The grip is a way of holding the racket in order to hit shots in Tennis. Many players change their grips during the game in order to suit the needs of their shot.
The Handle Edit
The Handle is divided into 8 sides to form an octagon. Although they're not all the same on each side, they do show the necessary bevels for the other grips. When a racket is laid down on flat ground, the bevel on the top is Bevel #3, or correspondent to it is Bevel #7. As you move counter-clockwise you go up to Bevel #2, then Bevel #1 on the farthest left side. In order to get the correct grip, the base index knuckle finger is positioned on the corresponding bevel with the hitting hand grasping the rest of the racket.
The Six Grips Edit
There are 6 different grips in Tennis, however because the octagon is symmetrical, they can be interchanged onto the opposing sides.
The Eastern Forehand Grip Edit
The Eastern Forehand grip is also known as the "shake hands" grip because when you "shake hands" with the racket you automatically apply this grip. It can also be obtained by picking up a racket on the floor. The Eastern Forehand grip lies on Bevel #3. This is the most generally taught grip to young people as the swing tendency keeps the racket flat allowing for easier contact with the ball, however many professionals are known to still hit with this grip.
The Continental Grip Edit
The Continental Grip is the overall grip for serves, slices, and volleys. This grip lies on Bevel #2, and is also known as the "chopper" grip because it is held the same way you "chop" with an axe. This grip provides very little topspin but is easily made to give underspin for many of the volleys and slices. The serve also uses this grip, despite the awkward feeling for beginners, it allows the racket to eventually travel faster than the person can do himself, giving the time of pronation in order to allow for a strong flat serve.
The Eastern Backhand Grip Edit
The Eastern Backhand grip lies on Bevel #1. This is mainly used for the one-handed backhand. However, it's corresponding side, the Western Grip on Bevel #5 allows for much more topspin on it's forehand shots. The Eastern Backhand grip is also sometimes the preferred shot for the Kick serve as it allows for more spin to be applied on the serve.
The Semi-Western Grip Edit
The Semi-Western Grip is on Bevel #4. It is in between the Eastern Forehand Grip (Bevel #3) and the Western, or Eastern Backhand Grip (Bevel #5). Although it is not hit as flatly as the Eastern Forehand Grip, it does transition partially into the Semi-Western grip which gives it more topspin than the Eastern Forehand grip.