Forehand Grip=== Anyone move to Western Grip with much success?

  • silverfox

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    Aug 23, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    I have just started experimenting with using the Western Grip for forehand.

    Am I correct to say that for the most part this grip is the same as what you would be using for everything else? Backhand, service, volley?

    I know there is not a set rule but I would like to know if others are using the Western grip and changes that you have seen in your game.

    For me, It seems to be working well. Stronger and more accurate return of serve in particular.

    Any thoughts?
  • silverfox

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    Well thanks Dusty for the irrelevant....yet complimentary post icon_smile.gif

    However, I now realize I have been gripping all wrong. I actually have been gripping the continental grip for everything.....

    I am experimenting with the semi western for forehand, and continental for everything else but so far i am having lousy results.... icon_neutral.gif
  • bblance82

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    I think of the Western grip as being the complete opposite of the backhand grip. Your backhand grip has your index finger's knuckle on the thin, non-beveled face of the grip that such that back of your hand is facing the sky as you strike the ball, right? With a Western grip, your index finger's largest knuckle should rest on the thin, non-beveled face that is 180ยบ away from the face used with your backhand grip, such that the back of your hand is facing the court as you strike the ball.

    The Western grip is a bit tricky, because of how the face of the racquet meets the ball when you strike it. The grip's intent is to generate mad spin on the ball. It's hard, at first, to generate both spin and pace with the grip...not to mention get the ball over the net if you're used to other grips.

    Some people compromise by placing their index finger's knuckle one notch up, on the beveled face of the grip. That's what I do!

    Good luck!
  • silverfox

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    Aug 25, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    I think your compromise is the semi western no?

    Yes I will try to work through this... Lots of ball machines, lots of walls icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 02, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    . . . these days it seems there is no correct grip, except the one that works for you . . . on volleys, backhand slices and such, you will probably want to adjust to more of a continental grip . . . good luck and report back . . .
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    For my style of play, I have switched to a semi western grip (from a purely continental grip) which has worked major wonders with my game. Lots of top spin, much more consistent off of the ground, more control, etc. (I also shortened my swing which really has helped with my timing off of the ground.)

    I have tried the Western grip, but I wasn't much of a fan because I had more mishits and you have a pretty extreme grip which you'll have to change when you hit your backhand or volley at the net.

    I'm all about the semi-western, but as everyone else on the thread has stated ... A little experimentation never hurt anyone. =P