Advantages/Disadvantages of various grips on two handed backhand

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  1. high and deep

    high and deep New User

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    I have seen it written that the dominant grip for a right hander is continental right hand, eastern forehand left hand. This is also seems to be consensus among most teaching pros. What advantage does the continental confer over the eastern backhand for the right hand in this set up? Just curious if it allows more spin, power etc. thanks.
     
  2. rkelley

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    See the other 2hbh thread, but the grip on your non-dominant hand will be more important to most people since most folks hit a 2hbh like more like a non-dominant hand fh than not. Just like with your fh, if you go a bit more W with your non-dominant hand grip you'll probably have an easier time producing topspin.

    Jim Courier was a guy who used an E. bh grip on his 2hbh, but he also had a W. grip on the non-dominant hand (or close to it) and hit with straight arms, very far out in front. I'm a big believer that if you're looking at a pro's strokes that you have to look at the entire package, not just one aspect.
     
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    I would start with choosing a hitting zone and how you want to hit and brush the ball, and then figure out convenient grip and balance between arms
     
  4. BirdWalkR

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    I use a moderate semi western grip for my forehand and for my 2hbh i just keep the grip and turn my racket to my bh side and using a semiwestern with my left hand (im a righty) can someone give me the advantages and disadcantages of using these grips?
     
  5. WildVolley

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    I believe the main advantage to the continental is that it is versatile and the preferred grip for the slice bh. Most 2hbh professionals actually hit a one hbh on the slice and the most commonly used grip is continental.

    Going to the eastern bh grip with the right hand might allow a little more extension into the shot, but if the right hand is mostly along for the ride at contact, I'm not sure it makes much difference.
     
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    does anyone know a grip of the dominant hand in the case of Murray?
    One of coaches at my club says it is close to an eastern forehand grip
     
  7. Mahboob Khan

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    Some players use two forehand grips:

    Right hand Eastern Backhand grip
    Left hand Eastern Forehand grip

    The continental (RH), Eastern FH (LH): You can use the same (continental) grip for volleys and overhead smashes.
     
  8. Fusker

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    Aside from it just feeling natural to me now, that's a big reason I like continental for the RH. Having two grips (total) for my right hand, that covers every shot I want to hit makes it less likely for me to miss a shot because I was fumbling to find the right "home" for my grip.
     
  9. rkelley

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    +1 from me. I hit every shot with my right hand in a continental grip except fh.
     
  10. Govnor

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    agreed, this makes total sense and is why I do it too. Though I don't think there is much option as (to me) this just feels the most natural anyway.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    Someone can hit effective 2hbh's with any combination of grip you can think of, even double conti or double W....and any combination in between.
    Just like a forehand, it's personal preference.
    To debate the advantages and disadvantages of each combination would imply you do not play tennis, and cannot try the differerent grips.
    In that case, why do you care?
     
  13. Govnor

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    There are probably people that hit with grips we can't even imagine though.
     
  14. LeeD

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    Assuming you and the OP both play tennis, why can't you spend a couple practice days and TRY each different 2hbh grip?
    A grip that works great for one person might not work at all for another.
    Notice on serves and forehands, and 1hbh's, everyone has a different grip that works for them.
    Same with 2hbh's. Dozens of factors come into play, some not so apparent, like eyesight, injuries, physiological limitations, prior bad memories, and a host of other factors.
    And yes, of course, there are dozens of grip combinations we haven't seen.
    But we're talking about some grip that sorta works, right? At least up to a 4.5 level.
     
  15. Fuji

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    I hit a pretty monstrous 2HBH, and I use:

    Right Hand: Eastern Forehand Grip
    Left Hand: Extreme Eastern/Semi-Western Grip

    As long as you get enough core rotation and you are left hand dominant, it produces such a huge shot with such little effort, I love it. Plus it's easy to adjust how much spin you want just by how much you brush. On average I only hit about a foot above the net with my backhand, but it's just got a really tight topspin on it that is very "driving"

    Cheers,

    -Fuji
     

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