View Full Version : What Grip Do You Use On Your Forehand Side

Feb 20th, 2011, 08:33 AM
Pretty simple. The Heading pretty much states all you need to know about this thread. Eastern, Semi Western or Western Grip?

Feb 20th, 2011, 08:43 AM
i dont get the difference between them

Feb 20th, 2011, 09:26 AM
Not the greatest pix but the article explains it OK.


Feb 20th, 2011, 10:57 AM
I use eastern and also for my serve too :lol:

Feb 20th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Eastern but I place my thumb along the handle rather than tucking it in. My coach says it makes no difference and I should tuck it in but I play so much better the original way so I change it for every rally :lol:

Feb 21st, 2011, 04:07 PM
I'm semi-western nowadays. Used to be more eastern but developed it to get more spin and cause my forehand isn't really a natural for me. Its more consistent now, less power and winners though.

Randy H
Feb 21st, 2011, 05:31 PM
Definitely more of an eastern grip, but towards the end of last year I was trying to work on adjusting this in order to get more spin and overall consistency on the shot. Definitely not a natural shot for me

Feb 21st, 2011, 09:58 PM
semi-western,it just suits me the best

Feb 21st, 2011, 11:26 PM
I always had a semi western grip :p

Feb 22nd, 2011, 05:55 AM
I use an Eastern grip BTW. I hit a very flat ball so it suits my game.

Feb 22nd, 2011, 06:01 AM
Aint there a grip called continental? The coaches always tell me to use for my serve and volley.

Feb 22nd, 2011, 06:28 AM
Yeah the continental grip is used for the serve, overhead and conventional volleys. I dont think its ever used for the forehand.

Feb 22nd, 2011, 11:32 AM

That would be interesting to see.

Feb 23rd, 2011, 03:50 AM

The Racket Barn
Mar 9th, 2011, 11:41 AM
I'm an semi-westener. I used to have a ridiculous extreme wester grip. Great for whipping the ball but lost a lot of power!

northern lad
Mar 11th, 2011, 12:34 AM
I use semi-western and hit a pretty loopy ball on that side. It's great when I play on clay, but lately I've been playing on hard courts so I try more to hit my 2-handed bh which is flatter.:cheer:

The Witch-king
Mar 12th, 2011, 11:54 AM
What are Hawaiian and Cantonese grips?

Mar 13th, 2011, 01:21 AM
Eastern. The Hawaiian grip would be hilar. :lol:

Oct 4th, 2012, 06:31 PM
How awkward. I always use a semi-western grip, but I have very little spin on my shots. I don't like spin, I prefer BBB-ing my way through life haha. Sometimes I think I'm more Eastern than Semi, but that depends how good I'm playing.

I experimented for a little with a continental grip for my serve, but it ruined it.

Oct 6th, 2012, 09:02 PM
I use a western grip and thats why my forehands are always so flat, like I am talking about absolutely no spin.

I have learned to play with a lot more spin now, maybe too much at times! :lol:

Tweety Snape
Oct 6th, 2012, 10:28 PM
It's somewhere between eastern and semi-western, meaning my first knuckle isn't right in the middle on the second bevel, but closer to the third bevel, yet not on the third bevel. Or something like that. :p I actually get quite a lot of spin, but that might just be my strings or racquet.

Oct 7th, 2012, 05:32 AM
I use a semi- western, I think :lol: but still hit relatively flat

Oct 7th, 2012, 12:01 PM

Can someone help me identify what grip this is because I am completely hopeless at this stuff :lol:

Oct 7th, 2012, 08:10 PM

Can someone help me identify what grip this is because I am completely hopeless at this stuff :lol:

That's western grip ;)

Oct 8th, 2012, 04:34 AM
One time I thought it would be a great idea to start hitting forehand groundstrokes with a continental grip :facepalm:
That lasted exactly one drill. My coach has me using semi-western now because he wants me to stop slamming it out on every even slightly important point – i mean, get more spin.

Oct 14th, 2012, 05:36 PM
I use the western grip.

Oct 14th, 2012, 10:35 PM
Between eastern and semi-western :p

The Witch-king
Oct 16th, 2012, 12:27 PM
i always thought i was eastern but the pictures tell me semiwestern

Oct 17th, 2012, 06:25 AM
I change my grip based on a shot that I wanna make. If I want to generate power, I use Eastern, and if I want to add spin to it I use Semi-Western. The latter is an awesome grip for the times that you are in trouble because it confuses the player who expect a flat ball coming through, however it takes some time to get used to when you start switching into it from other grips.

Oct 26th, 2012, 03:33 PM
I use semi-western. I think continental was used for every stroke in early tennis history using those wooden racquets and all.

Oct 26th, 2012, 03:49 PM
I experimented for a little with a continental grip for my serve, but it ruined it.

You definitely want to take the time to learn to serve with a continental grip. If you are using a forehand grip for your serve, you are limiting the spin (and pace) you can put on your serve. This is because the wrist cannot pronate as much while holding the racquet with a forehand grip and you also have to be more front facing to the court so you are limiting the power you can get from shoulder rotation.
Also a forehand grip is awful for a second serve. You absolutely cannot hit a kick serve with a forehand grip. So you have to hit a slower flat serve, which is going to get eaten up by good players.

You may think you have a big serve with a forehand grip, but I can assure you, it's not.
Take the time to learn to serve with a continental grip. Will you have a worse serve in the interim? Yes. But in the long run your serve will be better.

Oct 27th, 2012, 08:09 AM
I'm between eastern and semi-western. It's been a never-ending battle to put more spin on my forehand. I was a western grip when I was really young but I couldn't get any depth on it so I switched to an eastern and migrated slightly western on it. It's what feels natural but it's almost too flat a shot.

Oct 29th, 2012, 06:40 PM
Could someone tell me what is the grip in the following pictures?

Oct 29th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Serena's grip in those pics looks almost full western.

Oct 30th, 2012, 09:31 PM
Wow, I'm surprised at all the players with eastern grips, didn't know there were so many.

I'm using semi-western for forehand and of course continental for serve but I never tried the eastern grip, maybe I should give it a try and compare :)