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Eph
02-15-2009, 10:19 AM
Am I holding the racquet in the continental position on my serve here?
http://i40.tinypic.com/rrr1c5.png et http://i42.tinypic.com/2vdgw9z.png


Somebody (LeeD) mentioned on my last serving video that I wasn't holding my grip in the continental position. Here is a shot: http://i42.tinypic.com/2s8iu88.png

I went to a 4 1/8 racquet from 4 1/2 (Babolat from Wilson). It's built up a bit so should be around 4 1/4. If I'm holding the racquet properly in the first set of photos, could the reason be the smaller grip size? Is my hand too big, or can I adjust? Should I just send it to RPNY and have a custom grip mold done?

Thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks.

Jonny S&V
02-15-2009, 10:34 AM
Am I holding the racquet in the continental position on my serve here?
http://i40.tinypic.com/rrr1c5.png et http://i42.tinypic.com/2vdgw9z.png


Somebody (LeeD) mentioned on my last serving video that I wasn't holding my grip in the continental position. Here is a shot: http://i42.tinypic.com/2s8iu88.png

I went to a 4 1/8 racquet from 4 1/2 (Babolat from Wilson). It's built up a bit so should be around 4 1/4. If I'm holding the racquet properly in the first set of photos, could the reason be the smaller grip size? Is my hand too big, or can I adjust? Should I just send it to RPNY and have a custom grip mold done?

Thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks.

You are using an "Australian" grip, which is actually a grip used for volleying (called modified continental by most these days, I prefer the older name), but it is still suitable to serving with IMO. As for the grip size, you should use whatever's comfortable to you (just note the smaller grip sizes require a stronger wrist and may give you blisters the first few times out).

oneguy21
02-15-2009, 10:36 AM
They all look continental to me. I can tell your grip better by seeing the way you swing your racquet and make contact with the ball, so post some videos.

Eph
02-15-2009, 10:41 AM
New: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTbBvckYQso&feature=channel_page

Old: http://www.vimeo.com/3225398

oneguy21
02-15-2009, 10:50 AM
Your grip looks fine, but you're not using any leg drive on your serve. It almost looks like you're bending your knees even more as you hit your serve.

Try to bend your knees and use them as a spring to explode into the ball. It will give you a lot more power.

JavierLW
02-15-2009, 10:54 AM
New: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTbBvckYQso&feature=channel_page

Old: http://www.vimeo.com/3225398

They look more like the continental in the movies then in the still frames.

Judging from the 3rd picture in the OP, I think what is happening is an optical illusion.

When I first saw the first two pictures it looked like your hand was really underneath that grip (sort of like more toward the Eastern Grip) but I think that's just an illusion because of the angle your holding the racquet at. (it's hard to make out bevels in a still frame)

In the 3rd picture I can see the racquet more from the front and I can see the racquet is tilted a bit so your hand really isnt underneath the grip as much as it might appear it just looks that way.

But who knows? LeeD seems to think he can someone's exact grip from a moving picture, but I doubt it, everyone's motion is a bit different.

You seem to have a decent motion so if you are not happy with your results then dont worry that much about the grip, it's close enough.

You're rhythm probably just needs work and you need to practice. There is nothing that magical about the grip (within reason if it's close to the continental) despite what anyone says.

Eph
02-15-2009, 11:02 AM
Your grip looks fine, but you're not using any leg drive on your serve. It almost looks like you're bending your knees even more as you hit your serve.

Try to bend your knees and use them as a spring to explode into the ball. It will give you a lot more power.

Yeah, I know. I'll be working on this (and my backhand) a lot once I can play tennis again in ~5 months.

Did you decide on your thesis yet?

oneguy21
02-15-2009, 11:05 AM
Yeah, I know. I'll be working on this (and my backhand) a lot once I can play tennis again in ~5 months.

Did you decide on your thesis yet?

Pssssh....no. I'm gonna major in economics and get my Ph.D in that area.

LeeD
02-16-2009, 11:29 AM
JonnySV got it!
That grip between true continental to eastern forehand. Good enough for BorisBecker, JohnNewcomb, and some others.
Don't think grip is your problem. I think if you lost the 75 lbs., you'll find the old athlete creeping back into your tennis.
Like that musician guy, you might have a semblance of game, but it won't ever come out until you get into fighting weight and fitness.
At my sizing, 5'11", when I balloon up to say....160lbs., I noticeably lose quickness, jumping ability, consistency on low stretched shots, stamina, wind, and barely cover alley to alley.
At 138, I seem to lose power, concentration, and stability.
Somewhere in between almost actually works OK.