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soyizgood
05-24-2007, 08:46 AM
What's the primary forehand grip you use?

I use extreme Eastern. Love the flat strokes of Eastern and get the benefits of semi-Western topspin. Doesn't hurt Federer's game either. :)

zapvor
05-24-2007, 09:31 AM
i am playing around with eastern for fun

Jonnyf
05-24-2007, 10:29 AM
Extreme SW nowadays.

soyizgood
05-24-2007, 10:40 AM
Extreme SW nowadays.

Isn't that grip hard to change to from a backhand? Especially since you have to hit the ball well in front of you? Just curious.

Vision84
05-24-2007, 11:06 AM
What is the Hawaiian?

soyizgood
05-24-2007, 11:13 AM
What is the Hawaiian?

http://tennis.about.com/od/forehandbackhand/ss/fhgripclosewt_5.htm

That's the Hawaiian grip.

croatian sensation
05-24-2007, 11:33 AM
Eastern!!!

soyizgood
05-24-2007, 01:47 PM
WOW! More semi-western than all other grips combined!

forzainter
05-24-2007, 01:54 PM
with more baseliners nowadays, semi western is the most popular for them isnt it? so it should be winning the vote

drakulie
05-24-2007, 01:56 PM
Eastern on both sides.

dave333
05-24-2007, 01:58 PM
Western all the way. I used to use SW but I converted.

soyizgood
05-24-2007, 02:53 PM
with more baseliners nowadays, semi western is the most popular for them isnt it? so it should be winning the vote

I knew SW was the most popular among non-beginners. Still, if 60% of players play with SW, that could translate into lack of creativity and limited tactics used. I tried SW, but it was hard for me to function as an all-courter this way. That and my lack of confidence in it was hurting my 2HBH, my best stroke. ExE just seems a natural fit for me. Can hit flat, topspin, and can roam the court easier.

I'm surprised not that many selected Western. That strokes generates the most topspin and hordes of power. I would try it, but I'm afraid of breaking my wrist using that grip.

jasoncho92
05-24-2007, 02:59 PM
I use in between eastern and semi western and switch grips accordingly from eastern to semi

dave333
05-24-2007, 03:26 PM
I'm surprised not that many selected Western. That strokes generates the most topspin and hordes of power. I would try it, but I'm afraid of breaking my wrist using that grip.

you just need to exercise your forearm or not even

I used to use SW, but I switched w/o too much problem. I just went to the grip that was directl between Sw, then to nearly full W
(i'm only 14 too, though that could add to my flexibility)

Teh_pwnerer
05-24-2007, 04:44 PM
I knew SW was the most popular among non-beginners. Still, if 60% of players play with SW, that could translate into lack of creativity and limited tactics used. I tried SW, but it was hard for me to function as an all-courter this way. That and my lack of confidence in it was hurting my 2HBH, my best stroke. ExE just seems a natural fit for me. Can hit flat, topspin, and can roam the court easier.

I'm surprised not that many selected Western. That strokes generates the most topspin and hordes of power. I would try it, but I'm afraid of breaking my wrist using that grip.

comeon i used the eastern and switched to the wester, ive never hurted my wrist nor my arm*shoulder etc, with 10 minutes with it ull start getting it its a good grip, the sw.. well i just dont feel comfortable with it

soyizgood
05-25-2007, 12:47 PM
49% use semi-western. Looks like the all-courters and serve & volleyers are in exile.

andymac1
05-25-2007, 03:10 PM
wth would anyone want to use Hawaiian? There are virtually no benefits

tennis_nerd22
05-25-2007, 03:14 PM
im hitting eastern right now... i tried semi-west but it didnt benefit by game.. actually it screwed it over :) lol especially my reverse-forehand...

chrisak47
05-26-2007, 11:42 AM
I like eastern mainly because I can drive through the ball more. Plus, I can run up behind the ball for topspin when I need it.

boojay
05-26-2007, 12:11 PM
i find the extreme eastern to be the most versatile grip. when i first picked up a racquet, this was the most natural grip for me, but since then, i've learned to use the eastern, semi-western, extreme semi-western, & western forehand grips as well.

