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    I am a passionate tennis intermediate club level player.
    I play forehand with a mild eastern or extreme continental grip.
    So,I cannot close out a point by hitting a winner.
    Though my placement was good but the power behind the stroke is less hence my inability to hit a winner.
    I tried to change to eastern or extreme eastern grip but i hit most balls into net or my i do lot of mishit.
    I want to hit power winner on both corners of the baseline.Pls help how I can bring about the transistion.

    Thanks in advance

    Arun
    India.

    #2891

    Hey Arun,

    Thank you for your post and question! Unfortunately without getting to work with you personally or seeing a video of you hitting with an eastern grip it can be challenging to provide you with specific guidance. I would rather avoid trying to provide specific guidance without knowing the source of the problems your experiencing.

    Recognizing this I wanted to provide you with some general advice and feedback for changing your grip.

    • Question the change. Many players will assume that to bring about great change in their game they need to make big changes to their strokes, such as a grip change. In some cases this may be true, however often times the desired result can be achieved through adjustments to an existing stroke. Make sure your clear on why you want to change, if possible work with an instructor to see if there are modifications you can make to your existing stroke and then work from there.
    • Set goals. If you decide that a grip change is the route you’d like to take set a few goals for why you want to make the decision and write them down. It’s important to be clear about your intentions and writing your goals down is a powerful step that helps set the mind in motion towards achieving the desired result.
    • Make a commitment. Once you’ve decided to change your grip don’t look back. Grip changes can be challenging, especially if you’ve been using the same grip for years. Generally speaking it’s not an easy process to transition from one grip to another, but if you’re doing it for the right reasons it can be very rewarding. Stay committed to the change and resist the temptation to revert back to the old grip.
    • Practice, practice, practice. The truth is you’re going to have to practice, a lot. The more you can practice the quicker you’ll likely be able to bring about the change you desire.
    • Hire an instructor. This would be a great opportunity to take advantage of an experienced instructor. Not only can they help you through the transition they can also help evaluate whether the transition is a good idea in the first place. If you’re looking to speed up the transition then hiring a tennis instructor is a great way to do so.
    • Be patient. Successfully changing from one grip to another will take time so don’t expect results overnight. The more you realize this before you try to switch the better of you’ll be. Again, as long as you’re changing your grip for the right reasons the payoff will be well worth it, so be patient.
    • Have fun with it. You’re going to hit more than your fair share of ugly shots and things will likely feel pretty awkward for a while. Recognize that it’s all part of the process and do your best to enjoy the challenge vs getting caught up in the difficulty of it. After all, it’s tennis!!

    Hopefully this helps point you in the right direction.

    If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

    All the best,
    Jon

    #2895

    Anonymous

    I have used an Eastern grip for years and transition to the Continental for backgrounds, volleys at the net, or for serves. It is a very flexible grip and you can, under pressure responding to fast returns, maintain that grip and be able to hit both low and high balls. The key is to hit the ball cleanly in the middle of the racquet and follow through. If you have trouble sending your balls long, then try coming over the top of the ball to put some top spin on it. You should focus on using one grip for your basic forehand.

    I have found it quite useful to point to the ball as you are getting ready to hit it and then follow the ball into the racquet.This helps position your body. Be sure to take a step forward as you swing – a good low to high swing with full follow through (the racquet should come all away around and over your shoulder if you are hitting from the baseline) should provide you the power you need.

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