I was watching some ranked Armenian players at the Pasadena Rose Bowl tournament and noticed the big Western forehands. My regular partner, who is also Armenian, got the itch to slug it out and so we went to Lacy Park, the nicest public tennis park I know.
I went ahead and used full Western on both sides and began really slugging the ball. I could nearly flip the racquet over and not have to change grips, like Phillip Kohlschreiber!
It was amazing to see it could be used aggressively on fast hard courts. Has anyone here have this style of game for their hard court game?
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That's pretty much how I play.. heck, my forehand, backhand & serve all use almost the identical grip the majority of the time. Although, the forehand and backhand grips have to be adjusted a tiny bit when going from one to the other.
Here's a video when I was goofing off serving a few years ago - check out the grip.. it's extreme western, I believe. When I hold the racquet out in front as if my hand is positioned to shake hands, the racquet is almost flat like I'm holding a frying pan:
Ah, yes! It is nearly full Western backhand grip. I thought you were using Western forehand. lol
A very, very nice kick you have there. I've been working on my own, but have been using semi Western backhand grip.
thanks Tim, I actually learned that serve growing up as a kid by reading Tennis magazine. Wish I still had the article. Studied it like crazy.
As far as the grip goes, my forehand grip is almost identical to the grip that I use on the serve, so maybe my forehand is closer to extreme western.
Finally! I always wondered the term of the grip I used. Thanks for clearing that up. I've looked at the charts and never was 100% sure, but I knew it was some sorta full or extreme western - maybe even in between.
When I moved to Mississippi and showed my teammates the grip and how they can use it for more spin and power, they started just calling it the "cocked grip".
Are you just now starting to use a kick serve? Or have you been working on it for a while?