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Eastern Forehand - Sampras

The basic and most common grip (though certainly not within the Spanish Armada). The hand is placed behind the racquet with the "V" of the hand intersecting line 2.

Reference points: base knuckle of the thumb is on the top bevel (line 2), palm is behind the handle, fingers are spread, the butt of the handle is just out of the hand.

Point of contact: between belly button and the left heel.

Optimum contact height: above the knee and below shoulder (see Picture)

Feel: flat or topspin, a long, controlled stroke.

Pros and cons: a versatile grip that handles high and low shots. Easy to transition to continental grip and eastern backhand grip. Favors an all court game. Rarely associated with the huge forehand weapons seen today (Courier, Agassi, Moya).

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