Last updated on 29-Sep-2012 02:46:24 AM
Almost a week ago, I changed my grip from shakehands because the ball always touched my index finger which i kept straight on the rubber. I know the correct way is to place the finger perpendicular to the handle, but I tried it and was uncomfortable using that grip. So now I'm using a different type of grip....see in the pictures here
Forehand - http://s7.postimage.org/dngrqj6ff/forehand.jpg
Backhand - http://s16.postimage.org/ioulbgz6t/backhand.jpg
Side view - http://s10.postimage.org/kpt654u5l/view_from_side.jpg
By seeing at thumb and index finger position its a shakehand grip! and by other 3 fingers its a penhold grip!
I don't have any problems using it and can use my backhand more effectively than before. But as its a very unusual grip, I was getting worried about increasing my level. Would you recommend using it, or changing it to shakehand?
Apart from this, I have another question...nowadays when I do the topspin (forehand and backhand both) I feel like the rubber has lost its property now. Earlier I used to do effective spins but now it can't do any spin effectively. I tried rubbing my finger over it and found out that it was slippery. Has the life of rubber ended so quickly? Its just a couple of months old, I bought it in June or July this year. Its STIGA EVO which came with pre assembled bat.
This is an interesting grip. The problem I would see with this grip is that you are losing control of the racket because you don't have it in contact with the palm of your hand.
It does sound like you rubber is dead. You may need to replace the bat. If those sorts of bats are exposed to sun or heat the rubber will die quickly.