Grip for backhand volley

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  1. HughJars

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    Probably a silly question, but do people generally use the same grip for the backhand volley for the forehand? Conti?

    I find the conti on the backhand I dont get good impact
     
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  2. Lack

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    Yes, people use the same grip for the backhand and forehand volley, because they don't have time to change their grip.
     
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  3. boramiNYC

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    with conti grip the backhand volley is the easier one.

    two things.

    turn sideway

    slice (small swing) as you step into the ball.
     
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  4. Baxter

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    Yep, slicing on both sides and turning is what lets the conti grip work. It feels unnatural at first but stick to it, it's the only way to go if you want to get better.
     
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  5. andreh

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    There might be very slight variations in the grip, but yes, still definietly within what would be called continental.
     
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  6. TennisCJC

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    I use a conti for FH and BH but there is a slight shift in my grip when I go to BH grip. I shift the palm a little bit more toward EBH for BH volleys.

    Contrary to popular belief, I think there is time to change grips on volleys. Vic Braden taught using an EFH and EBH grips for volleys back in the 70s. He did a drill where he and another of his pros stood about 6-7 feet apart and keep a volley rally going while alternating between FH and BH volleys. They would maintain the volley rally with the ball in the air and switching grips on each shot. They had no problem doing it.

    I don't make a big switch and I would call both grips a conti but my BH volley grip is a little different. I make the switch as I take the racket to my backhand side. By the time the racket arrives to the contact area, the grip change is done.
     
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  7. grover

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    Interesting. I have served and volleyed for the last forty years using the Vic Braden method and consider it the strongest part of my game. In the last two weeks while changing my service grip to a Conti I have read that most feel I was wrong all these years. No one ever told me you use the same grip for all three strokes. The Conti on the forehand volley feels weird but I look forward to giving it a try. I am a former 5.0 who now plays to a 4.5.
     
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  8. RetroSpin

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    Same here. It's still a conti but there is a slight adjustment.

    I wouldn't put too much stock in what Vic taught. His book was great back in the day, but high speed video has shown some of his theories were seriously flawed, for example, the vertical racquet face to hit topspin.
     
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  9. Ballinbob

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    Yeah I guess if you're fast enough you can switch between an eastern forehand grip and bh grip. Continental seems to work just fine for me though, it's definitely a great in between grip
     
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  10. BevelDevil

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    Also, slight grip changes can be made even without the aid of the top hand. You can "roll" the handle using your index finger and thumb to close/open the racket face more.

    As for the actual grip, it seems like most pros use something slightly weaker than conti on the bh side. Some even use Eastern fh grips on the bh slice/volley.
     
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