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Best Tennis Forehand Grip? Eastern vs Semi Western vs Western – Forehand Grips Explained



Best Tennis Forehand Grip? Eastern vs Semi Western vs Western – Forehand Grips Explained. The grip you use on your tennis forehand will determine a lot in your tennis game.Turn your forehand into a weapon with out FREE guide –
There are three main tennis forehand grips that you can use, the eastern tennis forehand grip, the semi-western tennis forehand grip, and the western tennis forehand grip.
Your forehand grip will build the basis of your game style in rallies.

The Foundation of All Tennis Grips
There are two main pressure points on your hand when holding a tennis racket. The base of your index knuckle and the heel pad on the palm. Where you position both of these pressure points will determine which grip you’re using.
It’s important to spread the hand out, over the grip, especially the index finger.
This will allow you to maneuver the racket with more ease and feel what the racket is doing.
You want to avoid holding the racket like a club, with all your fingers squashed together.

The Eight Bevels on A Tennis Racket
There are eight bevels on your tennis racket, starting with number one at the top. For right-handers, you go clockwise from 1-8, and for left-handers, you go anti-clockwise.
Each bevel is a straight line before a sharp edge that goes onto the next bevel.

Eastern Forehand Grip
If you place both your index base knuckle and heel pad on bevel three of the tennis racket, this would make an eastern forehand grip. This grip allows you to hit flatter, produce a longer contact zone, and suits a more aggressive game style.
Dealing with low and medium height balls is easy with this grip, but many players struggle to handle high balls using the eastern forehand grip.
This grip works well on faster surfaces such as grass, artificial grass, fast hard courts, carpet courts, and indoor surfaces.
Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are two players who use the eastern forehand grip.

Semi-Western Forehand Grip
Place the heel pad and index knuckle on bevel four, this makes the semi-western forehand grip. This grip will allow you to deal with high, medium, and low balls but some players will struggle to generate power on lower balls. Ideal for players who like to mix up play, sometimes using heavy topspin and sometimes flattening out the ball.
This grip will work well on all court surfaces including grass, clay, and hard courts. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray use the semi-western forehand grip.

Western Forehand Grip
If you place the base index knuckle and heel pad on bevel five, this makes the western forehand grip. This grip helps players produce lots of topspin since the strings are closed most of the way. The contact point has to be timed perfectly in order to make the most of this grip.
The western forehand grip suits players who play on clay and high bouncing hard courts, but you may find it hard to produce power with this grip.
Kyle Edmund and Jack Sock use the western forehand grip.

Which Tennis Forehand Grip Is the Best?
The best grip will be different for each and every player. For a more attacking game style, the semi-western or eastern would suit them more. For someone who mainly plays on clay and likes to grind, they might prefer the western forehand grip.

Which Grip Do the Pros Use?
Most ATP and WTA players use the semi-western forehand grip since it allows you to produce both heavy topspin and a flatter forehand when you need it.

Video Timeline
00:00 – Best Tennis Forehand Grip Video Intro
00:44 – Pressure Points and Tennis Racket Bevels Explained
2:21 – Your Forehand Grip Will Help or Hinder Your Gamestyle
3:13 – Eastern Forehand Grip Explained
7:01 – Semi-Western Forehand Grip Explained
9:10 – Western Forehand Grip Explained
13:08 – Which Forehand Grip Is Best?

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  1. I use a western grip for top spin shots , and an eastern grip for flat shots….And by the way low balls are very easy with a western grip.

  2. i’ve been struggling with my forehand recently like i’ve been in a slump, everything i’m hitting is short or far back if it’s in it isn’t a strong shot and barely goes over the net i feel week with it but a month ago i felt so strong and i was playing great. my backhand and serve is still good but forehand has been so tough and i just lost a match that i definitely should have been able to win but due to my recent inconsistently i lost. i was considering switching to a semi western grip bc ive been using a eastern and i cant seem to fix it would you recommend i do that?

  3. As a club player whose gone to Nationals, every shot needs a different grip. Low fast flat slider incoming to backhand, gets a slice return. Where as, high deep bounce to forehand gets a wrist slap side spin return

  4. I got an pretty solid western grip that I love, but I always get recurring wrist pain. Idk if I should switch to semi-western and if I do, how long it will take to relearn the stroke

  5. I am 57 years old and 164 cm tall. I play semi-western but I have problem with power. The balls are too slow. When I change the grip to the eastern, there is more power, but I have to hit less because the balls go out of the court. And I still have a problem which grip to choose to play with.

  6. I've just looked at other sites that say an eastern grip is index knuckle and pad on bevel 5 not 3??! Wish there was some consistency on this.

  7. Superb again – thank you! I have a strong western grip, which supports deep and high spin baseline shots on a good day, but difficult to attack and consistency is too low. And indeed trouble with low / short balls unless I am moving really well and able to maneuver the racquet. I would like to make a change towards semi western grip, but slightly nervous of the required change journey as strong western grip is so deep in my playing style and racquet plane. Any wise words / supporting ideas?

