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Tennis grips
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Advanced forehand

More experienced players adopt a more advanced forehand grip known as the semi-western.

It is the grip adopted by most of the professionals on the tennis tour because it is the best way to add top spin.

Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis, who have three of the best forehands in the business, all use it.

Whereas in the eastern grip the palm sits behind the handle, with this grip it lies underneath.

This time your thumb and forefinger should form a V pointing into the side of the handle.

An easy way to find this grip is to simply put your racket on the floor and to pick it up by the grip, this will be pretty much a semi western grip.

It will feel awkward at first but once mastered, will allow you to return high bouncing balls with more power and aggression than a normal grip.

However, it is not so suitable for grass courts, where the ball often keeps very low.





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