Thumb position.... OHBH but also Western FH and Continental Serve, Volley

eelhc

Hall of Fame
Can't ever to go through a checklist of fundamentals often enough....

Lately I've become hyper aware of what my thumb is doing during my strokes and I am noticing that my grip is breaking down on my OHBH and the thumb is not firmly around the grip on my OHBH... Losing a lot of leverage and the ability to "torque" the racquet up. Not sure why but sometimes I find my thumb just resting straight down the bevel.

How do you all "manage the thumb" on grip changes? I can't seem to stop the sloppy thumb positioning...
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
I have the habit of thumb down the bevel on the OHBH.

Some will say its okay (I think Don Budge did this) and others will say its wrong. Not clear what the disadvantage of doing it is.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
I have the habit of thumb down the bevel on the OHBH.

Some will say its okay (I think Don Budge did this) and others will say its wrong. Not clear what the disadvantage of doing it is.
Hold the racquet and make a OHBH topspin stroke... with and without the thumb wrapped around. The thumb adds a HUGE amount of leverage.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
Not sure why but sometimes I find my thumb just resting straight down the bevel.
You need to break that habit! Not sure what is the best way, but you are seriously compromising your strokes... I can't imagine trying to BH volley w/o my thumb!
 
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