My forehand and backhan grips

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by shazbot, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. shazbot

    shazbot Semi-Pro

    Feb 21, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Is it odd that I use a eastern forehand grip and a semi-western backhand grip?

    I tried to teach myself the eastern backhand grip, but I couldn't stop my self from always going into the semi-western position. My mind would put my hand at that position every time even when I was making an effort to not do it lol.

    The problem I am having is when I'm trying to go for a down the line shot with my backhand. I feel I have to much topspin on the shot, allowing my opponent to get to the shot. I feel if I could learn the eastern grip it would help with that (flattening it out).

    Is it a good thing to have two different backhand grips? Or should I just stick to one?
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Odd? Kinda hard to say.
    If it works, use it.
    Seems SW backhand should be great for hard slices DTL.
    Only thing I don't like about SW backhand is that you have to take the ball early. I need to take the ball early on the forehand side, so like to have a defensive slice backhand hitting the ball very late. My topspin backhand is early, but it's not my predominate backhand.

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