View Full Version : How to change stroke when switching from a Western to Semi-Western?

10-14-2009, 08:52 PM

That's between Semi Western and Western. If I move it more towards the left, it becomes semi-western and I'll be able to push through the ball more. I feel like that's a part of my game that's severely lacking, driving through the ball. I'll prefer a SW closer to Western rather than Eastern. Quite honestly I'm not even sure if my Western strokes are where they should be, but I usually start very low and brush up on the ball to get my topspin, and driving through the ball is very tough. If I use a SW, should I be starting at my hip level and pushing through the ball like I do normally?

10-14-2009, 09:24 PM
Either way the racquet has to be vertical a contact. Go to your contact point with your old grip and make the face vertical. Then without moving your had change to the new grip. Make appropriate comfortable adjustments. You will def be able to see why all your balls are going straight into the ground.

10-14-2009, 09:25 PM
strokes for SW is slightly more fron than western. thats all.

10-15-2009, 10:11 AM
Forward stroke for a SW forehand is slightly flatter than a Western's, meaning the stroke angle doesn't go up into the sky as steep an angle. SW produces a flatter ball than W, but not nearly as flat as an EasternForehand grip.

10-15-2009, 10:34 AM
You will have the same stroke, with a contact point slightly less in front (versus the western grip). Because the stroke stays the same, but your contact point is on the more horizontal/ forward part of the stroke, you will get more pace/less top spin.

try the change, and the first few shots will fly up (because you will be opening the face with the more forward contact point). Don't try to close the face with the western grip, if you are serious about changing. Instead, think about hitting through the ball to develop the feel for a proper contact point.

10-15-2009, 07:08 PM
Alright thanks for all your help guys! One of my friends might let me use his ball machine so I'll have plenty of ways to experiment with contact points and down to up motions with this new grip. It'll be so tough though because if a match comes up, I have to use what gets me the win (my current grip), it'll take a lot of guts to switch it during a real match but I'll develop the confidence to do that with practice. Thanks again guys!

Power Player
10-16-2009, 06:50 AM
I swing more sideways then down to up, if that makes any sense.

10-16-2009, 10:16 AM
^Do you use a Western? The more Eastern I go the easier it will be to go sideways. Ideally I'd like to be playing with amazing players everyday and constantly getting tips, but I've just started college and I get some time to play but not enough money to pay people to teach me about playing. I've only had 5 private lessons ever, and they gave me the most useful tips of my game: footwork, hitting the ball early, looking at where the ball was even after you hit it (like Federer does). I've had to learn everything else like how spin works (topspin goes to earth quicker but when you hit a ball with heavy topspin it goes way up in the air), blocking back shots with heavy topspin, returning kick serves, etc.