NON Continental on server for 12yo

dainova

Rookie
Hi, anybody can say that it's still can be OK, I play with 12 yo, he played before somewhere so feels really comfortable with FH continental on serve( V bottom on the right side of bevele 2), I ask slice no problem, kick into ad box (right handed) no problem, very power too.
I gently tried moved him but didn't work at all.

Thanks for your opinion.
Mario
**I pro trained finish my comp career 25 years ago, familiar with all trends, pronation etc..
Have couple of students as a fun project.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Becker was able to pull it off. There is no wrong way to serve, the result is all that matters.

If he is shorter it probably works because the face is more open. As he gets taller, he will naturally change so he can snap down.
 

Chas Tennis

G.O.A.T.
Forehand grips are often associated with Waiter's Tray serving technique. Study the serving technique with high speed video.

If the technique used is not known the grip can't be determined......
 
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heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
I gently tried moved him but didn't work at all.
Gently doesn't work on this. You have to be firm about it if you want them to change their serve grip. It took me about two weeks to get used to continental. I have a simple trick for getting used to it. Though there are exceptions I would push through with it for both serves and volleys, slices, drop shots, overheads. Very useful grip option.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Keep trying as it becomes very hard to get proper and powerful pronation with an Eastern forehand grip and potentially injurious over time to the wrist.

if they just want to be a 3.5-4.0 hacker like a lot of us, it's fine. But it would be hard to get to the upper echelon without a continental grip. There's a reason virtually everyone uses conti grips (or slight variations) for serves, smashes, volleys, slices.
 

Friedman Whip

Professional
Becker was able to pull it off. There is no wrong way to serve, the result is all that matters.

If he is shorter it probably works because the face is more open. As he gets taller, he will naturally change so he can snap down.
Disagree. Being taller will facilitate his forehandish grip. Short people generally need more spin more continental type grip.
 
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