the grips

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Bach3387, May 22, 2004.

  1. Bach3387

    Bach3387 New User

    Mar 8, 2004
    what kind of grips do most pros use, western or semi western on the FH? do most pros change their grips depending on if the ball is high or low? what kind of FH grips do Coria, Federer, Ferrero, Safin, and Hewitt use? is the modern tennis game of baseline play made up of western grips now? and, which do you guys, and girls feel is better for baseline play? thanks
  2. Nosoupforyou

    Nosoupforyou Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    most use sw, then western, then eastern, alot of pros dont use the exact brip but somewhere in between two of the grips, federer seems pretty sw, coria is western for sure, safin leans to the sw western side, but is a little western of a sw, im guessing ferrero and hewitt are western, don't quote me on that though, yes they do change grips depending on the shot, usually only if it is an extreme one though
  3. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

    PureCarlosMoyaDrive Professional

    Feb 11, 2004
    No soup basically has it right. I would say that the majority of pros use in-between western and semi. A lot use Western, but I bet semi is more popular because even clay courters use it a lot.
  4. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
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    i think you can kind of tell by their ball flight and what kind of grips they play. ..baseline grinders would tend to be more western and all courters and s.v more towards eastern. <in general> but i think many of the pro's, especially the all courters use a variety of grips and i bet some of them dont even know what to call them. they just know how to grip their axe based upon what they get dealt and what type of shot they are trying to shape. i know fed sez he doesnt even know what the grips he uses are called. .ed
  5. Ballmachine

    Ballmachine Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2004
    It's funny that you should mention grips, because I got to check out the charity match between John McEnroe and Jim Courier on Fox Sports the other day. It was a pleasure to watch McEnroe using his "old school" game, which consists of the continental grip on every shot. John is still able to hit the ball on a dime to any part of the court that he wants, from the baseline to the net. Plus, he can hit the ball flat, or with topspin, or with underspin. His variety of shot, precision, and feel are truly genius. It is a shame that McEnroe never dropped his poor attitude on the court and trained harder off of it. The sky would have been the limit for John had he done those things, but he was young and loving life when he was in his prime. He toyed with Courier at times, making him look foolish. The amazing thing is that John is about 14 years older than Jim too. It got even worse for Jim in doubles, because the greatest team that ever lived is John McEnroe and anybody and John proved it again with his amazing court sense, court strategy, and court coverage. Truly amazing stuff.
  6. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    I saw the Grand Slam Jam on Fox Sports the other day as well.

    It was a pleasure watching exhibition singles and doubles. Especially with McEnroe and Courier.

    However, I have to disagree with "the genius" of his shots. I mean, I think his volleying is excellent and his lobs were very good too, but I just don't find his strokes that amazing. Maybe because his lefty forehand looks so much like my lefty forehand in form, pace, and amounts of spin (I'm right handed btw). His shots are certainly consistent and placed well and are definitely competitive at many levels of tennis--especially evidenced on the legends tour (that is what it's called right?), but I still wouldn't call them genius. Apart from the slice and drive, I didn't see all that much variance in the amounts of spin on his shots... Maybe I'm just comparing it to the variance of a drop shot and a western forehand... but I didn't see that many short dippers either.

    But what I saw watching the Grand Slam Jam was exhibition tennis. Good stuff, and pretty moderate and casual as usual with exhibition matches (most anyways, Superset tennis and a few other formats are pretty different), but it's not the same as competitively serious tennis. The acting and showmanship was there to amuse (I'm pretty certain all the bantering and screaming were playing to the crowd, but improvised ;)). And the pattern was always someone coming back from behind in singles and doubles (part of me remembers Courier and Corina--can't spell her last name--winning the doubles against McEnroe-Evert, but it's fuzzy, was a close one in the tiebreak anyways).

    Anyways, it was very entertaining stuff and I think McEnroe is a great player. But I'm not sold on his strokes being genius... maybe I'm obsessed with the form, but I certainly wouldn't be sold on the idea that his forehand and backhand alone would save him against the current generation of ATP players (his volleys would be another story imo, and at least his strokes could set those up). But after all, it was fun and casual exhibition play. I definitely would like to see his competitive matches on the seniors/legends tour of champions or whatever it's called. He won the most recent tournament I think?


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