09-30-2004, 09:38 AM
I've been reading a lot of books about the history of tennis and the early years, and have learned some really interesting things. One thing I was wrong about was I always thought that the western forehand grip was a relatively new thing that came about during the modern era. I was wrong. Bill Johnston used the western grip to generate exceptional topspin. He also used the same face of the racquet for forehands and backhands without changing his grip. ..and that was in the early 1920's. I'd recommend Bud Collin's Encyclopedia of Tennis to any player. Far more interesting reading than one might think.