Boris Becker Serve Grip

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  1. Mr.Brightside

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    what grip did he use on his serve? i would assume it's continental, but it looks almost like eastern sometimes...
     
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  2. tribunal4555

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    I believe it was the eastern forehand, or "pancake" grip.
     
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  3. 35ft6

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    ^ Yeah.
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    Wonder if we'll ever see that again?
     
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  4. Kaz00

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    i heard he used a backspin serve...
     
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  5. Mr.Brightside

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    such a good serve, regardless...
     
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  6. boris becker 1

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    I have watched Boris Breshkvar Beckers 1st childhood coach give a presentation on this.


    He used what is commonly refered to as a aussie grip. The base knuckle was between bevel 3(eastern) and bevel 2(continental). Becker used very small grips. sometimes just an overgrip and no grip on the handles of his racket. Breshkvar claims that if Becker used any larger grip he would not have been able to pronate his wrist on his serve
     
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  7. Datacipher

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    EXCELLENT. The Becker forehand grip for the serve myth DRIVES ME NUTS. I've posted many times over the years that Becker's grip was between a true continental and an eastern, but if anything, it was closer to an eastern. Yes, his relatively small grip makes it look a bit more eastern than it is. But it CLEARLY and OBVIOUSLY was not an eastern forehand, despite commentators and other experts, who should know much better, saying so.

    Breskvar doesn't mention this specifically in his book on Becker's tennis, though he does say a continental or "semi-continental" is acceptable.

    Thanks for this info.
     
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  8. darthpwner

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    I used to use the aussie or semi continental grip on my serve and volleys. I noticed that the racket face was more open on the serve which made it easier to hit upwards, but it was harder to pronate, true
     
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