Eastern grip FH + SemiWestern 1HBH?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by horizon, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. horizon

    horizon New User

    Nov 20, 2011
    As the title says...

    Background: I've been playing often with a friend who used to be really good and still generates lots of topspin and a kickserve that kills my 1HBH.

    I found that I naturally spin the racquet in my hand to a semiwestern grip on the BH side (possibly even western). That helped a lot, especially as he comes often to the net and I was effectively able to return (or hit passing shots) towards his feet, making contact with the ball somewhere around or above my head height!

    I can deal with his shots on the FH with my normal Eastern grip, that's probably the one area of the game where I'm at or close to his level.

    However: is it a good idea to mix grips on the different sides? And if I do it should I hit my BH like that against everyone else, to develop consistency?
  2. BirdWalkR

    BirdWalkR Rookie

    Jun 14, 2011
    So your using a sw forehand grip for a backhand? Doesnt that turn your wrist into an awkward posisition?
  3. BevelDevil

    BevelDevil Hall of Fame

    Jun 10, 2010
    The grip you use on one side doesn't affect the other side, so the.short answer is that it's okay.

    However, going from Eastern fh to Western backhand is a big grip change which may cause problems against fast serves or volleys. Some remedies for this are using a continental grip for your ready position.

    About your by grip: what bevel(s) is your index knuckle on?

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