semi-western also good for backhand?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by textbook strokes, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. textbook strokes

    textbook strokes Semi-Pro

    Mar 21, 2005
    Hi guys: I'm so glad I discovered the semi-western grip for my forehand, that I can't believe there are still other types or grips around. I mean, the perfect mix of power and spin you can put in the ball is amazing!: You should see my oponents trying to cacht my forehands; they finish bitting the dust in the corners of the court! :D
    I would like to know if it is advisable to do the same with the 1h backhand. I think the path of the arm is a little different in the backhand, and with the semi-western grip the face of the racket is perhaps to closed.
    Could you fix this with bending your knees more?. Would you get the same results as with the forehand?. I mean; more power and spin?.
    Another tricky thing that i see is that the semi- western grip is further away to the slice's grip, so changing should be more difficult.
    Any thougths or experiences?. Thanks in advance
  2. finchy

    finchy Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    instead of calling it a semi-western grip, i'd think id would be more proper if it were called an extreme eastern backhand grip (which it essentially is) as it is no more functioning for the forehand. anyways, it allows for you to hit the ball more out in front, take high balls easier, and increases your ability to spin the ball (including more wrist action if needbe). IMO, i get more power with the eastern backhand grip because i am able to drive the ball more, but technique is the answer to more power.

    low balls are very difficult to handle with this extreme grip, therefore it is advisable to practice bending your knees more. but even then, there will be those low, hard slices that will be a pain to get back over the net.
  3. All Court

    All Court Rookie

    Aug 1, 2005
    Why not go "western" backhand grip (extreme eastern) at most? Still plenty of topspin, and still enough pace. Some people think that grip is too extreme already, and prefer a mild eastern grip.

    The extreme eastern is also the grip of choice for many pros.
  4. SageOfDeath

    SageOfDeath Guest

    The reason I like a 1 handed backhand is because I can hit low balls and hit on the rise with ease imo. Higher balls are murder but if I hit on the rise or move my feet well I will never have to deal with those now do I?

    The extreme western backhand grip is something I tried for fun, its really uncomfortable for low balls. And the only comfortable way I can hit a backhand with this grip is to have a high ball hit to me, or bend my knees more still with a medium ball. Its prefered by clay court specialists and is used to impart lot of topspin.

    A lot of people believe the perfect mix for a 1 handed backhand is mild eastern backhand as all court said, or extreme eastern bachand grip. (note this is totally different from a forehand grip check grip guides in the sticky of tips and instruction if you need to)

    Don't even worry about a grip change with a 1 hander, I find it easy to change grips during the takeback of a 1 hander. That's one of the reasons I was experimenting with the extreme western backhand grip. There was no benefit for me at all.

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