I haven’t talked about the forehand grip, but the forehand grip for a typical club player is: to have the index finger’s base knuckle
on bevel 3. Bevel 1 is the edge of the racket, bevel 2 is 45 degrees from
that, bevel 3 is 90 degrees from bevel 1 — that’s the equivalent of the face of the
racket. So you put your index knuckle, index finger base knuckle on bevel
3, and that’s your, called an Eastern forehand grip. The reason for that, is when you swing the racket to make contact, the racket face is vertical naturally
without having to roll the wrist at all. If for example you did an Eastern
backhand grip and tried to just hold it naturally, you got the wrong racket face. Continental grip, which is, a lot of people use Continental grip — it’s in the wrong position. So, for example, if you want to use Continental grip and not change grips, you would have to, when you bring this up like this you would
have to roll your wrist to make contact. But rolling your wrist can cause timing
errors, because if you got a slower ball than you think, you roll it over too far,
and hit the ball into the net, or even down into the ground. So, by having an Eastern forehand, you have a natural vertical racket face without any effort on your part at ball contact. So when you take the racket back, one of
the things having a second hand on there helps with is, changing grips. So if you’ve hit a, a, a backhand, just hit a one-handed backhand, follow through, and then you bring it back, and, to both hands, to get ready for the next shot. If you have a forehand, you’re going to want to change the grip as to take the racket back, so I’ll do it very slowly. So I’m changing the grip as I’m taking the
racket back — so like this — so you, changing grip and taking the racket back. That’s one of the reasons to have both hands on it. Another reason is, if the ball is coming
over fast, instead of slow — having two hands on it allows you to get the racket back much faster than one hand, or, with less effort. You can balance the load of getting the racket back amongst both your arms, and therefore, your right arm, which is going to be used a lot during the game, gets to rest a little bit as
the racket’s taken back, because this is doing quite a bit of the work so that’s a big advantage.

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