First Eastern then Semi Western?

GAZ082

Rookie
I started hitting with a 4.0 player at my club and he recommend me to trash my SW shots to first master the Eastern ones. Being playing more than 6 months with the SW I'm feeling awkward when using the E grip. He says "your shots are not natural" when i grab the stick with a SW and double bended arm, but for me it's totally natural now!! My problem is just about footwork and seeing the ball, i believe that my hitting mechanic is pretty well. So, what do you recommend, should i learn first with the E or just keep working on footwork and seeing the ball with the SW.
 

JavierLW

Hall of Fame
I started hitting with a 4.0 player at my club and he recommend me to trash my SW shots to first master the Eastern ones. Being playing more than 6 months with the SW I'm feeling awkward when using the E grip. He says "your shots are not natural" when i grab the stick with a SW and double bended arm, but for me it's totally natural now!! My problem is just about footwork and seeing the ball, i believe that my hitting mechanic is pretty well. So, what do you recommend, should i learn first with the E or just keep working on footwork and seeing the ball with the SW.
You should ask a certified teaching pro who has seen your game. If they are good they might have a better idea of who you are and what you can do, rather than spouting off their personal opinion (which many times is based on just their own experience)

It all comes down to what is the easiest for you. If you only have a few adustments to make with the SW, then you should stick with that.

If your SW is horrible and somehow the E is easier then you should switch but not because it's magically better or anything.

I had to switch from the SW to the E, but that is because my SW was horrible and I was hitting the ball 3 different ways everytime anyway. The E was just simpiler for me to get down.

But otherwise switching your grip isnt that easy, it changes your footwork, your contact point and it probally takes a lot of extra work, especially if all you are missing is something easy at the beginning. (like the basics of getting your racquet back on time, training hand eye coordination, etc.....)
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
I started hitting with a 4.0 player at my club and he recommend me to trash my SW shots to first master the Eastern ones. Being playing more than 6 months with the SW I'm feeling awkward when using the E grip. He says "your shots are not natural" when i grab the stick with a SW and double bended arm, but for me it's totally natural now!! My problem is just about footwork and seeing the ball, i believe that my hitting mechanic is pretty well. So, what do you recommend, should i learn first with the E or just keep working on footwork and seeing the ball with the SW.
Absolutely not! While it's true that an absolute beginner is taught the efh grip, an intermediate player who is used to a semi need not go to an efh just to go back to the sw at a later time. That alleged 4.0 thinks like a 2.0 and you shouldn't listen to him.
 

GAZ082

Rookie
Yeah, what i thought then.

No, i do not have a vid, plan to have one soon so you guys give me a true hand.

I use continental when serving, slicing and volleying!
 

Litmstr10

New User
It is hard to tell without seeing a video, but you mentioned footwork and seeing the ball. Those are critical. If the SW feels natural to you, stick with it and concentrate on the footwork and eye contact. A lot of people talk about grips and equipment etc. in these forums. They are important, but my game improved tenfold when I got in great shape and focused on footwork. Just my two cents.
 

GAZ082

Rookie
I'll remember the clown thing when i beat the guy. So far, he is whipping the clay with my ass.

Edit: and it's getting dirty.
 

GAZ082

Rookie
Yes, specially now that the courts need some re-claying and you can see the gravel thing in some areas. He likes to turn them clay-red with my ass.
 

Anton

Legend
Don't ever try to do something that feels uncomfy for you. Stick with what you like.
this is a sure way not ever correct any bad technique.


But in this case, stay with the SW and just concentrate on creating momentum with your legs and torso. Be sure to send your weight forward for every shot and not hit off of back foot while your front foot is dangling in the air.

To start you might want to keep a closed stance for every shot and step into the ball.

Also, spend some time with the wall - that will steer you to better footwork, preparation and driving the ball
 
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Why not stay with the Eastern grip! Federer uses it. And it works for me too. Once you learn how to hit the low trajectory FH with enough of topspin to clear the net and see it skips off the court, you would wonder why someone would want to hit moonball.

This is just my 2cents, not an invitation for another stupid debate for Eastern or SW grip.
 

Anton

Legend
Why not stay with the Eastern grip! Federer uses it. And it works for me too. Once you learn how to hit the low trajectory FH with enough of topspin to clear the net and see it skips off the court, you would wonder why someone would want to hit moonball.

This is just my 2cents, not an invitation for another stupid debate for Eastern or SW grip.
Federer uses semi-western with exception of a few court situations.

Surely there is some middle ground between a flatball and a moonball haha
 

snvplayer

Hall of Fame
since everyone is being so negative, i will be the positive force.

W/O looking at your stroke, there is no way to tell. But I do agree with other people that it's probably not the best means to fix your problem. However, if you are not really hitting through or hit with too much spin, trying out eastern grip could give you what it's like to hit flatter and hit through more.

Try taking lessons with pro..
 
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