Full Western grip

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Ronaldo, May 15, 2004.

  1. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 18, 2004
    How do you get the ball over the net with all that spin on the ball? Tried it but cannot get the ball deep.
  2. finchy

    finchy Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    go through the ball more. u need a bit less brushing, and more pushing.
  3. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    Simply hit harder. I used to have an extreme western grip for accomidate for my hard swings and powerful racket. Most players can suffice to use a semi-western grip and not have huge spin. The real need for so much spin is for players with too much power and need to keep the ball in. So, if you want to continue to use a lot of spin, hit it harder to send it deeper. If you don't want to change your power then try semi-western grip.
  4. Tim Tennis

    Tim Tennis Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    Charleston, TN
    Tremendous shoulder rotation with a complete follow through.

    You got to love the game.
  5. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    Dog you know your stuff. Good explanation on why harder hitters need the full western. I have been slowly moving that way an adding more spin to keep the ball in. It sounds easier than slowing down your swing to keep the ball in, just add more angle and spin.

  6. cheezecake

    cheezecake New User

    Apr 13, 2004
    I used to have an extreme western grip and found that I was more inconsistent. After changing to the semi-western/western grip, I was more consistent.
  7. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I found switching to full western to give me a very dependable and consistent forehand. By nature, I like to swing fast and hard at the ball.. And with the added topspin that the Full Western gives me, I'm able to control the ball as to not go long.
  8. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    To get the topspin its a combination of the racquet face going upwards and and the same time its moving forward. The forward motion gives you the pace. The forward motion seems to be a combination of your body moving forwards from trunk rotation and also some from your arm moving forward from the swing.

    If you hit with just your arms and not using much body or legs the balls will have the spin but will often be short and go into the net.

    It would seem that the racquet face would be closed or pointed down on impact with a western grip but if you look at videos its almost parallel to the net on impact. Its like windshield wipers on a car type motion. Much more complicated than a swinging gate type stroke but feels really good when you hit the ball using it properly.

    Its much harder to hit long using western. The harder you swing the more topspin you get. If you chicken out and try to slow up the swing you get in trouble.

    Try to rotate your body while you swing, that should give you more depth.

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