Why doesn't Thiem have a more extreme backhand grip?

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  1. zill

    zill Semi-Pro

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    The great topspin one handed backhands have their knuckles on top like Gasquet, Henin, Guga.

    Thiem however has a more conservative topspin backhand grip. His knuckle is not quite on top but on the side a little. This is the grip used by Federer, Haas etc who have slightly weaker topspin backhands.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Dominic_Thiem_(14523555506).jpg

    https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-3b95677ae0502012cd1f99cdd5e2d8e3-c&imgrefurl=http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/dominic-thiem-grips.618705/&docid=4cS6OtRQjnMA3M&tbnid=zuFZRL5Iwwrr5M:&vet=10ahUKEwinp9DCzefcAhWMybwKHa8tBsYQMwhMKAowCg..i&w=600&h=400&bih=759&biw=1536&q=thiem backhand&ved=0ahUKEwinp9DCzefcAhWMybwKHa8tBsYQMwhMKAowCg&iact=mrc&uact=8

    Wouldn't it be better if he had his knuckles on top which would result in a more closed racquet face hence get better spin?


    Here is what I mean by knuckles on top btw

    https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&...aw1nZt51zLK6F4hcodL5tnqe&ust=1534166630129837
     
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  2. styksnstryngs

    styksnstryngs Professional

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    Wouldn't it be better if you could hit like him, then you wouldn't have to worry about how the pros hit so much?
     
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  3. Bender

    Bender G.O.A.T.

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    Unlike in 3.0 hack tennis, for pros, the grip does not make the shot.

    The shot (ie swingpath / swing) makes the shot.
     
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  4. IowaGuy

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    Edberg's grip was even more conservative (close to continental).

    Would you call his topspin backhand "weak" ?
     
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  5. Big Bagel

    Big Bagel Rookie

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    It's all based on preference at that level. Dimitrov's grip looks like he'd have to break his wrist if he tried to hit a decent topspin shot, but it works for him.
     
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  6. TennisDawg

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    Doesn’t matter what grip he uses, he can hit an extreme topspin backhand with it. At the pro level their entire backhand technique is perfected.
     
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  7. StringSnapper

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    The stanimal arguably has the best 1hbh ever. He uses eastern too. Imo much better bh than guga and gasquet, because he can hit through it so much more. Other wise it gets too spinny.
     
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  8. IowaGuy

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    I wouldn't call Guga's BH too spinny, he could definitely hit through the court with it (remember, his best surface was clay!).

    This video has a couple nice slo-mo's of Guga's BH. The second one he really hits through with (IMHO) sweet BH technique. His big BH winners often look effortless!

     
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  9. Big Bagel

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    I'm not sure I can call his the best overall, but it is easily the best offensive and most aggressive 1hbh ever. The problem is it is not very effective on grass because it's a bigger swing and takes better timing than most others. On clay he can sit way back and have plenty of time to swing big and adjust to awkward bounces, and on hard courts the bounces are predictable enough, but on clay it's faster and less predictable, so he struggles. If I was playing on grass (assuming I could choose any player's 1hbh), I would not want Stan's backhand, but being an offensive player, I would take it on hard and clay courts.
     
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