Two fundamentals in tennis are grips andserves. We will talk about the types of grips youuse and when to use them. We will also be talking about which serves touse when you’re in your match play.
Continental Grip• The continental Grip is the best grip for people who serve a kick serve and for a doubles match.
Western Grip• The western grip is best used for the players of advanced skills. A lot of college players use the western grip. Western grip is a huge over grip of the racket. When you hit the ball with the racket sideways it creates very good spin.
Eastern Grip• Eastern grip is for young players. The eastern grip is griping the racket in a manner that is most natural and comfortable for you. Most players in junior high and high school use an eastern grip when playing.
Power Grip• The power grip is for the most advanced player. For example, Roger Federer uses a power grip. The power grip is good for people who hit flat and have a flat or heavy serve. Many pros use this grip.
Kick Serve• The kick serve is designed to make your opponent miss the return. The kick serve is for the real advanced players. It has such a heavy spin on the serve it kicks up to the opponents head. This serve is very effective for a lot of older high school and college players. The kick serve is used as a deadly weapon in someones serving options.
Slice Serve• The slice serve is for players who do not hit with a lot of power or pace. This serve sends the returner out wide off the court to return the serve which gives the server time to place the ball anywhere on the court. The players that use the slice serve are players who can place the ball very well.
Flat Serve• The flat serve is a serve that is hit without turning the racket to angle the ball which gives a hard serve that is very quick and spins really slowly. The most common serve for college tennis players is the flat serve because it aces the opponent.
Conclusion• The most fundamental components of playing tennis are grips and serves. Knowing what kind of grips and service options, and when to use them, gives a skilled player more options and keeps the opponent guessing which is a huge advantage to a player.• Once you have mastered these two fundamentals you are on your way to becoming a good tennis player.