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volusiano
09-20-2007, 01:06 AM
Just curious on the origins of all these grip names like Continental and Eastern and Western and so on. Where do they come from?

Dedans Penthouse
09-20-2007, 05:22 AM
The "western" grip name came from players using the "western" on the hard courts of California where the ball tended to have a higher bounce (e.g. Bill Johnston). I think the "eastern" pertained to the grip used for the "not-as-high-a-bounce" of the clay courts of the east coast.

As for the "Continental," someone told me it was the grip used by Abe Lincoln. Another guy told me that it could be attributed to some European guy named Vox, hence the Lincoln Continental and the Vox Continental. obviously j/k

ktownva
09-20-2007, 09:20 AM
Let's not forget the rare but effective Alaskan Grip.

Jackie T. Stephens
09-20-2007, 09:21 AM
Let's not forget the rare but effective Alaskan Grip.

What?? never heard it, how is it griped and whats the advantage of that grip?

ktownva
09-20-2007, 09:28 AM
What?? never heard it, how is it griped and whats the advantage of that grip?

It's basically a western backhand grip, but you would choke up on the handle almost to the throat (extreme North-West, hence the name "Alaskan Grip"). It produces some sick angles when hitting approach shots.

mcpon
09-28-2007, 08:28 PM
Let's not forget the rare but effective Alaskan Grip.

^ Who uses it?

ktownva
10-12-2007, 12:19 AM
^ Who uses it?

Sorry for the late reply. It was a joke, there is no such thing.

lethalfang
10-12-2007, 01:42 AM
Let's not forget the rare but effective Alaskan Grip.

This grip is most effective when the player wears glove.

shrakkie
10-12-2007, 04:12 AM
This grip is most effective when the player wears glove.

Yeah, It's not the best grip to use on a hot day, one needs cold conditions to get ALL the benefits associated with this grip.