Need Help Forehand grip inconsistent...

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  1. plum

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    I'm playing a POG right now and have gone down to a size 4-1/8 with an over grip. I find that more comfortable since I am trying to get some wrist into it for windshield wiper topspin. However I seem to be stuck somewhere just past an Eastern grip at best. The handles feels awkward and weird in Semi Western. I think it has something to do with the feeling of the bevels in that position. However I really feel I need to move my grip a half bevel around to be able to hit a more consistent forehand.

    Any Ideas? Essentially I think I am STUCK between grips. My preferred take back/back swing is with the racquet face pointing down like semi western should be I believe. However sometimes since I'm not technically in SW grip I end up with the racquet face not vertical enough and roll shots of my frame.

    Or if my backswing and grip or more eastern I hit long...

    I am thinking that maybe changing from the current leather grip with thin over-grip to something a little more soft might make it easier to get comfortable rotating my hand over to Semi Western. I just do not think I am getting enough spin in Eastern/Extreme-Eastern. I have heard people talk about "feeling" the bevels but I think feeling them too much is interfering with my ability to consistently get my grip into what should and could be the proper position for my attempt at modern forehand...
     
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  2. SuperDuy

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  3. boramiNYC

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    typical windshield-wiper motion (in SW and W grips) is not very compatible with the E fh grip. If you want to keep that EE fh grip, I suggest you close the stance a little or if you start open stance close the stance a little as contact is made by either pushing left foot forward or pushing right foot backward.

    for E grip, if anything close to WW is happening it's not as out in front toward the opponent and not as big as SW grip. mixing these up causes problems.
     
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  4. plum

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    Actually I can still squeeze my pinky between my thumb and ring finger so I really think it is about right....
     
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  5. Shroud

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    Hi Plum.

    First off I dont think the wrist is what gives you the WW follow through. That comes primarily from swingpath and takeback as well as rolling the arm, not moving the wrist. Here is a vid watch the whole thing particularly 1:20-3:25:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtuTHsFlfGg

    Said another way it is possible to hit a WW with a locked wrist.

    As for the grip, get a ball machine or a partner with a bucket of balls and just hold a SW grip and just hit forehands, not changing grips at all. Just hit a bunch of balls with the right grip and after a bit you will be able to move to that grip.

    if 4 1/8 feels comfy then use it but man that seems super tiny to me, though I do use bigger grips past 5".
     
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  6. LeeD

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    As said, while it's possible to use the wrist to WW the finish, it's more consistent and more replicable to ROLL the forearm over to achieve the WW finish.
    Shroud is around 5'11" tall.
    I"m a hair shy. I use 4 5/8 gripsize.
     
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