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Old Nov 21st, 2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Changing Grips - Tips?

Hey all, a bit of a beginner question here from someone who has played for a long time but doesn't have a great understanding of grips.

I recently changed from a western to semi-western forehand grip after years playing with the western, and it's improved my forehand immensely. My problem now is that I'm so used to hitting my (once quite solid) double-hander with the right hand in that western position, and I tend to hit the ball long and high if I utilise this new grip. I've reverted to taking one hand off the racquet and slicing more often, but this obviously isn't a permanent solution.

It seems very clunky trying to change grips so drastically between shots. Is this something that will become easier with time, or should I work on changing my backhand grip too?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

You hit a double handed backhand with your right hand (bottom hand) in a western grip?
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Old Nov 24th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #3
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

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You hit a double handed backhand with your right hand (bottom hand) in a western grip?
Yes . I get really good power too, it was never an issue until I changed the forehand grip.
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Old Nov 24th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #4
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

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Yes . I get really good power too, it was never an issue until I changed the forehand grip.
Hmm... seems really odd to hold the bottom hand in western or SW grip. Or do you mean an Eastern backhand grip? What's your grip for the top hand?

For me, I hold bottom in continental and top in forehand semi-western. I tried switching the top to forehand eastern and like on my forehand it's too flat and makes me error-prone so I switched back. The only drawback is, like you said, the switch between grips on the forehand is hard for me (which is why it's my weakness) but my backhand is solid. So to answer your original question, I think you should stick with the grip changes and make it work.
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

Just use your old grip on the BH.

I've got a fairly big grip change between my FH & BH, it'll become natural in time. Same as switching into a volley grip. Use your 2nd hand, it helps!

How are you holding the racket when preparing to receive?
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Yes . I get really good power too, it was never an issue until I changed the forehand grip.
Right hand continental
Left hand semi western
If you want to copy Novak
Pull with the right hand and when your hands reach your stomach area
Begin pushing with your left hand
This way both hands are involved and you won't let
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

I switched from eastern forehand to semi-western 3 years ago and it totally raised my game to another level
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

But do you ever change FH grips in the point? i mean switching between eastern, semiwestern, and western. Is it recommended to do that, or you should stick with whatever grip suits you the best?
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

Right hand should be in continental for two handed backhand. Just as Ezone describes. Pretty much all the top pros with two handed bhs do it that way. But if you aren't used to it, it will take quite a bit of work. Sounds like you are used to not changing the grip of the right hand at all, so changing grips during a rally will be a fairly big learning curve.

It will come in time, as Sean says.

You are meant to change grips between fh and bh, but if you aren't used to it this will take work, at first you will have to think about the grip change and you will be a bit slow. Practice changing grips with your eyes closed- you can get some practice of this even at home without a court.

Smyth, good players usually stick with one fh grip for all their topspin fhs, but they will switch to continental to hit a slice defensive fh or dropshot. Occasionally I have seen some players use a more neutral grip for return of serve. But basically a player has a single fh grip for all topspin shots.
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

I actually tried last two times I played to change between semiwestern and western, depending on how flat I wanted to hit. First time i've tried .... total mess up. Second time it was not that bad. For the moment, it's the only way I can have a sort of control on how flat I want to hit. You could do that with just one grip probably, but for the moment seems easyer this way (and more fun!)
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

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My problem now is that I'm so used to hitting my (once quite solid) double-hander with the right hand in that western position, and I tend to hit the ball long and high if I utilise this new grip. I've reverted to taking one hand off the racquet and slicing more often, but this obviously isn't a permanent solution.
A 2hbh with the bottom hand in a western grip makes no sense. Your wrist is in the totally wrong position to hit a versatile backhand. I mean how do you put any spin on your shot?

Switch your top hand to a continental asap. The grip change semi western to continental is tiny and is done as soon as you recognize the ball is going to your backhand. You have plenty of time, even on return of serve. Don't be lazy.
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

HI, i am new here, but i actually identify perfectly with your problem.
i have a even bigger problem that i would like everyones advice. I used to play with a Semi-Western Forehand, and (its a long story) now i play with a full western forehand for about 4 years. I would like to change again to semi western but every time a grip the raquet and try to hit the western forehand my muscle memory whips to much wrist action and i make a fool out of myself. and even after a couple of hits i unconsciously move again to my full western grip. all this i blame muscle memory, i dont deny that some phicological issue can be invovled to, but what can i do to return to my western forehand normally?
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Re: Changing Grips - Tips?

What an odd grip for the backhand.

I would say go with what ezone is saying.

My tip would be to get used to changing grips. Just practice and practice and it should come natural. My volleys, backhands, forehand and different serves all have different grips, and switching between them is natural to me. I even switch grips on forehands depending on what I want to do with the ball. Just work on it because it'll make you better.
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