By eastern, I include a rather large array of slightly different grips, all the way from closely continental, up to nearly semi-western. I was wondering why would such grips better suit lower balls; and if it really is that versatile. On the personal front, I traded my full western for an eastern during last summer. I was in need of something that enabled me to hit more gently toward my girlfriend and it was just plain easier to pick short balls without whacking them using this grip. Witht the full western, I had a lot of trouble lowering both pace and spin while keeping control over the ball given that the face was so closed at contact. I am in the process of learning how to hit with it... just like back in my first tennis days. Lol Anyway, I wanted to soret out a few possible explanations and discuss it. Thanks.