Jyles
05-26-2007, 09:04 PM
hmm, can someone point me to a guide which explains all the grips, and the benefits / downfalls of each one ;). thanks.

LazyAzN
05-26-2007, 09:42 PM
Semi-western. Although sometimes when I topspin I sometimes use a western.

FiveO
05-27-2007, 07:08 AM
Strong or Extreme Eastern, between eastern and sw.

Prince_of_Tennis
05-27-2007, 11:27 AM
between eastern and semi-western so I chose extreme eastern...

Baghdatis72
05-27-2007, 11:33 AM
I used to use Eastern forehand grip but I got the ball wide many times so changed to Extreme Eastern. I can generate more topspin now but my 1 hand backhand has suffered from this change :(

I think that it has to do with the fact that with the Extreme eastern I hit the ball a bit sooner and since my backhand was always a flat shot I have to hit the ball a bit later if I want it to stay in and therefore it's a bit confusing. Any ideas how I can change my backhand to accommodate this change?

xie_419
05-27-2007, 11:58 AM
no love for continental?
is there a disadvantage to using this?
or an advantage of using semi-western (the overwhelming favorite)

Baghdatis72
05-27-2007, 12:38 PM
no love for continental?
is there a disadvantage to using this?
or an advantage of using semi-western (the overwhelming favorite)

With the continental you can't generate topspin whereas with the SW you can generate loads of topspin while hitting flat if the ball is hit at the right moment.

With the continental it's easier to hit the ball long because of the flatness of the shots whereas with the SW it's easier to keep the ball in and hit with a greater variety of angles.

forzainter
05-27-2007, 02:30 PM
hmm, can someone point me to a guide which explains all the grips, and the benefits / downfalls of each one ;). thanks.

this should pretty much sort you out on that one
http://www.tennis.com/yourgame/gear/general/general.aspx?id=649

soyizgood
05-27-2007, 06:22 PM
no love for continental?
is there a disadvantage to using this?
or an advantage of using semi-western (the overwhelming favorite)

The one advantage of continental is that if you use it for both forehand and backhand, you don't have to change your grip at all. You could use it for almost every shot from serves, groundstrokes, and volleys.

It is harder to generate topspin though. And if you choose this grip, I'd suggest you work on serve and volley. Edberg and McEnroe used continental, but their forehand was their weakest shot.

soyizgood
05-27-2007, 06:26 PM
no love for continental?
is there a disadvantage to using this?
or an advantage of using semi-western (the overwhelming favorite)

Semi-western is very good at generating topspin. You can hit flat shots with it, though not as easy as an Eastern. Because it's very good at topspinning, you'll rarely hit into the net with it.

The disadvantages are that you have to hit it further in front than an Eastern. And it is not good with low balls. Also, most semi-Western players prefer to stay at the baseline, so if you like net-rushing you might feel awkward as you're changing grips.

iplaybetter
05-27-2007, 06:29 PM
I am allcourt leaning to baseline and use a semi western, then again i play on green clay most of the time.

soyizgood
05-27-2007, 06:58 PM
http://vjtta.com/tutorials/vjtta_primers/vjtta_primer_on_grips.html

This site calls the extreme Eastern a mild semi-Western. That and it says No current player of any merit uses a full Western Grip today.

Bodacious DVT
05-27-2007, 07:21 PM
i use a eastern hybrid. i think thats the same as an extreme eastern.

topspin_17
05-28-2007, 05:44 AM
what do you call a grip where the 'v' of your hand is lined up with the long bevel of the racket? like inbetween an eastern and a semiwestern.

Baghdatis72
05-28-2007, 05:45 AM
what do you call a grip where the 'v' of your hand is lined up with the long bevel of the racket? like inbetween an eastern and a semiwestern.

