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Kirko
05-02-2007, 09:56 PM
all this talk about grips jogged my mind the australian grip if I remember correctly its between the continental & eastern. I wonder if anyone here uses this grip? seems like it might be an altenative for guys like me who use the continental grip.

Ripper
05-03-2007, 10:45 AM
all this talk about grips jogged my mind the australian grip if I remember correctly its between the continental & eastern. I wonder if anyone here uses this grip? seems like it might be an altenative for guys like me who use the continental grip.

Sorry, but I believe, almost, everyone here is somewhere between eastern and western :)

Amone
05-03-2007, 03:08 PM
I have used it. I find that it's a very good alternative to the continental. The continental tends to force me to stiff-arm the whole ball, to keep my wrist firm, where the Australian doesn't have that effect to me.

Just my two-bits.

bluestreak711
05-03-2007, 05:25 PM
hmm i didnt know this grip existed but i might have slipped into it a few times when changing between continental and eastern i might have not have switched the grips completely and used that grip but thanks i'll add this to my grip vocabulary thanks and yes that is a decent grip i do remember using it but like i said didnt know it had a name or if it was real

shindemac
05-04-2007, 04:35 PM
Why r u playing with the continental? Did u play in the 50's, or did your coach play in the 50's? Stick with a more modern grip, anywhere from eastern to western.

Amone
05-04-2007, 05:49 PM
Why r u playing with the continental? Did u play in the 50's, or did your coach play in the 50's? Stick with a more modern grip, anywhere from eastern to western.

Shin : I'm 16 years old. None of the coaches I've met in my life who could've played in the 50s have ever advocated a continental grip -- in fact, the one possibility of someone who's 60+ and coached, strongly stood against my use of the continental (I used it for a few months, during last summer and earlier this year). For that matter, even the most famous continental-gripper I can name, John McEnroe, isn't old enough to have been playing in the 50s.

The continental grip is a fantastic grip for a flat-hitting, placement oriented ballstriker whose main focus is to end the point, or get to the net. I found while playing with the continental grip that there were no silly mistakes. I never mishit the ball unless I was swinging wildly, and I rarely missed my mark. The problem is, it's not a very agressive or stable stroke, in a rally-type situation. For hitting a short combo of shots (say, deep to the backhand and then smacking away an inside-in winner) that relies on power as well as placement, a skilled player with the continental grip can rule the world; the ball moves faster (less energy is lost in the bounce on spin, and the lack of heavy spin generally rewards in deeper balls, also helping to make the ball seem 'faster') and the risks are not any higher. However, for someone who is inaccurate, or looking to spin their ball in (I assure you, you don't need all that much spin to hit hard. It's just more difficult, and you don't get much net clearance) the continental grip is horrible. I'm sure I could go on for days about the costs and benefits of extremely mild forehand grips (Continental and Australian) but it would also take days to format properly, and keep on point.

bluestreak711
05-07-2007, 09:37 PM
Shin : I'm 16 years old. None of the coaches I've met in my life who could've played in the 50s have ever advocated a continental grip -- in fact, the one possibility of someone who's 60+ and coached, strongly stood against my use of the continental (I used it for a few months, during last summer and earlier this year). For that matter, even the most famous continental-gripper I can name, John McEnroe, isn't old enough to have been playing in the 50s.

The continental grip is a fantastic grip for a flat-hitting, placement oriented ballstriker whose main focus is to end the point, or get to the net. I found while playing with the continental grip that there were no silly mistakes. I never mishit the ball unless I was swinging wildly, and I rarely missed my mark. The problem is, it's not a very agressive or stable stroke, in a rally-type situation. For hitting a short combo of shots (say, deep to the backhand and then smacking away an inside-in winner) that relies on power as well as placement, a skilled player with the continental grip can rule the world; the ball moves faster (less energy is lost in the bounce on spin, and the lack of heavy spin generally rewards in deeper balls, also helping to make the ball seem 'faster') and the risks are not any higher. However, for someone who is inaccurate, or looking to spin their ball in (I assure you, you don't need all that much spin to hit hard. It's just more difficult, and you don't get much net clearance) the continental grip is horrible. I'm sure I could go on for days about the costs and benefits of extremely mild forehand grips (Continental and Australian) but it would also take days to format properly, and keep on point.

you tell'em cabbage you got the head (here's a thumbs up) i just had a thought since it is so close do you think it is possible to slice with that grip if so would it have a slight difference in effect and what else could you use it for and what different effects would it have on other shots

could you elaborate more on the austrlian grip
because you seem very knowledgable about tennis
i did enjoy oyur paragraph of information on the continental but i know a pretty much about the continental but ihavent really heard of the australian
so could you post a bit of information about it exspecially what kind of effect it would have on a slice shot(forehand and backhand)

ps60
05-08-2007, 07:34 AM
Did u play in the 50's, or did your coach play in the 50's? Stick with a more modern grip, anywhere from eastern to western.

Do U serve and do u volley ??

BTW, i use a Fiji grip on 1HBH :D

Amone
05-08-2007, 09:18 AM
you tell'em cabbage you got the head (here's a thumbs up) i just had a thought since it is so close do you think it is possible to slice with that grip if so would it have a slight difference in effect and what else could you use it for and what different effects would it have on other shots

could you elaborate more on the austrlian grip
because you seem very knowledgable about tennis
i did enjoy oyur paragraph of information on the continental but i know a pretty much about the continental but ihavent really heard of the australian
so could you post a bit of information about it exspecially what kind of effect it would have on a slice shot(forehand and backhand)

I'd say... could you use the australian for slicing, yes. But I don't know if I would. A good slice, IMHO, is one that stays relatively low and flat. The ideal grip for slicing, then, (also in my opinion -- there's arguments to be made, no doubt) is actually the other end of the continental spectrum; hybrid eastern BH - continental. For slice backhands, I mean. For a forehand, then yes. I'd say this is a decent grip for hitting a driving slice. However, I use the continental, so take that how you will.

The Australian is comfortable, though I'm not sure if I'd say its outside of the realm of contental grips. Basically, you get a lot of the same traits you get with the eastern grip, but you still have to have the same hitting paradigm (I can't explain it... basically, it's a more direct method of aiming, at least for me) as the continental, and you don't [naturally] get as much spin as a more extreme grip. I'd have to guess that probably the best shot for the australian, on the forehand side, would be serve returns, just because of its ability to hit all spins to my liking, on some level -- though I love heavy spin at times, and this is not a good grip for it.

I certainly wouldn't say I'm knowledgeable compared to guys like BB, or [though I am grudged to admit it] NBM, in technhique if nothing else. I just try a little of everything, and I recall my impressions well. So if you ever say to yourself, well I know that's not true, because Amone said it wasn't! You might want to check for yourself.