Originally Posted by MickyMrochek
Ok, I will bite...hehe...here it goes...forehand Eastern, Western, Semi Western...backhand Eastern, Continental...
The Eastern grip is the easiest and most natural for beginners, it's just like you're shaking hands with the racquet. A western or semi western grip, is more for an advanced player. Remember, you can always change your grip. Grips dictate what type of game you play, but the Eastern grip is the most friendly grip to beginners and provides stability for both Top Spin and Slice. A continental grip (which can be used on any shot, overhead, serve, backhand and forehand) is the easiest for one that transitions from back court to net often, fact of the matter is it's awful for top spin, but naturally condusive to a slicing motion.
The Continental grip is for more of a natural ball-striker, requires timing and the easiest ball to hit is one that's flat. A western grip requires precise timing, you have to be so far out in front, but an Eastern grip just allows for that extra amount of time / margin for error most beginners need.
For more info: tennis.about.com