Extreme eastern.

topspin_17
05-28-2007, 05:50 AM
ookey dookey, thanks baghdatis!

wyutani
05-28-2007, 05:52 AM
two-hander here. due to its strengh. im not really strong you know...

Andres
05-28-2007, 04:32 PM
The good old Eastern.

Andres
05-28-2007, 04:33 PM
two-hander here. due to its strengh. im not really strong you know...
Yeah riiiiiiight :mrgreen:

wyutani
05-30-2007, 06:30 AM
Yeah riiiiiiight :mrgreen:

nah. im left-handed.:grin:

Andres
05-30-2007, 06:46 AM
Which is odd, cause you posted a pic a while ago, holding the ball with the left hand and the racquet on the right one :D

Of cooourse you were just messing around, specially when you're equally good with both hands. Probably from piloting. And being an astronaut :)

wyutani
05-30-2007, 06:48 AM
Which is odd, cause you posted a pic a while ago, holding the ball with the left hand and the racquet on the right one :D

Of cooourse you were just messing around, specially when you're equally good with both hands. Probably from piloting. And being an astronaut :)

what pic, i dint post any pic a while ago...ur dreaming mate'...

Andres
05-30-2007, 06:50 AM
05-02-2006, 11:53 AM
http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/6928/h22ym.jpg
this is mine, sorry. the pic abit blur....blame the rain... :mrgreen: arent i short????

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=709532&postcount=3460

wyutani
05-30-2007, 06:52 AM
lolz, i wasnt even really hitting the ball...just holding it mate'. so if im holding the racquet on the right and it automatically means that im a righty eh? you need glasses mate'

Andres
05-30-2007, 07:33 AM
lolz, i wasnt even really hitting the ball...just holding it mate'. so if im holding the racquet on the right and it automatically means that im a righty eh? you need glasses mate'
Exactly! That's why I said: Of cooourse you were just messing around, specially when you're equally good with both hands. Probably from piloting. And being an astronaut :)

Specially being an astronaut. Really helps :)

soyizgood
06-04-2007, 03:15 PM
Semi-Western owned this poll.

Eastern is more used much more than Western.
Hawaiian used more than extreme Western or even Continental?

Only 1 2H forehand? I thought there would be more.

I'm still scratching my head at these results.

soyizgood
06-04-2007, 03:56 PM
hmm, can someone point me to a guide which explains all the grips, and the benefits / downfalls of each one ;). thanks.

Try this site:
http://tennis.about.com/od/forehandbackhand/ss/fhgripclosewt.htm

35ft6
06-04-2007, 04:58 PM
Semi western, but I wouldn't mind if I eventually went western.

NLBwell
06-05-2007, 08:09 PM
I'm one of the few Continentals here.
I've tried to put more topspin in my game the last several years, but just gradually messed my groundstrokes up until I could hardly hit the ball at all. I finally went back to hitting flat and have gotten better again. It's just hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Even though at high altitude there is far less margin for error on flat shots than at sea level (about the equivalent of a 7 foot shorter area to hit into) I'm still better off hitting my natural shot. I've always been able to hit big topspin with any grip from Continental to Western, but I've just never done it as more than a novelty..

Jabezhh
06-06-2007, 12:00 AM
our old tennis team captain used a Hawaiian to hit offensively and used a continental to hit defenisvely. It worked out pretty well for him, but he probally could have played more evenly with our leagues top players if he used a more conventional grip. To bad he went back to a semi-western AFTER he graduated.

tursafinov
06-06-2007, 12:34 AM
http://tennis.about.com/od/forehandbackhand/ss/fhgripclosewt_5.htm

That's the Hawaiian grip.

I was always a Semi-W for rally and Eastern for put-aways.
Since seeing this I have learned the Hawaiin and it's unbelievable how much variety of spin you can get depending on if you takeback high like Nadal or low like Andreev. I can even do a spinny but low shot if I go straight across like Verdasco.

