Head "flat" grip shape helps torsional stability?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by maxpotapov, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. maxpotapov

    maxpotapov Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2009
    I'm doing a little research on how racquet geometry affects my swing.
    My main racquet is Prestige LM Mid with that signature rectangular/flat Head grip shape. By switching back and forth with other racquets with "square" or "round" handles, I realized that the reason Head grip shape is more comfortable to me, is that it gives extra leverage to keep racquet stable throughout the shot and prevent it from twisting.

    My other racquets, such as Prestige Tour 600 (338 grams) and Dunlop MW 200G (360 grams) have "square" grip shapes. While more convenient for two handed backhand and serve, I found them more challenging to keep racquet on track, especially on forehand. Extra weight or swing weight does not change much in this regard, LM Mid is still more stable with less effort.

    Sometimes I play with BLX90 with that round grip shape. Interestingly it does not twist in my hands much, which I think is due to extremely flat shaft/beam with extra wide PWS parts. So, I'm coming to conclusion that for thin beam racquets you've got to have extra leverage from the handle or more rigid flat construction to keep them from twisting. And, if my theory is correct, wide body racquets (24+ mm width) are designed with the same purpose -- to stabilize their "flight path" simply by the geometry of the frame.

    I would appreciate if someone can confirm or criticize my conclusions. Thanks!
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  2. keithfival

    keithfival Professional

    Aug 23, 2010
    I also prefer the flat Head grip shape and have modified the grips on a few other frames to match it and I know what you mean about it helping keep the racket stable through the contact point on the forehand.

    I was just thinking it was about hand size (I have large hands, a 4 5/8 with 2 overgrips is fine for me although I've gotten used to smaller). My hand sort of collapses around a rounder grip even a large one because it still won't be as wide as a large Head grip. But obviously you've thought about it more than I!!

    I also wonder if it depends on what grip you use. I use a semi-western FH which rests the butt of my hand right on the flat part of the head grip which feels very solid, stable and consistent (it just locks right in so it's easy to find the exact same grip every time).
  3. Broly4

    Broly4 Rookie

    Jan 6, 2012
    It's quite the opposite, but depends on your forehand grip, with semi western to western grips, rectangular handle shapes (head, all but the Speed line, Volkl, Boris B) can twist upon impact, when hitting a heavy top spin forehand.
  4. Bartelby

    Bartelby Talk Tennis Guru

    Nov 14, 2005
    I have a semi-western grip off both sides and I find the Head grip is more comfortable and stable for the reasons you mention.

    I can't say I notice any real difference in results after a period of adjustment to another grip, but the Head shape is definitely preferred.

    Its better for volleys as well.

    I can't see the attraction of the Prince shape for any hitting style.

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