View Full Version : Which grip do you use to hit the following shots?

Nov 9th, 2003, 11:47 AM
drop shot
kick serve
flat serve
slice serve

I use to hear the commentators say that this particular player changed her grip in order to hit that perrrfect drop shot, so I'm just curious.:)

I only change grip when I approach the net from eastern grip to backhand grip.:kiss:

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:31 PM
drop shot - continental(even)
kick serve - continental
flat serve - backhand
slice serve - deep backhand

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:38 PM
How about a low slice?

Nov 9th, 2003, 04:53 PM
drop shot-
Continental with a slightly opened face.

kick serve-
Continental with a slightly opened face.

flat serve-
Continental with a slightly opened face.

slice serve-
Continental with a... Well, you get the idea. :)

There's no need to change grips for any of these strokes. Too many grips changes in a game and you end up screwing up because you're too busy switching grips, rather than hitting the ball. I use exactly 3 grips: Semi-Western for the forehand, double continental for the 2-handed backhand, and a Continental with a slightly opened face for all volleys, serves, and one-handed backhand. The only slight difference is that I will place my thumb on the back side of the grip for backhand volleys and the 1bh to give myself a little more stick control.


Nov 9th, 2003, 05:32 PM
I'm with Joe except when I'm trying to put heavier topspin on my second serve I shift my continental grip over towards the backhand side.

Nov 9th, 2003, 06:46 PM
drop shot- unusually a very western grip, the ball always just flicks over the net with a freaky spin
kick serve- eastern grip
flat serve- hammer grip
slice serve- hammer grip

Nov 9th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Can someone please explain where to put your hands for all of these grips? I always hear commentators say he has a semi-western grip, or an extreme western grip, or an eastern grip, or a continental grip.

Nov 9th, 2003, 07:58 PM
Eastern Grip (Flat Forehand):


Semiwestern (Medium topspin forehand, used by most pros):


Extreme Western (Heavy topspin forehand for loopy shots):


Continental (Slice forehand, not used much anymore):


Eastern backhand (one-handed):


Two handed backhand:


Service grip:

The continental grip promotes hand action and spin on the serve. The fingers are less spread than on the eastern forehand, and the butt of the racquet can actually be placed within the palm. Rod Laver served with the continental grip.

The eastern backhand grip promotes even more hand action and pronation, greater spin and disguise. Pancho Gonzalez served with the eastern backhand.

Volley grip:

The continental grip works for both the forehand and backhand, and produces a nice underspin shot.

Nov 9th, 2003, 08:06 PM
Thank you so much Glenn. I knew I used the semi- western grip on the forehand and the two handed grip on the backhand(duh!!). Someone on a previous thread I was on said that an extreme-western grip was to create flat shots. I know he/she wasn't right because Mauresmo has a pretty extreme-western grip. Thanks again!!!

Nov 10th, 2003, 04:08 AM
thank you so much guys.:kiss:

K-Dog, I don't also think that extreme-western grip was to create flat shots, you could actually hit deep and loopy shots with this kind of grip.;)

Nov 10th, 2003, 04:18 AM
Semi westen :) forehand

Nov 10th, 2003, 05:45 AM
Semi westen :) forehand

like Cara Black :eek: :speakles:

Nov 10th, 2003, 05:49 AM
Cara :banana:

Nov 10th, 2003, 07:12 AM
Thanks for a knowledge Glenn :D