Last updated on 04-Mar-2012 11:53:44 AM
I have been using two slightly different grips for my backhand and forehand.I know its not at all advisable to use two different grips. But now i have been using it for 3 years and never had much problem with it . But now i am playing with really good players who are extremly good at placing balls at both corners alternatively with great variations and this does not give me much time to change my grip and most of the times i mess it up.
There is not much difference in my grips except from that when i am playing with forehand the thumb is little outwards(touching the wooden part of the racket) and that allows me with the space to free up my arms and play an aggressive shot . But when i am using my backhand i tend to use my thumb little inwards touching the rubber part allowing me to take much better control while top spinning the ball and for other strokes such as chop.
So ,I would like to ask what grip should i use to develop my skills further. Should , I continue playing the way i am playing . Is it normal to have slightly different grips for forehand and backhand ?
OR should i use a single grip for both and try to master it .
Any help will be greatly appreciated
I think ideally it is best to have the same grip for both sides specifically for the problems you are starting to face now as the ball is travelling faster because you are reaching a higher level.
A small adjustment is possible with the thumb but if you find it is effecting your strokes then you should stay with the grip you are using for the forehand with your thumb down on the wood.
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