research has found out that SW or close to close to SW is the most embraced and taught grip today for all the right reasons and some of them are mentioned above.
Your team must have an excellent reason not to have your child play with SW grip in 2017! Last but not the least grip changes are time-consuming and must be done as early as possible. So watch out for your child’s forehand grip today.