Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Power Game, Apr 3, 2005.
Grip Guide with Pictures:
One handed Western Backhand:
um thank you... nice racquet btw.
this is in the tennis magazine last issue i think but great post anyways.
2 Handed Backhand:
PLease keep in mind that there are many acceptable variations of any grip....
Very nice pictures. Thanks for taking the time to take and upload them.
Nice Head racquet, by the way
I'd like to take this time to mention a certain thing about one grip modern tennis...
...it is possible to use one grip to hit both the forehand and the backhand.
The western forehand grip and the eastern single-handed backhand grip are actually the same!
Also the semiwestern Forehand and western backhand...
powergame... i think they are opposite...
Powergame, that's a nice looking racquet, but could you take some pictures of it without your ugly hand?
donnyz they arent opposite, you just use the same side to hit a forehand as you do to hit a backhand
its a paintjob
duuuuude. sweet racket. i have the same ones. got three of those beauts. they're so awesome. i love em. they're even better with rubber bands as dampeners. i love the feel and spin. and the power! WOW! THE POWER! actually, there's pretty little power in those rackets, i'm just really strong. =) or maybe the spirit of Safin resides in my rackets... hehehe
What are you talking about?
Just a random thought, but everytime I see that racquet, my fingers cringe to the thought of stringing it with thick poly strings....
Sweet racquet nevertheless. Power Game, how hard is it to get deals with HEAD? I love that stick and wouldn't mind using the newer models either.
My wife just decided that there is someone geekier than I after she looked at this thread.
I'd also like to know... please enlighten me
Me? Why? I took these pics to help some kids with grips and I figured I might as well post them here so some people can benefit.
I use an eastern backhand grip and I'll be damned if that's the same as a western forehand grip. There's no way I can turn my wrist that far clockwise to hit a forehand with if I don't switch grips going from the eastern backhand to the forehand. I think you mean the western forehand and the western backhand use the same grip if you hit with the same side of the face.
I use a semi western forehand and an eastern backhand and they are mirror images of each other.
i don't get it, it just lokos like a LM prestige to me.
Many thanks for the great grip pics, Power Game. Now I have somewhere to refer to when people ask me what the various grips are. The grip pics at Turbo Tennis are too small.
Rickson, I think that you might have a different conception from most of what an eastern backhand grip is. I consider an eastern backhand grip to be first knuckle on the top bevel with the hand angled so that the line of the knuckles sits at roughly a thirty degree angle to the handle in the clockwise direction. A western forehand grip is the first knuckle on the bottom bevel of the grip with the hand at a similar angle to that of the eastern backhand, so if you hold a western forehand, rotate the racquet to the opposite side of the body, and turn the palm face down, you should have an eastern backhand and will hit with the same side of the racquet for both shots.
Maybe you consider an eastern backhand to be more towards continental, i.e. the top knuckle is on the edge of the bevel?
Bobby, you're thinking of a full eastern backhand grip aka western. The western forehand and the western backhand (full eastern) are matches, while what you're thinking about is probably a Hawaiian grip on the forehand side.
Hey Power Game,
I noticed that you also have a Head LM Radical tennis bag. Do you think you can take some pictures of that for me?
No, I don't have one.
Oh...I saw an orange, black, and grey bag in the picture and I thought it was a Head bag.
If you consider the backhand that I described to be a "western" backhand, then yes I agree that a western backhand and western forehand are matches. However, I think that many people refer to what I described for the backhand grip as simply being an eastern backhand grip, so an eastern backhand grip and western forehand grip would be the same. Also, I'm not sure why you think that I am thinking of a Hawaiian grip for the forehand. Isn't Hawaiian the continental grip with the wrist flipped around, i.e. not what I described?
Power Game: Good pictures and good effort. Your hand is beautiful!
I agree I think he may have mixed up the grips, but I'm not quite sure. Can anyone else confirm this?
The western forehand and the western backhand, aka extreme eastern backhand, use the same grip and the same side to hit with. The semi-western forehand and the eastern backhand do not take the same grip and are opposites in that they mirror each other. The eastern backhand would be the same grip as the Hawaiian grip.
I like his racquet better than his hand but whatever floats your boat
can anyone confirm whether or not they are mixed up and also what are the pros and cons of each grip
They are not mixed up, I promise. The more extreme you go the more spin you get and the harder it is to hit low balls.
Can't tell the difference
Hello all...I just found these forums a couple of weeks ago, and I think they are amazing. I've learned alot just from reading through some of the old posts.
Well, to cut to the chase....I'm having a problem seeing the difference between the Semi-Western and Western grips. They look the same to me.
When I play at net, I assume I am using an Eastern FH. From what I've gathered from reading the boards, Continental is the correct grip to use for net play.
I tried using the pictures posted on this thread for reference, but the images for Continental and Eastern FH look very similar. Can someone please help explain the difference? Thanks for your help!
Cool, it is the eastern backhand grip I hit my slice and topspin serves with, but I use an eastern forehand grip for almost everything else (forehand, flat serve, forehand vollies, 2 hand backhand). I am trying to force myself to learn the continental on one-handed backhand vollies since it is easier clearing the net on low balls and for serving flat outwide since it adds more spin than when serving flat with eastern. Thanks for the photos.
Eastern backhand (2 bevels, 1/4 turn, left of eastern)
continental (1 bevel, 1/8 turn, left of eastern)
semi-western (1 bevel,1/8 turn, right of eastern)
western (2 bevels, 1/4 turn, right of eastern)
This place is just awesome. Does anyone remember the music video for Blind Melon's "No Rain"? That's how I feel. It's nice to find other people who are enthusiastic about tennis.
Thanks for the photos Powergame, and thanks for the text description Kevhen.
I have the same racquet ... the mid anyway ... not sure what you have there
But what are those black and white things between the grommet holes and string?
And why is the overgrip so short?
Ok i'm scared now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Same as Naga, I can't tell the difference between the semi-western hand and western forehand in the pictures.
He probably uses a 1hb and doesn't need to wrap overgrip that high.
thats awesome nice pictures
acutally I have a 2 handed backhand, the overgrip was just too short. Yes, those are power pads.
I actually do have the same understandig of grips as Power Game.
To my knowledge the semi-western forehand is the exact same grip as the western back-hand or extreme eastern backhand.
These are actually the grips I use most of the time except I tend yo go more towards the eastern forehand when trying to go flatter on my forehand and more towards western on mid-court approaches.
What I find intriguing is that I can not keep the same grip going from one side to another. Altough the position shoud be the same they have some mino differences I can't tell.
Which grips are used for forehand and backhand slices? Volleys?
You use a continental grip for all those things. Here is a link to another grip guide: http://tennis.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?si...d=&tier=4&id=E0E25DFF246E45A4A9D6F005280C53F2
I'll post this link in addition to this thread in the 'Post Links to Useful Threads' sticky.
Continental grip for the forehand slice? That's wierd. I've been using the Eastern grip for that...
What's the difference between the Continental grip and the Western grip?
i use Continental for FH slice
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