PROS that use Western grips

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  1. snakeeyes

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    Which pros on tour use western grips?
     
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  2. Swan Song

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    Old pros:
    Jim Courier(the father of?)
    Alberto Berasategui

    Current:
    Juan Carlos Ferrero
    Roger Federer
    Andy Roddick
    ...and couple others
     
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  3. snakeeyes

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    you sure about Federer? seems to me like more of a semi-western grip...a bit more eastern than western actually....
     
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  4. gmlasam

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    A better question would be which pros currentlly on tour does not use "western grip"? Seems like most use it.
     
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  5. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    I'll just start naming off a bunch. But to get things straight, NOT FEDERER! His average forehand grip (and I say that because he uses all of them if you watch) is more semi than anything else.

    Gonzalez
    Ferrero
    Roddick
    Moya (basically)
    Chela
    CORIA
    Safin (almost)
    Kuerten
    Hewitt (pretty sure)
    Massu
    Lopez
    Nadal

    ETC.
     
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  6. tennisnoob

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    Fedex is using Semi - Western mostly but does look like he hits sometimes with eastern to flatten out the shots more, especially when he gets a short ball. Otherwise he's constantly whipping his forehand with plenty of top spin with semi - western grip.
     
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  7. Anonymous

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    The pros change their grips for the surface they play on. You will see lots of eastern and semi-western at wimbledon, lots of western at Roland Garros, and semi-western and western at the US open and Australian Open.
     
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  8. Drizzt

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    The only ones im for sure of are Roddick and Hewitt.
     
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  9. tennisnoob

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    Roddick is using more extreme western...i think.
     
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  10. Hewittfan22

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    i use extreme western and i can pretty much tell by their take back and their swing follow through, im pretty sure federer is using semi western, and Im pretty sure roddick uses full western, and Hewitt , seems like hes using western but when i was at the open 2 years ago and asked jason stoltenberg, he said that hewitt is using semi, so i dont know,.and safin is defintely not western, more like semi
     
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  11. Rickson

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    Moya likes the closed face. Moya's a western.
     
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    i though he used a semi-western....
     
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  13. ufgatorkid

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    lol, nearly all of them?
     
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  14. 0range

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    Juan Carlos Ferrero.. for sure.
     
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  15. Jonnyf

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    Roddick uses an extreme Semi-western, Watch his interview with Jonathan Ross on youtube, JRoss had a cheapy racket and asked Roddick what fh grip he used and it was certainly an extreme Semi-western.
     
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  16. RoarTT

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    Ferrero, Nalbandian, coria, hewitt ++ uses moderate semi-western. Roddick and Robredo uses extreme semi-western. Nadal and Grosjean is at a half-western (closest to western grip on tour). John Yandell terminology...
     
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  17. psp2

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    I disagree with this. Can you site specific player(s) that would change his/her grip entirely from one surface to another? I doubt that you can.
     
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  18. Jonnyf

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    They don't, It's an absurd comment imo, A change in grip completely changes the swingpath.
     
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  19. Tempest344

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    Hewitt is like Safin he Almost has a Western grip
    but not quite
    but i would agree with everyone on that list
    also
    Robredo
    Gaudio
    any south american or spaniard basically


    and whoever Said Fed uses one....no way....it fairly obvious

    The pros change their grips for the surface they play on. You will see lots of eastern and semi-western at wimbledon, lots of western at Roland Garros, and semi-western and western at the US open and Australian Open.

    this is a stupid comment as previously mentioned
    it is very hard to change your forehand grip because your muscle memory is so used to hitting the ball in a certain way....no way that would Ever happen
    lol Imagine seeing Tim Henman playing with a western and Roland Garros then deciding to "switch back to an Eastern at WImbledon a couple of weeks later
    stupid
     
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  21. dunlopfan

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    Let's not forget about some of the women who use western grips...Nicole Vaidisova, Amelie Mauresmo, Francesca Schiavone, and Nadia Petrova.
     
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  22. Babb

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    Ha. I've never heard of pros changing grips on different surfaces... that's like relearning how to hit the ball!
     
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  23. babolatking

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    The most obvious is Rafa,
    Roddick
    Moya
    Ferrero
    Davy???
     
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  24. RoarTT

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    well, actually, non of them uses full western. :p
     
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  25. yourmom08

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    your mom uses a full western grip
    (yourmom08 uses a full western grip also :))

    i think the vast majority of players use western grips, pros that don't are in the minority if you ask me

    off topic i know, but anybody use a hawaiian grip? i think i have only ever seen it used by women for some reason
     
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  26. Serve n' Volley

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    ^^^ What the hell is a hawaiian grip?!?!?!?!?!?!?
     
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  27. racquet_jedi

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    I'm pretty sure the Hawaiian is a continental hit like a western...
     
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  28. RoarTT

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    That is correct. a continental turned 180 degrees around. Totally insane.
     
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  29. OrangeOne

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    This is patently incorrect, either you were going for humour and didn't quite make it, or you really don't understand pro tennis...
     
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