Sampras's Grip

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  1. danieljss

    danieljss New User

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    Am i right in saying the sampras had an Eastern grip? Does anyone in today's game use this grip or anything close to it?

    thanks

    Dan.
     
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  2. Grimjack

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    Yes.

    http://www.tennisforall.org/Grip_sampras.jpg

    This, I don't know. Agassi uses a very mild southwestern, so he's not FAR from the eastern, and gets a lot of palm behind his FH, but I don't know if anybody's using a true eastern these days. More informed sorts will probably be here shortly. ;)
     
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  3. Ash Doyle

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    What about Henman and Rusedski?
     
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  4. danieljss

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    Henman i'm not sure about but I think Rusedski has a western or something close.
     
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  5. Rabbit

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    I thought Agassi lived in the southwest but used an eastern grip.

    Whatever happened to the good old Continental? It's still the grip of choice for many old farts.
     
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  6. @wright

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    I love playing against people with contintental grips. You can just blast the ball at them and they'll either just pop it up or it'll be long, since they have so much trouble spinning the ball. They can't hit high balls either.
     
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  7. SliceServe

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    The Continental grip rules for serve and volley - - - case closed. It takes alot of timing and experience but it is possible to generate topspin with the grip as well. As far as high balls, you gotta' catch'em on the rise.
     
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  8. Anonymous

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    Has anybody heard of a modified-Eastern grip? I kept hearing it in a book or something, and now I forget what kind of grip exactly it is. I think it means that the grip is not a true Eastern, but a little toward semi-Western, for example.
     
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  9. @wright

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    I think you're right, Prestige, it's somewhere between sw and eastern. Slice serve, the funny thing about hitting on the rise with continental is that hitting on the rise is a more modern strategy, whereas the continental grip is traditional.
     
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  10. Rocky Top

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    Alan, you are right for many continental grip players, but there are exceptions. There was a guy who played #1 for Marquette in the mid 90s named Jorge Gonzalez who hit huge, heavy toppsin off both sides with a continental grip. It was actually sort of a wierd, c0cked-up FH, but it was definitely a continental. He didn't have much of a pro career, but I think that had more to do w/ movement than his strokes (which were plenty big for me)...
     
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  11. @wright

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    I was strictly talking recreational continental grip players, which I probably shouldn't have since this is the pro player section-my bad.
     
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  12. Rocky Top

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    No problem - although because you brought up the subject I had to briefly relive the beat down I took at that moose's hands...
     
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  13. jun

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    I think sampras was pretty close to eastern.
    I think Agassi uses mild sw most of times. But he can modify his grip to flatten out or to put more spin.

    I grip somewhere between eastern and sw. Some people though I had sw....
     
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  14. Nosoupforyou

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    Sampras was eastern, and so is henman, but its a dying grip
     
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  15. boris becker 1

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    Henman is more towards a Semi Western
     
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  16. danieljss

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    apperently the eastern grip is good for fast courts with a low bounce. Probably helps explain why sampras won wimbledon 8 times.
     
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  18. Nadalfan89

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    Sampras used an eastern grip.
     
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  19. Limpinhitter

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    It depends on how you define an Eastern grip. It was considered Eastern at the time, but, that was before the current definitions started being used. By current standards, I'd say Sampras' grip is between Eastern and Continental. Most say Federer uses an Eastern grip and Sampras' grip is certainly closer to Continental than Federer's.
     
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  20. BeHappy

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    Continental? You think you could serve properly with that grip? Are you out of your mind?
     
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  21. Doubles

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    Are you saying you don't serve with a continental grip?
     
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  22. jukka1970

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    This post should be in the past pro section
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That's a description for my grip. It isn't a true eastern, but in between an eastern and a semi-western. Although I'm closer to the eastern than the semi-western.

    I think I grew up learning an eastern, but over time, my hand deviated from a true eastern because I wanted more spin.

    Never knew it's called a "modified" eastern grip, I just call it a hybrid. I can hit flat and a tons of topspin without changing grips during a rally.

    But I have all the negatives of an eastern grip, high balls are sort of a nightmare for me. :(
     
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  24. BeHappy

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    I'm saying if he thinks Sampras's Eastern forehand grip is a continental I'd like to see him try to serve with an Eastern grip like Sampras's which he thinks is continental.
     
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  25. drakulie

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    Sampras used an eastern for his fh. Fed also uses an eastern, although he at times abbreviates it to a 3/4 making it a modified eastern.
     
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  26. BevelDevil

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    I remember Pete saying he modified his grip depending on the surface.


    Most of the time, I think he used a grip in-between Eastern and Continental.

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    I also remember him saying he changes his grip even more towards continental on his running forehand.


    However, on clay it seems he used an Eastern.

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    Keep in mind that Pete really stuck his elbow out on his backswing, which closes the racket face
     
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  27. Rock Strongo

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    Why this necro-bump?
     
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