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aznteniizboi
04-09-2008, 07:19 PM
I've been playing for about 3 years now and I hit with an Eastern Forehand grip. For some strange reason, I'm able to generate an extremely large amount of topspin from this grip, even though most books say that it is for a flatter forehand... So, recently as I started to play in tournaments, I found that I wanted to be able to add more power(pace) into my shots. I've tried to hit the ball flatter but it just doesn't seem to work for me. Also, I have already worked on consistency, depth, angles so I want to develop my power now(so don't tell me I should work on control or watever)

My friend uses a western grip, and is somehow, able to hit the ball flatter but with not that much spin...I guess the grip doesn't always reflect what the racket does to the ball. But anyways, I was thinking about switching to a semi-western, and i'm wondering if it would help me get more power to hit the ball flatter. Also, any tips about hitting the ball with more pace?

azn_tomato
04-09-2008, 07:23 PM
Power =/= flat shot
And switching to a sem-western shouldn't help at all...unless you have some strange *** swing.

GeorgeLucas
04-09-2008, 07:28 PM
If you're looking to hit flatter, chances are that semi western will only spinify your shots more. Change your swingpath.

Bungalo Bill
04-09-2008, 07:43 PM
I've been playing for about 3 years now and I hit with an Eastern Forehand grip. For some strange reason, I'm able to generate an extremely large amount of topspin from this grip, even though most books say that it is for a flatter forehand... So, recently as I started to play in tournaments, I found that I wanted to be able to add more power(pace) into my shots. I've tried to hit the ball flatter but it just doesn't seem to work for me. Also, I have already worked on consistency, depth, angles so I want to develop my power now(so don't tell me I should work on control or watever)

My friend uses a western grip, and is somehow, able to hit the ball flatter but with not that much spin...I guess the grip doesn't always reflect what the racket does to the ball. But anyways, I was thinking about switching to a semi-western, and i'm wondering if it would help me get more power to hit the ball flatter. Also, any tips about hitting the ball with more pace?

The Western grip in the past has been coined "the power grip". So no argument there.

The trouble is I also used to have an Eastern forehand and with the right technique, I had plenty of power to keep the ball in and put some steam on the ball when I needed to. Topspin and flat shots were not a problem if you have the right swing pattern and technique.

With that said, I switched to a SW (well I have an inbetween SW and Eastern) because I felt a better syncing with my forearm and my wrist/hand. As I got tired in a long match with the Eastern, I had a tendecy to spray the ball. I was tired, not quite getting to the ball as I was in earlier sets, and I noticed my ability to control the Eastern was more difficult.

So I made the switch. I have no regrets as I feel it gives me a tremendous amount of diversity, power, and spin.

Rickson
04-09-2008, 07:54 PM
I've been playing for about 3 years now and I hit with an Eastern Forehand grip. For some strange reason, I'm able to generate an extremely large amount of topspin from this grip, even though most books say that it is for a flatter forehand... So, recently as I started to play in tournaments, I found that I wanted to be able to add more power(pace) into my shots. I've tried to hit the ball flatter but it just doesn't seem to work for me. Also, I have already worked on consistency, depth, angles so I want to develop my power now(so don't tell me I should work on control or watever)

My friend uses a western grip, and is somehow, able to hit the ball flatter but with not that much spin...I guess the grip doesn't always reflect what the racket does to the ball. But anyways, I was thinking about switching to a semi-western, and i'm wondering if it would help me get more power to hit the ball flatter. Also, any tips about hitting the ball with more pace?

You want to switch to a semi western from an eastern because the eastern is too spinny and you expect the sw to help you flatten balls? That's a strange concept.

Djokovicfan4life
04-09-2008, 08:13 PM
I think you need to reevaluate your technique instead of your grip.

fastswingVD
04-09-2008, 08:16 PM
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Djokovicfan4life
04-10-2008, 04:24 AM
You want to switch to a semi western from an eastern because the eastern is too spinny and you expect the sw to help you flatten balls? That's a strange concept.

I know, it's like the Bizarro world or something. :confused: