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Continental Forehand - McEnroe

The universal grip, in that one can (and McEnroe did) use it for the volley, the serve, the forehand, and backhand.

Reference points: The hand is toward the top of the racquet, the V of the thumb and forefinger are on the top bevel (line 1).

Point of contact: at the belly button.

Optimum contact height: knee level to bellybutton.

Feel: a flat or even underspinning hit, less racquet head speed than the semiwestern, blocking and touch more than power and disguise.

Pros and cons: a great all around grip for the net rusher, but never associated with topspin forehand weapons. Very good on balls below knee level. Can be used for the one handed backhand.

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