One handed backhand with a continental / semi-eastern grip

I still hit my one-handed backhand with an in-between continental and an eastern grip.

I can hit a decent flat and slice with good control. Topspin backhand is not my forte. (I could also hit a decent 2H backhand in practice, but I have more confidence with 1H BH).
When I switch to eastern, my shots go straight to the net.

My question:

1. Does anyone of you play like this, with a continental, and with any success?

2. Is it worth switching to eastern?

3. If I do switch to eastern, will it just be an adjustment period for my shots to start going over the net? I am not sure if this is a worthy exercise.
(I am in the late forties, between 3.5 and 4)
 

papado

New User
I think you have issues with your switch to eastern because you're used to having your wrist in a [more closed] position which has the continental grip with a flat racket face at contact, while the same wrist position with an eastern will certainly dump the ball into the net every time. You may also have a very horizontal swing path from using the continental grip (and you mentioning that topspin isn't your strong point now), so you'll have to adjust to a swing with a little more low-to-high action and adjusting your wrist positioning with a different grip.

If you have a consistent stroke now then you may not really be in a position to make the change depending on your desire to change your swing+grip. I think it might take a lot of reps and practice to get it more natural to you and if you're concerned with the time to get it done or the ability to compete in matches, it may not be an endeavor 'worth' going through. If you're open to changing and putting in some reps, then I think the change is worthwhile as I've found the eastern grip to be an improvement over the continental variations.
 

lim

Professional
I used eastern grip for 1hbh initally and while rally/neutral balls were okay for me, putting away short balls was unpredictable for me. Could apply plenty of RHS but the wrong combination of spin + drive would send them into the net or long.

I slowly started moving my grip towards continental and my bh drive improved immensely - better depth and much more penetration. I also find neutralizing heavy incoming balls much easier.

I think a huge consideration is how early you take the ball because contact point is definitely affected by the grip. For eastern grip I definitely preferred the ball higher in the strike zone so I could get more under it. If I get a very loopy ball/lob I will consciously go full eastern and give myself more time for preparation. For semi eastern I will naturally try to take the ball on the rise and redirect the pace. Roger is a good example.
 

BevelDevil

Hall of Fame
Yes, it's worth it. Just keep in mind you need to move your contact point much further forward to clear the net. Also, check out the many top rated youtube videos on 1hbh. The quality of 1hbh videos on youtube has improved drastically over the last 10 years.
 

pencilcheck

Hall of Fame
I still hit my one-handed backhand with an in-between continental and an eastern grip.

I can hit a decent flat and slice with good control. Topspin backhand is not my forte. (I could also hit a decent 2H backhand in practice, but I have more confidence with 1H BH).
When I switch to eastern, my shots go straight to the net.

My question:

1. Does anyone of you play like this, with a continental, and with any success?

2. Is it worth switching to eastern?

3. If I do switch to eastern, will it just be an adjustment period for my shots to start going over the net? I am not sure if this is a worthy exercise.
(I am in the late forties, between 3.5 and 4)
Full eastern is worth it if you know how to hit a proper topspin 1hbh.
Switching to full eastern got me from feeling my forehand is my power shot to my 1hbh becoming my strongest shot and I can constantly hit very good winner off of it.
 

Curious

G.O.A.T.
Full eastern is worth it if you know how to hit a proper topspin 1hbh.
Switching to full eastern got me from feeling my forehand is my power shot to my 1hbh becoming my strongest shot and I can constantly hit very good winner off of it.
I thought you had a 2hbh.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I still hit my one-handed backhand with an in-between continental and an eastern grip.

I can hit a decent flat and slice with good control. Topspin backhand is not my forte. (I could also hit a decent 2H backhand in practice, but I have more confidence with 1H BH).
When I switch to eastern, my shots go straight to the net.

My question:

1. Does anyone of you play like this, with a continental, and with any success?

2. Is it worth switching to eastern?

3. If I do switch to eastern, will it just be an adjustment period for my shots to start going over the net? I am not sure if this is a worthy exercise.
(I am in the late forties, between 3.5 and 4)
1. I have not played with anyone under the age of 60 who has a continental grip 1HBH. But, there are older players who play like that and they slice more often than hitting drives during rallies. They might hit some flat BH drives as passing shots, but I’ve never met a player with a good topspin BH with a continental grip.
2. What are your goals in tennis? Whether it is worth switching will depend on that. If you are a singles player losing a lot of matches and want to win more or if you want to get bumped up to a higher level of USTA league/tournament singles play, it might be worth it. Otherwise, it is a big change and if you mostly play doubles or only socially with the same group of players, it might not be worth it.
3. A grip change is a major change and I would not advise doing it without taking some lessons from a coach and having the coach help you with some drills to improve. He will probably start with hand-feed drills and then go through a progression. The length of the adjustment period will depend on how many hours you are willing to invest in structured play like lessons and drills. If you play only matches, it is very tough to implement a grip change successfully at your level.
 

Dragy

Legend
If it’s at least semi-eastern, you can play with it with no doubt. Roger does after all. You get easier punch with shorter prep when you need. You can hit lowish penetrating balls. You can hit TS lobs perfectly with it.
What you maybe lack is sharp CC dipping drive and big TS arcing drive, but those are not just grip reliant - they are demanding in terms of techniques, early prep and athletic execution.
 
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