what kind of forehand grip do you use?

what forehand grip do you use?

  • other

    Votes: 4 3.0%
  • continental

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • eastern

    Votes: 35 26.5%
  • semi-western

    Votes: 78 59.1%
  • western

    Votes: 14 10.6%

  • Total voters
    132

Gantz

Rookie
just curious what forehand grips do you guys use on your rackets. if you use other then please try to explain why (unless you have like six fingers or something).
 

EricW

Professional
topspin:loopy, flat, angles, lobs, high ball, low balls
backspin:slice, slice lob, sidespin slice, dropshot, approach shot, flat slice, carved slice

versatile
Oh I thought he just meant for the forehand side, in which case, semi-western is more versatile.
 

EricW

Professional
I don't understand you
Semi-western is much better at hitting the high balls, a lot more natural to hit loopy topspin, you can flatten it out just as easy, etc

It's either just as good or better for every shot. Not very many people use eastern anymore..
 
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Gmedlo

Professional
I hit with a somewhat extreme eastern and switch to SW if I'm stuck at the baseline playing a loopier player. But I'm continental at the net. Full western just doesn't cut it for all court play (Unless you're pro.)
 

dave333

Hall of Fame
Mild western grip. Skidding slices can be a problem but I can usually slice it right back effectively or just whip it with a reverse forehand.
 

keithchircop

Professional
i find it harder to hit a low ball with semi-western than to hit a high ball with eastern. i hit fairly flat so the eastern suits my game. plus, it's much easier to switch to continental for 2HBH and volleys.
 
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topspin_17

Guest
i'm kinda like gmedlo... with an extreme eastern forehand (thats what i think it is; its between a semiwestern and an eastern) but if i want to add extra spin, i just switch to a semi. the downside of a semi though is that you can't hit normal baseline shots that are flat-ish. you can only hit those loopy ones.
 

EricW

Professional
i'm kinda like gmedlo... with an extreme eastern forehand (thats what i think it is; its between a semiwestern and an eastern) but if i want to add extra spin, i just switch to a semi. the downside of a semi though is that you can't hit normal baseline shots that are flat-ish. you can only hit those loopy ones.
I can hit flat with semi-western no matter where the ball is. It took awhile to learn but it's definitely possible to hit flat just as effectively with a SW grip as with an eastern. Eastern is just more "natural" to hit flat with, but once you get it with the SW grip, it feels natural as well.
 

Ethan

New User
i don't kno much about grips but a friend said that i hav a semi western fh and continential bh is this good or bad, im a baseliner
 

Gmedlo

Professional
I can hit flat with semi-western no matter where the ball is. It took awhile to learn but it's definitely possible to hit flat just as effectively with a SW grip as with an eastern. Eastern is just more "natural" to hit flat with, but once you get it with the SW grip, it feels natural as well.
He meant returning flat, low balls with a SW. That said, hitting flat with a SW is something I can't imagine trying to do :confused:
 

tricky

Hall of Fame
That said, hitting flat with a SW is something I can't imagine trying to do
There's a lot of SW grips though. What Agassi uses is much more conservative than a Roddick.
 

boojay

Hall of Fame
Strangely enough, I just realized I've never hit with an eastern before. In many of my previous posts, I've repeatedly said I can hit with all the grips, but I've actually never hit with an eastern. It could possibly be because I naturally hit with an extreme eastern, thinking it was an eastern for the longest time. How shameful?
 

tricky

Hall of Fame
I think the real thing that matters is whether you go from extreme to conservative, or conservative to extreme.

The former seems to be how they learn in Spain (i.e. start with an extreme grip, then work their way toward hitting flatter.) Wheras here you learn to hit with depth first and then learn to increase the heaviness and overall spin of the shot.
 

boojay

Hall of Fame
I believe I learned the European way then since I had no troubles hitting with topspin almost from the very start and it took me a while to learn how to hit flat. Now I hit a hybrid between the two, that is, I hit with kind of a driving topspin where the trajectory of the ball goes flat for a while, then dips a few feet before the baseline. My topspin shots used to be more uniform in that it rose, peaked, then dropped with symmetry (or close to it).
 

Gantz

Rookie
any of you heard of the hawaiian grip? it's supposed to even more extreme than the western grip.....
 

martin8768

Rookie
haha Hawaiian is ridiculously extreme its fun so fool around with, i use a full western forehand and for really low balls i have to switch to semi-w and a continental 2hbh but i'm gona start working on a more topspin grip, gonna try to copy nadals bh
 

thundaga

Rookie
pretty sure i hit with a semi-western fh, altho it is becoming more western as i continue to play on porous.
 

wyutani

Hall of Fame
one of me mate' is currently using a hawaiian grip. crazy topspin, but it hurts his wrist. then it lead to injury. he's now converted into a western becos of that. pity.
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
i'm kinda like gmedlo... with an extreme eastern forehand (thats what i think it is; its between a semiwestern and an eastern) but if i want to add extra spin, i just switch to a semi. the downside of a semi though is that you can't hit normal baseline shots that are flat-ish. you can only hit those loopy ones.
That's what mine grips like except I don't switch to a semi for spin. I just keep my eastern.
 

cstephenson

New User
I use the south American Himalayan Nordic reach around southeastern hemisphere kung foo Ninja sacred warrior grip. KARATE CHOP!!!!!!!!!!!
 

masha4ever#1

Semi-Pro
I particularly like the SW forehand....it's an easy grip to add some extra spin on...and it helps to reduce the margin of errors
 

drhopz

Semi-Pro
Wow, i never expected so many SW users. Out of all my friends, i'm the only one that uses SW.

I thought i was special...
 

Santoro071

New User
Recently switched from eastern to semi-western. Its helped my consistency with keeping the ball in, especially the short balls.
 

habib

Professional
can't hit low skidding balls on the run at full stretch, can't hit any type of slice.
Point on the slice, but what's the problem with hitting low skidding balls on the run at full stretch with a sw?? It's more difficult than doing it with an eastern, but it's not actually hard, let alone impossible.
 

habib

Professional
He meant returning flat, low balls with a SW. That said, hitting flat with a SW is something I can't imagine trying to do :confused:
What? Why not? Can you imagine hitting topspin with an Eastern? It's all about the racquet path.
 

jck01

Semi-Pro
I particularly like the SW forehand....it's an easy grip to add some extra spin on...and it helps to reduce the margin of errors
I agree. I can easily add more spin if needed.

Wow, i never expected so many SW users. Out of all my friends, i'm the only one that uses SW.

I thought i was special...
I agree with you also. I think I'm one of few people that I know that uses SW forehand grip. Most use eastern.
 
I use a SW that is conservative like a Agassi, Safin or Blake.
I feel it allows great penetration through the court but a blend of topspin to drop the ball in.
 
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