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Western Grip Confusion

thefan
01-01-2007, 12:01 PM
I have recently switched to a full western forehand grip and had a lot of success with it on the forehand but the backhand is impossible for me. Before I switched, I used the eastern grip and had a 1 handed backhand. Now, withthe full western grip, I am lost when the ball comes to my backhand. Is the 1 handed backhand possible with the western grip or should I try to learn the 2 handed backhand?

BlueSwan
01-01-2007, 12:25 PM
I made the switch from a one-handed backhand to a twohanded backhand a number of years ago. It took me a couple of years before it got good, but my backhand is infinitely stronger today than it was when I played a one-hander.

But you can still play singlehandedly, you just need to adjust your grip everytime you opponent plays to your backhand. It's no big deal really, you need to adjust your grip when changing from forehand to backhand anyway.

JustmeUK
01-01-2007, 01:15 PM
left hand on throat of racket between shots. use that to switch grips from fh to bh. that's how everyone does it. watch some matches of single handed players. u'll always see some point where the left hand (for a right hander) is on the throat of the racket.

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 01:19 PM
Here is an example with Berasategui.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/35d8a100.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/1245695.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/b22e7f28.jpg

BlueSwan
01-01-2007, 06:05 PM
Here is an example with Berasategui.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/35d8a100.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/1245695.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/b22e7f28.jpg
Yeah, but Berasategui's technique was mindblowing. I think you need incredibly flexible wrists to pull that off.

alfonsojose
01-01-2007, 09:12 PM
He was sexy :drool:

thefan
01-02-2007, 02:31 AM
So when I'm using the western forehand grip I can switch the grip to an eastern grip when the opppenent hit to my backhand so I can do the 1hbh.
OR
I can keep the western forehand grip and just do a 2 handed backhand when they hit to my backhand like Berasategui.

But is it possible to hit a 1 handed backhand with the full western grip?
Any pros do it?