I've gone more western, now need tips

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by sanitarium, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

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    My forehand used to be a struggle between a Semi-western to sometimes a western, sometimes even during the same match. After a while i've decided to go fully western, possibly a bit extreme.

    Anyway in true western fashion I now hit in a completely open stance (instead of semi-closed which was a problem before.)
    as I've read before and also personally discovered you need the extra hip rotation / upward torque to get the ball over the net.

    Anyone have any ideas as to better this stroke? I've basically switched completely to a western and now hit with an open stance, and on low balls now I have to get so low I almost sit on the court due to the grip haha.
     
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  2. living4tennis

    living4tennis New User

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    Drag the buttcap up at the ball, whip the racquet head as hard as you can and squeeze the handle at contact. Touch your shoulder to your chin on the follow through.
     
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  3. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

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    What do you mean by drag your buttcap up to the ball?
     
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  4. TwistServe

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    He's talking about pointing the racquet butt to the ball, which allows your elbow to lead the stroke, and than the [wrist to elbow] follows behind for the extra pop.. but it starts from the butt cap pull.. heh i learned that from yours truely
     
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  5. TennsDog

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    Make sure you get your racket head below the level of the ball sometime before contact and keep your wrist relatively looser...at least looser than may be necessary for a less western grip. These things will help make sure you get the motion you need to really brush up the back of the ball for lots of spin.
     
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  6. Nosoupforyou

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    I did the same thing as you, i used to have a semiwestern and switched to western. It really wasn't all that difficult and now i can cream the ball on high sitters, and can still flatten out my strokes pretty well. I would, however recommend still using your semiwestern grip on low balls as i was simply having to many problems with low balls, I would use western for medium-high balls (medium because you said you wanted it to be your bread and butter grip) and go semi on anything you consider low
     
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  7. living4tennis

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    I switched to full western 6 months ago. Make sure you have a full western grip the index finger knuckle should be on the flat bevel underneath. This puts your wrist in the maximun laid-back position for full power. The butt cap has to be pointed upward at the ball as you line up the shot, it stays ahead of the rackethead at and through contact. By sweezing the handle at contact while pushing with your palm you get more leverage. Hope this isn't too confusing.
     
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  8. rocky b

    rocky b Guest

    Take a lesson
     
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  9. sanitarium

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    I'm the local instructor, thanks.
     
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