I always noticed the peculiar way Sampras would hit many of his forehand volleys. Some shots looked like a compact fh groundstroke. I also noticed how he would often flick up the rackethead on fh half-volleys, with a motion reminiscent of his running forehand. I was also impressed at how quickly he could adjust to a short pass attempt by hitting a conventional fh groundie, rather than slicing the ball after the bounce. When I found out he used an Eastern grip for his fh volley, everything made sense. Since he's using the same grip for groundie and volley he can easily choose from the continuum of shots ranging from conventional slice, to flat, to topspin, to swing volley. And the more closed nature of the Eastern may have helped his half-volleys stay low. Anyone out there have experience using an Eastern grip for the fh volley? How do/did you like it? What sort of grip-change problems did you have (if any) when switching to a bh volley? Did this hurt a lot in doubles play? If you also used an Eastern grip for your fh groundstroke, did you find that it gave you more feel and options when at the net?