Extreme Grip on 2 handed backhand

tlm

G.O.A.T.
#1
Has anyone else had good luck with using a western style grip on the 2 hander?
It's probably just my strange way of hitting a tennis ball. But I am really trying to get a solid 2 handed backhand.

For some reason I seem to hit the best when I have the racket really closed on the take back, like almost as closed as a western forehand grip would be. Does anyone else do this on a 2 hander?
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
#3
Harold Solomon hit with a very strong SW grip on his left hand, and an eastern backhand with his main hitting hand, his right.
But he was just over 5'7" tall, and constantly faced high bouncing balls.
His doubles partner, Eddy Dibbs, at close to 5'9", used double eastern grip, hit much harder and lower then Harold.
 

Ballinbob

Hall of Fame
#6
Semi Western left, conti right works great for me. I've used the Western-Conti combo but it's hard to hit sliced balls and just didn't feel natural to me. If it works for you go for it
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
#7
Semi Western left, conti right works great for me. I've used the Western-Conti combo but it's hard to hit sliced balls and just didn't feel natural to me. If it works for you go for it
Ya I have used what you do and had some success, but the western seems to work better so I think I will stay with it. I was interested to see if any others have used this extreme type grip for the 2 hander.
 

rkelley

Hall of Fame
#9
SW left, cont right (right handed). I close the racquet face on take like Djokovic. I feel like I close it a lot more than video shows that I do, but nevertheless I close it some.

Get some angle between your shoulders and hips (like you should on your fh), and drag the racquet to the ball on the forward swing. That drag, along with pulling with the dominant arm before contact, is where you can get some good rhs.

W on the left hand doesn't sound like a great idea to me because one of the beauties of a 2hbh is the ability to block back on returns and when you're in trouble. With such an extreme grip on the left hand I think you'll be compromising that ability. The SW on the left hand is a good compromise for getting some power and spin on a normal swing while still retaining the ability to block the ball if needed.

I slice with a continental, one handed.
 
#10
SW left, cont right (right handed). I close the racquet face on take like Djokovic. I feel like I close it a lot more than video shows that I do, but nevertheless I close it some.

Get some angle between your shoulders and hips (like you should on your fh), and drag the racquet to the ball on the forward swing. That drag, along with pulling with the dominant arm before contact, is where you can get some good rhs.

W on the left hand doesn't sound like a great idea to me because one of the beauties of a 2hbh is the ability to block back on returns and when you're in trouble. With such an extreme grip on the left hand I think you'll be compromising that ability. The SW on the left hand is a good compromise for getting some power and spin on a normal swing while still retaining the ability to block the ball if needed.

I slice with a continental, one handed.
Your right about the drag part that definitely helps me hit it better when I make sure and feel like I am dragging the racket.
I only use this extreme grip when I am set up with time, because your right not good when rushed and have to block the ball back.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
#11
Doesn't it appear that Serena, DJ, and Murray hit with very weak lefty grips, and conti right hand?
They all have very late contact points.
Nadal seems more rightie eastern, a slightly more forward contact point.
 
#12
Doesn't it appear that Serena, DJ, and Murray hit with very weak lefty grips, and conti right hand?
They all have very late contact points.
Nadal seems more rightie eastern, a slightly more forward contact point.
DJ looks SW to me on the left hand. I see a lot of people say it's E, but it doesn't look E to me.
 
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