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rh310
05-01-2011, 12:14 PM
I've started working with a full Western grip recently, from a SW which I started using about a year ago and an Eastern forever before that.

There are things I love about it, but it's an adjustment for sure.

Is a Western grip the de facto standard FH grip in the pro game today, or are there still SW players doing well ? And Fed uses a straight Eastern from what I understand -- how many others do that ?

Satch
05-01-2011, 12:44 PM
where can i buy Western grip :P

most pros use SW and all variations from SW to full W.

I think that SW can be called a standard for todays game.

Sid_Vicious
05-01-2011, 01:01 PM
No, many players still use the SW grip. Nadal uses a SW. So does Murray, Del Potro, Monfils, Berdych, Almagro etc.

Stepanek plays with an eastern forehand grip.

dominikk1985
05-01-2011, 02:13 PM
I've started working with a full Western grip recently, from a SW which I started using about a year ago and an Eastern forever before that.

There are things I love about it, but it's an adjustment for sure.

Is a Western grip the de facto standard FH grip in the pro game today, or are there still SW players doing well ? And Fed uses a straight Eastern from what I understand -- how many others do that ?

what?

nearly all players in these days use a SW grip. federer uses an eastern grip, novak uses a western grip but nearly all other players use a SW grip.

I think a SW grip is the best grip for the modern game. you can generate loads of topspin and hit high (chest or higher) balls well (although not quite as good as western) but also flatten it out and hit low balls reasonably well.


Eastern grip:
-contact further back
-best for lower balls (mid thigh)
-not so good for high balls
-good for flat hitting

western grip:
-contact further out front
-best for high balls (chest)
-not good for low balls
-good for spin

SW is somewhere in between.