  8. Bro really said "two of the most famous players that use Semi Western grip" and right away mention Murray over Novak Djokovic 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

  9. Simon, I very much enjoy your videos on even the fundamentals such as this. I have made a great deal of progress over the past year, but am still struggling to change my forehand grip from semi-western to Eastern. It's as if my hands fit the grip in only one way, which is the semi-western. When I return fast balls with the Eastern grip, I find that my grip slips near the buttcap of the racquet, thus compromising my Eastern FH stroke. I have no such slippage problems with the semi-western. I suppose I will have to make do and figure out how to flatten out in a reproducible manner with the semi-western grip. Thanks, Simon!

  10. Eastern versus Semi-Western all comes down to where you can hit the ball in relation to your center of rotation, and how easy it is to pronate, flex your bicep, flex your deltoids, and to a lesser extent, jump up if generating top spin. From what I can tell, both grips allow full pronation, flexing of your bicep and deltoid, and jumping. The ideal contact point is as far away from your center of rotation as possible (higher racket head velocity), and so the semi-western suffers from this defficiency. As Federer has demonstrated, you can hit amazing topsin with the eastern, and I would argue you can hit even more topspin with this grip than you can a semi-western or even full western. The reason it seems like westerns hit more topspin is as Simon said. It's tough to flatten a western grip, but not because you can't swing in a flat way, but because you have to severly limit your pronation which feels extremely unnatural for a western grips point of contact, thus they naturally pronate more than the other grips, and the same problem exists for the continental. It's extremely easy to hit flat, but very hard to pronate. Eastern and Semi-Western lie in between the two, Eastern I think optimally being in the middle of all the grips, able to hit huge topspin as well as flattening out a ball, all because of one last biomechanical feet. The wrist can flex and extend.

    For an eastern, this is the difference between being able to hit the ball in front of you and pronate more naturally as a semi-western. To do this, you simply extend your wrist from it's neutral position, and now you can attack the ball at a "semi-western" position, allowing that pronation. Or you can keep it neutral and use it to hit a more flat ball closer to your side but further from your center of rotation. A semi-western cannot do this, because hitting the ball requires you to already have wrist extension. This is why I think the Eastern will ultimately be the best grip after this new wave of "modern forehands" fades out when the next Roger Federer, who understands this biomechanical advantage, comes back to dominate.

    Maybe I'm wrong, but that's the full train of thought after hours of analysis on what grips work and why.

  11. I'm confused simon ,idk either I'm using a semi western grip or western grip. Is there any specific sign that I can differ these two clearly ?
    My next quastion is if my grip is western how can I change it to semi western grip and how long does it take ?

  12. I like to hit flat and fast. In fact the faster my opponent hits, the better my return will be once I get past the mental intimidation part of it. I tend to have most trouble with high bouncing short balls where I have too much time to eff it up! I guess I need to switch to a semi western grip to deal with those!

  13. Just like to point out that Kei Nishikori was one of the biggest hitters on tour and he had a very extreme western grip. Hitting flat with a western grip is very possible. I use a Western forehand grip and have never experienced any of these issues. I'm a 5.0 high school player everything can be done with practice with a western grip. Part of the problem may be that western grips aren't super compatible with straight arm forehands.

  14. Hey Simon, just wondering, do you know what grip Soderling used? I hear he actually had a more full-western grip, but he hit such enormous flat shots. Cheers

  15. Disclaimer: Long Post

    Great Video! I'm a Italian amateur 5'7 player and now ive been playing since 7/8 month…mainly on clay courts. Ive started with a Semi and even full western grip (i know that sound absurd but i feel that form more natural for some strange reason), its good because of my height, ive to hit that high balls very often so that help, but when it comes to manage longer rallies ive a lot of problem generatin power and precision…Also my style is not a long grinding one…my serve very fast (for amateur level) so my first istinct is to attack the return inside with a power forehand, but in matches against stronger opponents i cannot do that…so im forced to play in a back position where my forehand starts to lack of consistency…i need to have the ball very close to my body so ive nightmares returning side shots! To compensate that im used to hit a forehand slice, but at that point im in the other player's hands… And to generate power i need to really do that swing with my arm, but when i miss a couple of shot im not so confident…so my forehand became very bad…

    So, of course isnt only the grip but also my bad footwork and stance, but considering my style, im thinking to change my forehand to a eastern grip…any opinions? Thanks!

  16. After 25 years using a full western grip yesterday I started my journey to join the semi western gang, 30 minutes hitting first day, 1 hour today and I did hit a few nice balls, the amount of power you get in semi western is at least 3 times more then full western, and off course much harder to keep the ball in the court, I tried to play a competitive set with semi western and gave up, it is frustrating as hell. Has anyone made the transition ? How many hours of play until you have total control of direction and depth ? Thanks

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