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Can't believe a pro has that grip, the old Hawaiian use one side of the racket. Tim please analyze.

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Comment by Tim Prapong on October 13, 2011 at 1:29pm

Yeah, that choking up on the handle makes her stroke look less confident than Gasquet's, to say the least. 

I like Gasquet using his extended index finger on his left hand as a brace along the rim of the racquet head. Gives an extra awareness to the stroke shape.

Comment by Bart Wallace on October 13, 2011 at 5:05am

nice shots of gasquet!!! and my old rkt...:) he is typically coiled and ready to explode, moving into the ball,  racket high for maximum gravity assistance, she is standing more upright not charging into the ball, which could be defensive shots, and her other arm is dangling in the first photo, so i thought a quick return..

her grip  looks more extreme eastern in the newer photos, and she chokes way up on the racket ARGGHHH!!! preventing her from really pronating the wrist and cracking the whip.  That is what looks really odd,  my backhand "service return grip"  looks basically that girls photo in a mirror, i jet my arm out cocked, twist a bit with the shoulders and pull / rip it through, (against fast serves...)

the degree she choked up was not as obvious due to perspective,  i guess she chokes up for control and obviously not max power.odd for a single hander',,

i like gasquets grip covering the whole handle!! for extra snap!!


Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 1:05pm
His trunk and hips are much more parallel to the ground than the WTA pro. Note how much straighter his arm is, with little bend in the elbow. Plus, he is holding his right shoulder in longer than the WTA pro, who has a lot more elbow bend and less shoulder adduction. Gasquet is going to get much more drive and power than the WTA pro as a result.
Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 12:53pm
Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 12:49pm

Well, I put these pics up to show where the grip is. Her thumb joint is clearly in the middle of bevel 5 or even to the left of the middle, verging towards bevel 4. Once the thumb joint verges toward bevel 4, consequently, the index knuckle must fall on bevel 8. Try it and without fail, no matter how big or small the hand is, it will land right there. This grip is full Western.

In the following image, you will see Gasquet's grip. It is strong Eastern, just like Bart's grip. His thumb joint is on bevel 6, and the index knuckle is on the right side of bevel 1 verging on bevel 2. 

Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 12:38pm
Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 12:37pm
Comment by Tim Prapong on October 12, 2011 at 12:36pm
Comment by Bart Wallace on October 8, 2011 at 10:27pm

looks very close to my eastern backhand grip, which is by and large modeled after gasquets... she has led the uncoil with her hips and in turn rotating her shoulders for power, her wrist is fully loaded as she is showing the butt of the racket at her opponent !!!!  and holding the wrist pro-nation until just before impact, then exploding the wrist at impact like cracking a whip...

it looks a bit like club player grip, but actually is a very powerful loaded wrist ready to explode into the ball. Try this yourselves, cock your wrists and  point the butt of the racket like a flashlight at your opponent, and try to hold it pointed at your opponent during the swing up to 6-12  inches from impact,  like the girl in the photo...then crack the whip!!!!..

Comment by Hal Wagner on October 4, 2011 at 10:55pm
lower ranked player, do not know her name

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