Does using a smaller grip size change your forehand grip?

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  1. newyorkstadium

    newyorkstadium Semi-Pro

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    If I lowered my grip size, would my forehand change from eastern to extreme eastern, or semi-western? I'm thinking that if the grip is smaller, it might change the way you grip the racket.
     
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  2. IA-SteveB

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    I went from 4 1/2 to 4 1/4 and my grip stayed exactly the same. Eastern.
     
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  3. djdannyj25

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    I like using a smaller grip size because it allows me to use more wrist in my shot (I know it's bad for me), but my grip still stays at extreme western.
     
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    I went down a 1/4" on my grip (and in fact i don't even use a true grip but just an overgrip on the bare handle), and my club pro started good naturedly giving me a hard time about it... til he admitted he also went down a grip size for the same reasons! ... smaller grip size seemed to give more snap on strokes and serves, but maybe a little less stability on volleys as the tradeoff...
     
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  5. newyorkstadium

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    Bump. Need more opinions.
     
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  7. ChicagoJack

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    Hi NY Stadium,

    Short answer = No. There's been a shift happening in the tennis world at large as well as the pro tour towards smaller grips. The common view (already expressed here as well) is that this promotes wrist flexibility within the stroke which will enhance spin.

    But Also to Consider :

    1. If you are the tinkering type, if you are at all into customization, one might consider ordering your frames one size lower just to give yourself room for mods, or a thicker cushion grip like HEAD Hydrosorb. I ordered my Donnay frames as 4 1/4 rather than 4 3/8, because I played with HEAD frames for a very long time and got used to the rectangular shape. What I do build up the top three bevels, and the bottom three bevels using black book binders tape to give me the shape I prefer. It's kind of a personal thing, but with the square grips, I have more of a hard time sensing where I am, because each side feels so similar. It seems like there are also many who just hate the rectangular feel. If thats the case you could also do the opposite, build up the other 6 bevels, leaving the top two as is.

    2. If you have TE, be careful about going either too small or too big. You will tend to squeeze a bit harder with a smaller grip, as there is a bit less leverage, and squeezing too hard can be one of the major causes of TE, as well as a factor in having it hang around once you have got it. Conversely, if the grip is so big it's just awkward in your hands, that might cause you to squeeze too hard and aggravate all those persnikity little forearm muscles near the elbo tie in as well.

    Good Luck!

    -Jack
     
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  8. PhrygianDominant

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    If you are using a semi western I think it does. Changes in grip size and shape have a significant effect on my forehand grip. Eastern and western have the base knuckle parrellel or 90 degrees to the racquet face, where semi western seems to be more sensitive.
     
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  9. newyorkstadium

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    Thanks all.

    Does anyone agree that a semi-western grip is sensitive in smaller grip sizes? I am thinking of going semi-western and a smaller grip size.
     
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  10. J011yroger

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    Hold the racquet however you want.

    Use whatever grip size you want.

    Go hit the ball.

    J
     
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  11. newyorkstadium

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    It's too cold in the UK atm. I'm spending my downtime researching way's to improve my game.
     
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  12. prjacobs

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    It didn't change my grip position, but I did mess around with going a bit more towards western from my eastern grip. As stated above, the trend towards smaller grips is about getting more wrist in your shots.
     
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