I've been comparing Eastern 1hbh variations, in particular the "pistol" vs. "hammered" grip positions. The fundamental distinction between the two is that in "pistol" variant, the fingers are angled forward and often spread apart, creating a wider angle with the forearm. In the "hammered" variant, the fingers run perpendicular to the handle and are bunched together, creating a more 90-degree with the forearm (though not actually 90-degree). The base knuckle of the little finger will be higher on the handle, and the heel pad will be more behind the handle, than in the pistol variation. I've come to the following observations and conclusions: 1. The pistol E1hbh is the one mostly taught, and self-taught. 2. The eastern hammer grip plays more like an extreme eastern pistol grip, and is therefore better for high balls and for generating pace. i.e., it is more "modern." 3. Every 1hbh pro I've examined at has more of a hammer grip than pistol. I haven't found a single image of a pro active in the last decade who hits with spread out fingers. This includes both eastern and extreme eastern 1hbhs. Here's a video showing the proper hammer grip (taught by, no surprise, a Latin/Spanish instructor). Go to 0:17. This is how it should be taught, imo. http://www.videojug.com/film/the-one-handed-backhand-grip Here are videos that advocate a pistol grip. I include these simple to show how disconnected many teachers are from modern needs: i) This guy explicitly says to not use hammer. His video was unfortunately the top link in the Google search "how to hit a one handed backhand". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpLApIuLGV4#t=2m10s ii) Here is Will from FuzzyYellowBalls teaching the 1hbh. http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/vid...one-handed-backhand-fundamentals/grip-change/ iii) Here is another top search find from ehow. It shows a graphic of a pistol grip while, ironically, showing a picture of Pete Sampras, who actually used a hammer grip. http://www.ehow.com/how_4730546_one-handed-backhand-tennis-shot.html So, my conclusion is that one major reason the 1hbh is dying out is that it is being mistaught! I suppose in the olden days of fast courts the pistol grip might be more effective. But in the modern game an eastern pistol is a liability. Comments? Also, if you use or used a 1hbh, was it pistol, hammer or somewhere in-between?