For some reason thread heading like above generates most interest Now then, I was watching some abc special on my computer while swinging my racket. Now the reason for me doing that, is something that an open player told me today as I was showing my grip to him and his eyebrow raised - "Meh, eastern grip is old stuff, in todays game there is no time to take that long classic swing. Semi-western will serve you better in the long run. Full western is is not for you, it is taught at a very young age..and sometimes will necessitate a wrist surgery by about 19". So I'm not just swinging the racket, I'm swinging it with semi-western grip, gauging it's hitting merits and comfort. It seems that eastern swing is more naturally adapted to cross court angling of the ball, as it allows the wrist to rotate racket directly in front of you. The more western grip is allowing the racket to be further behind the grip and on the side of the body, so it seems it would benefit a stroke to send the ball to the inside out. Down to the idea: Use eastern grip for cross court, use semi-western for inside out shots.