FH grips on the pro tour

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by rh310, May 1, 2011.

  1. rh310

    rh310 Hall of Fame

    Feb 2, 2009
    NY USA
    I've started working with a full Western grip recently, from a SW which I started using about a year ago and an Eastern forever before that.

    There are things I love about it, but it's an adjustment for sure.

    Is a Western grip the de facto standard FH grip in the pro game today, or are there still SW players doing well ? And Fed uses a straight Eastern from what I understand -- how many others do that ?
  2. Satch

    Satch Hall of Fame

    Nov 5, 2007
    where can i buy Western grip :p

    most pros use SW and all variations from SW to full W.

    I think that SW can be called a standard for todays game.
  3. Sid_Vicious

    Sid_Vicious G.O.A.T.

    Dec 21, 2010
    In The City
    No, many players still use the SW grip. Nadal uses a SW. So does Murray, Del Potro, Monfils, Berdych, Almagro etc.

    Stepanek plays with an eastern forehand grip.
    Last edited: May 1, 2011
  4. dominikk1985

    dominikk1985 Legend

    Feb 11, 2011

    nearly all players in these days use a SW grip. federer uses an eastern grip, novak uses a western grip but nearly all other players use a SW grip.

    I think a SW grip is the best grip for the modern game. you can generate loads of topspin and hit high (chest or higher) balls well (although not quite as good as western) but also flatten it out and hit low balls reasonably well.

    Eastern grip:
    -contact further back
    -best for lower balls (mid thigh)
    -not so good for high balls
    -good for flat hitting

    western grip:
    -contact further out front
    -best for high balls (chest)
    -not good for low balls
    -good for spin

    SW is somewhere in between.

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