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"Rectangular grip or rounded grip?" or "Is it bad to switch between two different brands of racquets?"

Joe B. noticed that when he switched back and forth between his Prince Original Graphite and a Head Youtek Prestige Pro, his forehands would pop up suddenly. I figured that it had to be the shape of his handle. Why? 

Prince and Wilson use a more "round" grip, meaning the bevels are roughly similar in width. This favors the Eastern grip user and Semiwesterners that like to hit flatter drives. The angle of their hand to the back of the racquet handle is not altered by a fatter bevel.

Head and Volkl tend to use a "rectangular" grip, which means the number 3 and 7 side bevels are wider. This is favored by a Western grip user. It is easier for the inside of the index finger knuckle to move to where the hand is angled. For Easterners, they will feel they are not lined up straight.

So the angle of the hand to handle makes a difference as to the racquet face angle, and hence, the ball pops up inexplicably. Not all racquets are the same unfortunately. lol

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That explains it.  I feel like I need to use a more extreme (Western) grip when hitting with the rectangular grip.  I'm not sure which part of my hand actually feels for a particular bevel, as it's mostly automatic to me anyway, so switching back and forth poses some issues that I have to correct while actually hitting.  Oh, and though I'm trying not to be a stickler, the POG actually stands for Prince Original Graphite, not oversize.  I doubt many people would call a 93" racquet an OS, unless you're used to hitting with wood, ha ha ha!

Oops! Not a Prince guy. Hahaha!


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