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Doraemon
Mar 28th, 2005, 02:09 PM
I use a continental grip. That's how my coach taught me to serve. But these days I'm a little skeptical about it because I can hardly hit the ball flat with that grip. Can anyone explain to me why I can't hit a flat serve with that grip? I know if I change the grip toward western I can hit flatter but I don't feel comfortable with it.

Doraemon
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:41 PM
Hello?

Craigy
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:41 PM
I use the chopper grip. is that the same as the continental grip?

kabuki
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:54 PM
Continental. To hit it flat with the cont grip, I think the proper term is pronation. After contact, the contact face of the racket seems to face a little to the right of the right-handed server. See Justine-

Craigy
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:55 PM
okay is the chopper grip right too? or is it the same? im confused!

Craigy
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Continental. To hit it flat with the cont grip, I think the proper term is pronation. After contact, the contact face of the racket seems to face a little to the right of the right-handed server. See Justine-
Well i serve like that so that must be what im doing.

!<blocparty>!
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:20 PM
My coach has always taught me to do "chopper" grip, whatever that is in western/continental terms I dont know.

I used to have a semi western grip (i think everyone does at first?) I say semi westersn thinking its normal peoples forehands (see Lindsay D) I think thats right.

Anyway my serve is loads better with chopper grip coz I can slice it out wide and away from them down the T.

SelesFan70
Mar 29th, 2005, 10:06 PM
I use my semi-western grip to serve. I'm not saying I have a great serve, though...think Dementieva's slice and Chris Evert's pace... only worse! :o

Darop.
Mar 29th, 2005, 10:09 PM
Continental on first serve.

On second serve, for both slice and kick serve, I use a grip that is slightly more eastern than continental.

controlfreak
Mar 29th, 2005, 11:28 PM
Mine is fairly continental but I was thinking of twisting it a bit more towards the East to go for more topspin.

I was watching Zabaleta today and his grip looks extremely eastern - 60 to 75 degrees rotated I would say - a bit further and he'd be all the way round to a full western forehand grip. But then again, his serve is practically all spin.

SelesFan70, how does one serve with a semi-western grip? It sounds like a straight plonk down the middle which could be rather painful if you hit it hard. I would advise a change.

Babolatpro880
Mar 30th, 2005, 12:38 AM
I have used a continental grip since a couple summers ago. I am left handed, and at first, on the deuce side, I would consistently hit it to the wrong side of the court :lol: It was a matter of getting used to the new service grip and concentrating on hitting the back of the ball.

SzavayFi
Mar 30th, 2005, 01:39 AM
Continental, i dont see how you could hit it in any other way? :lol:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 30th, 2005, 01:42 AM
It's very hard to serve if you're not using a continetal grip. At least effectively.

TF Chipmunk
Mar 30th, 2005, 02:11 AM
I use an extreme-western grip for groundies AND serving. My serve is 50/50...lol On certain days it's really on and I can do lots with my serves, but other days it's so hideous that I can double-fault a whole set away. :tape:

But then again...I don't think that's about my grip..it's probably just because I never practice serves ;) I just find hitting serves for 30 minutes with a basket of balls is very boring :rolleyes:

Justin
Mar 30th, 2005, 02:23 AM
Semi-Western for groundies.

Eastern for the serve.

Je_ne_sais_quoi
Mar 30th, 2005, 02:33 AM
semi western for serve :embarrassed: