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Federer going East?

Kid Carlos
05-11-2009, 07:03 PM
Just wondering if anyone thinks that Federer's forehand grip is one of the main reasons his game is in decline? Would he be better suited to use a semi-western grip?

rofe
05-11-2009, 11:54 PM
Just wondering if anyone thinks that Federer's forehand grip is one of the main reasons his game is in decline? Would he be better suited to use a semi-western grip?

He has always had a semi-western FH grip. When did that change? Photos?

Kid Carlos
05-12-2009, 05:24 AM
He has always had a semi-western FH grip. When did that change? Photos?

I do not think he has a semi-western grip my friend, check out this article.

http://tennisconnected.com/home/2009/05/08/federer-going-east/

rofe
05-12-2009, 02:23 PM
I do not think he has a semi-western grip my friend, check out this article.

http://tennisconnected.com/home/2009/05/08/federer-going-east/

I disagree with the assessment that he uses an eastern grip. To watch a classic eastern grip, watch Sampras. Even if Fed's FH grip is not a classic semi-western, it is as close to a semi-western as it can be. His index knuckle rests on bevel 4 instead of bevel 2 which is closer to a semi-western grip. His recent error fest is more a problem with him standing close to the baseline and not timing the ball well.

Rita
05-12-2009, 08:01 PM
i always got confused with what grip he uses :lol:
i think this sums it up pretty much.


Modern Classic - Roger Federer's Forehand
Roger Federer’s forehand is the most beautiful, versatile, and powerful weapon in pro tennis. It may also be the most misunderstood. We’ll dissect four major elements of this superb stroke.
By John Yandell
www.tennis.com/yourgame/instructionarticles/forehand/forehand.aspx?id=129054



http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Your_Game/Instruction_Articles/Forehand/2008_05_08_federer_01.jpg

1. GRIP
Many people think Roger Federer plays with a semi-Western grip, similar to Andy Roddick’s. In reality, his grip is closer to Pete Sampras’. Federer keeps part of his hand off the end of the grip, but most of it is still on the back of the handle, directly aligned with the face of the racquet. He shifts his index base knuckle slightly downward about half a bevel toward a semi-Western grip (to do this, stand the racquet on its end, as in the diagram below, and place your index base knuckle between bevels 3 and 4 if you’re right-handed or between 6 and 7 if you’re a lefty). This modifi ed Eastern grip is more conservative than that of most top players, who typically shift farther toward the Western grip and place part or most of their hands under the handle. This grip allows for the ideal contact height for a player who stands close to the baseline and plays the ball early, a key to Federer’s effectiveness.

Kid Carlos
05-13-2009, 06:30 PM
The bottom line is that through a lot of analysis, Roger Federer does use an EASTERN GRIP.

groundstroke
05-15-2009, 01:10 PM
He's certainly hitting with a lot more topspin now than he was a few years ago.

Obey.my.dreamz
05-17-2009, 04:38 PM
the main thing is that if no one finds out which grip this is , we're gonna call it " The god's grip"