SW forehand grip ends up in a Western after contact?

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  1. limitup

    limitup Professional

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    I've been trying to move from a full western to a less extreme SW forehand grip when I want to hit a flatter shot. But I noticed something interesting...

    When I start with a SW forehand grip and hit what feels like a good ball, if I look at my grip afterwards it's always moved over towards a western again.

    My first thought is that I am hitting the ball too low in the stringbed and this is causing the stick to twist in my hand and end up being more closed, thus I end up with something closer to a full western grip after I hit the ball.

    (This would make sense as my groundies are definitely less consistent when I try to hit with a SW. If the racquet is twisting that would explain it I guess).

    Does this sound about right, or am I missing something?
     
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  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Twisting not good, causing inconsistency and blistering.
    But full western is not terrible, Courier did it 15 years ago. Don't worry so much about what grip, just look at the results of the ball going to the other side. If you need more top, use more western. If you need to flatten out the shots, use less western.
    Results matter, so focus on how the ball is hit.
     
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  3. Jackie T. Stephens

    Jackie T. Stephens Professional

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    I actually knows people that plays like that, wristy forehand which creates unnecessary topspin
     
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  4. limitup

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    Anyone else? Bottom line if the racquet is twisting like that does it simply mean I'm not holding it tight enough, or ??
     
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  5. Sublime

    Sublime Semi-Pro

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    If it's twisting, you're definitely hitting off center. If it's twisting to a more extreme grip, then like you said, it's low in the string bed.

    Next time you're out hitting, try to ignore the fact that you have a huge racket face out there to hit with. Instead think of the handle extending into a bat that you have to hit with. This helps me when I'm hitting off center, your mileage may vary.
     
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