Good thing my backhand is so stable cause with all that I tend to get crazy with forehands.;)

~Tursa

origmarm
06-06-2007, 01:38 AM
Very interesting. I would have thought the eastern would have done much better than it has. Intuitively I would have given eastern/semi western/western about 1/3 each

MasturB
06-06-2007, 02:01 AM
http://vjtta.com/tutorials/vjtta_primers/vjtta_primer_on_grips.html

This site calls the extreme Eastern a mild semi-Western. That and it says

Hmm that site is interesting... waht if you grip the racket further down near the buttcap where the bottomof your palm is literally touching the edges of the buttcap? I alwys thought that was what was considered extreme.

I know Federer grips alot of is forehands near the very bottom of the buttcapp whereas the hand pictures in that link are wrapped above the fat part of the buttcapp.

9000tennis
06-06-2007, 03:27 AM
We should take pictures of our forehand grips and post them here....

9000tennis
06-06-2007, 03:44 AM
http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/9628/forehandzj6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
That's my forehand grip. A western-thingy I guess.

soyizgood
06-06-2007, 03:09 PM
http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/9628/forehandzj6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
That's my forehand grip. A western-thingy I guess.

Nice to know theres other folks with Dunlops (Super Revelation 95). :) I'll post a pic of my grip later.

soyizgood
06-07-2007, 08:46 AM
Very interesting. I would have thought the eastern would have done much better than it has. Intuitively I would have given eastern/semi western/western about 1/3 each

Combine Eastern and Extreme Eastern and that would be roughly 33% of the vote. It's just that semi-Western voters made up almost 50% of the vote here. Not so many people use the Western grip, which kind of surprised me as a lot of pros go with semi or full Western.

I have not seen anyone use a Hawaiian grip. But apparently there is a cult following for the Hawaiian. Just trying to grip the Hawaiian is an futile exercise for me. But if they can use it, more power to them.

sinned
06-08-2007, 10:02 PM
I notice most younger players mostly playing western or SW-closer to western.

Most adults older than me :) are eastern or continental.

I stuck with extreme eastern because I began to play more advanced players. I had a western grip, but my attacking topspin game didn't work with them. Extreme eastern allows me to flatten out, or hit more topspin like a western grip just by pushing my wrist back. I also found that extreme eastern is more forgiving on missed timed balls. Although I could hit flat with a western grip, the two main reasons for me switching to extreme eastern: less effort, and easier to switch to defensive shots.

The Gorilla
06-08-2007, 10:54 PM
this should pretty much sort you out on that one
http://www.tennis.com/yourgame/gear/general/general.aspx?id=649

http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Your_Game/TENNIS_101/2006_04_19_grip_guide_3.jpg

in the picture of the eastern grip the heel pad is on bevel 2.
I'm confused...

rfprse
06-08-2007, 11:16 PM
somewhere between eastern and (weak) s.w., and continental for slice.

soyizgood
06-30-2007, 10:36 AM
I thought Extreme Eastern would be way more popular than Eastern. But it's about even. I'm still waiting to run into a player that uses Hawaiian. I tried that out of curiosity and unless you whip it high, it's hard to hit in.

Big Fed
06-30-2007, 07:03 PM
Lol im bettwen Extreme Eastern and Semi Western. I moving towards Semi so that what ill vote.

gbeast
06-30-2007, 07:04 PM
I think I'm just special because I think I have sort of a mix between something and something. It is easy to apply topspin or flat.

soyizgood
06-30-2007, 11:13 PM
I think I'm just special because I think I have sort of a mix between something and something. It is easy to apply topspin or flat.

You probably use Extreme Eastern then.

soyizgood
07-23-2007, 10:41 AM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=146124

LMAO. This guy actually thinks he should teach beginners the Western grip instead of the Eastern!

alizad89
07-23-2007, 01:20 PM
EXTREME WESTERN for EXTREME TOPSPIN!