Agassi's backhand grip

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  1. Type40

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    Anyone read an article or know what agassi's right hand grip is, for his
    double handed backhand? He strikes the ball very flat and hard, something I want to practice.

    Right now, my right hand is in a continental grip, and when I strike the ball with the double handed backhand, i get massive top spin, but not enough depth.

    Any clues?
     
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  2. Don Felder

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    Well it goes without saying that its gonna be very difficult to strike it as pure and as hard as Agassi... I know I can't hit my 2H BH flat with that kind of consistency. However, I'd suspect that if your not getting enough depth on your 2-hander, you're not using your left hand to push through it as much. Focus on that rather than your right hand grip.
     
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  3. Type40

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    Yes that's a good point, I'll try working the left arm more in practice, one other thing i've thought about is, maybe agassi is twisting his wrist as he strikes with a continental right hand grip, that would allow him to strike the ball flatter, but I have not been able to get it right yet.
     
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  4. arosen

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    Great topic, I have been looking at his BH too, he seems to have both arms stretched out, elbows locked or almost locked. This way he gets a lot of control ( having a huge rack.head doesn't hurt either). Try hitting it with your arms stretched out, see what happens.
     
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  5. VictorS.

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    I was curious about Agassi's backhand grip as well. It's such a punishing shot. Here's a nice up close video of agassi's backhand (you gotta have quicktime):

    http://www.webtennis.net/atrp_sample.htm

    Also, I was watching the capriati-dementieva match...and noticed dementieva hits a similarly flat backhand. Anyone know if their backhand grips are similar?
     
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  6. tennisfreak

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    If I could have one players backhand, it would be Agassi's. Obviously I try to model my backhand after his. Notice the very compact swing, but- and this is an important point- before the racket head strikes the ball, he takes it fully back with his wrist, so that the racket head is pointing to the opposite wall. Then he snaps his wrist through the ball. That is how he generates so much racket head speed, as well as pace on the ball.
     
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  7. Type40

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    YI think you are right tennis freak, I have not tried snapping the wrist back like that, it loks like it could easily cause a bad injury, I find it best (read safest) from an injury point of view, to keep my wrist as rigid as possible, but it means not being able to really spank the ball flat.

    Regarding agassi's wrist, didn't he actually have a bad wrist injury some years back? Maybe this motion had something to do with it.
     
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  8. Kobble

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    The wrist snap is definitely the key to Agassi's power. It is more difficult to get that snap if try to push with your left arm more. You have to use both arms as one unit. Also, I do not belive it causes injury.
     
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  9. callitout

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    The grip doesnt matter its all about footwork. There are lots of great strokes with different grips and follow throughs, but the footwork is always the foundation. I could use Agassi's grip and I would still be a decent club player, he could use my grip and he'd still be top ten in world
     
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  10. tennisfreak

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    I have tried hitting backhands with a firm wrist follow through, like lleyton hewitt or marcelos rios. I just could not get the power I wanted. Agassi's backhand is like a whip, the motion generates a lot more rackethead speed. It is also harder to time, but if you hit it right, you can generate tremendous power and torque. That is how he gets all that pace and angle. It also feels great hitting a two-handed backhand like that.

    I agree that great footwork is a huge part of it, but it is a prerequisite for any great stroke. I think the whipping action of his backhand makes it unique. It allows for a very compact backswing, but still allows for a lot of pace.
     
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  11. Type40

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    I completely disagree, the quality of the ball streiking is primarily dependent of the grip, it is 95% of it.
     
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  12. Type40

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    The issue is not so much the pace, as the ability to strike the ball flat with pace.
     
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