First thing you do when you walk up the
line, is get the right grip and the right stance. Not sure that it matters which order you do it in, but I’ll talk about the grip first and then we’ll move on to the stance. The grip that the pros use is called the continental grip — that’s with the index finger base knuckle on bevel 2. So, here’s the racket — bevel 1 is along the
edge of the racket — bevel 1. Bevel 2 is 45 degrees over. Bevel 3 is here — that’s
for the forehand grip — the East, Eastern forehand grip. So bevel 2 — put index finger there, and
that’s your grip. You want the edge of, end of your palm there, to be right down
at the butt of the racket — right at the butt of the racket — so it won’t slip out
of your hand, so that resists slipping out, if you swing really hard. So you start with that — the reason for that, is that, when you do the pronation, that puts the racket the right orientation for, having the contact, since the racket face is facing the service box. The second part, of this, is the stance. Stance, is: you put your left hip toward the net, you put your left foot, such that the toe is facing
roughly towards the right net post — you know, approximately — there’s a big variation in the pros — I’ve looked at a bunch of them — some of them are even closer to parallel to the baseline, but, but approximately toward the, to right net post, net post. The right foot is roughly parallel to the baseline, but again — you look around — some of them, the toes are pointed back away from the baseline, if they’ve got the — this one more parallel to the baseline. But, put it, you know, the sort of middle-of-the-road one, is to have this right foot parallel to the baseline. The one other thing is, you got the right foot back a bit, from the front, from the left foot, and the
reason for that is, when you go to serve, you want to push the right hip forward — you want to push the hip forward, to turn you toward the net. So, if you, if you have the start-foot here — pushing it — you don’t get as much push, and so it’s, it’s a little less natural of a turn — you have to, sort of, first, force the turn. So by having this back here — that helps you turn into the, into the net. So that alone, is, like, you know — side to the net, toe pointed, parallel to the baseline, [right foot] back a bit — that’s four, four things you got to do, just to get your stance, plus the grip, that’s five — now we’re like, a quarter of the way to 20 elements. So you can see that there’s quite a bit
going on, just in the stance and the grip.

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