Like the toss for a flat serve, you throw the ball up into the air slightly toward your right, but not as far forward into the court. Using a continental grip and hitting up, your racquet hits across the ball. The spin starts when the racquet first makes contact with the ball.
Grip. Most people are going to use a Continental (chopper) grip for the volley. The Continental grip is probably the most simple grip there is and it’s roughly the grip you would use if you were using a hammer or axe. If you look at your grip, you will see it has 8 “bevels” or lines that go around the circumference.
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The semi-wester grip falls neatly between the eastern and western and has become the most common forehand tennis grip in modern tennis because it allows for excellent topspin and quick grip changes. In the 90s and into the new millennium, players like Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis put the semi-western grip to work.
Getting the semi-western grip to strike the ball as the pros do is something you will have to practice, so get your practice socks on and get to it. At first, you will feel like no matter what you do the ball always goes into the ground let alone reach the net. To Jump or Not to Jump
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Eastern Forehand Grip. One knuckle rotation to the right (if right-handed) and the Continental grip turns into an Eastern Forehand grip. For clarification, your knuckle would be over bevel 3 rather than bevel 2. A benefit in using this grip is that you can hit the ball a little flatter than with a continental grip.
This grip from Head, a brand that tennis players love, offers a soft and comfortable feel, and is a great choice for all kinds of tennis players. The grip is engineered to give you enhanced sweat absorption, and it’s also designed to provide a nice balance between tack and absorption.
1. Start with a Continental Grip. The continental grip is usually the best grip to use for volleys. It allows you to easily switch between a forehand and backhand shot without having to adjust the grip. See the article on how to grip a tennis racket for more information on this and other grips used in the game.