Definition of eastern grip in US English:

eastern grip


  • A manner of gripping the racket in which the bottom knuckle of the index finger and the heel of the hand are in contact with the top of the handle, typically used for flat forehand shots.

    ‘for the overhead slice serve, take hold of your racket handle in the eastern grip’


1920s: so named because it was originally considered characteristic of tennis players from the East Coast of the US.