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Offline Bundey

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« on: September 27, 2006, 03:23:12 PM »
OK, so i was a tennis lesson, and i have always used a continental on my serve, but the instructor told me to use semi western... wtf.  i mean am i supposed to listen to that... what do you guys use.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006, 03:37:45 PM »
I would not follow that advice at all, using a forehand grip on your serve is quite stupid unless you've been doing it since you were like 5. Stick to continental, much more effective for serve.[/i]
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006, 06:25:16 PM »
Nothing wrong with trying this grip or that grip. But I would find a new coach if they insist on it. There are many pros who have used a semi western forehand grip to serve with (Boris Becker comes significantly to mind) and have success with it.
I use a contiental on a flat serve, which I haven't hit in 5 years, and a eastern backhand grip for spinners.

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2006, 06:38:08 PM »
I prefer the continental grip myself.  Is this your typical coach?  Did he/she give you a reason why they wanted you to try a different grip?  I think the continental grip is the best overall grip for serves.  That is my opinion though, but I think you will find it a preference amound solid tennis players.

If it is a coach that you trust, by all means, see how it feels.  They might have a particular reason why they are asking you to try it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2006, 06:54:30 PM »
Semi-western on a serve seems pretty rediculous to me.  In fact like two years ago I changed from a semi-western to continental on my serve and my serve is light years better.  I think some people argue that its easier because then you'll use the same grip on your forehand(assuming you use semi-western) and serve and you don't have to move it over, but thats a very weak argument.

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2006, 08:04:29 PM »
I use a semi-western on my serve when my consistency starts to drop... it really flattens out the serve and sometimes increase the speed if u master it right... I think u should just try it out; u might end up liking it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2006, 08:33:24 PM »
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I prefer the continental grip myself.  Is this your typical coach?  Did he/she give you a reason why they wanted you to try a different grip?  I think the continental grip is the best overall grip for serves.  That is my opinion though, but I think you will find it a preference amound solid tennis players.

If it is a coach that you trust, by all means, see how it feels.  They might have a particular reason why they are asking you to try it.


No he isnt my usual coach, he said it would give me more pop, but i already have descent pop and i put a lot of spin on my serves... something hard to do with semi-western.  When i first started using continental it felt so unatural, and took me forever to learn, but now i cant switch back to semi-western.  I tried using the semi and i couldn't stand it, needless to say im keeping continental.

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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2006, 08:35:18 PM »
If he is not the usual dude who gives you lessons then I would not pay too much attention to him especially in the way of grips.  If he is someone you plan on investing a lot of time with for lessons then you need to make that choice.  I would hope he would respect your decision if you told him you would like to stay with the continental.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2006, 08:37:42 PM »
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If he is not the usual dude who gives you lessons then I would not pay too much attention to him especially in the way of grips.  If he is someone you plan on investing a lot of time with for lessons then you need to make that choice.  I would hope he would respect your decision if you told him you would like to stay with the continental.


Yeah, plus I mean, i think the desired serve is continental.  It gives more options to use, which is why all the pros use it.  It confused me when he wanted a switch.

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2006, 08:38:29 PM »
Is he someone you are considering making a switch to or taking more lessons from?
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2006, 08:43:34 PM »
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Is he someone you are considering making a switch to or taking more lessons from?


Not now, lol.  My dad is my usual coach and he does a good job.  He is the one who taught me everything from serve to ground strokes.  He asked me to take lessons from this guy because he heard he was good, but the person who told him that he was a good coach isn't even great himself.  I'm sure this coach wouldn't be terrible but he told me some bizzare things.

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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2006, 08:45:27 PM »
I recommend looking around at different pros and getting an idea of what they are like if you are on the hunt for a coach to take you to the next level.  :)
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2006, 08:47:10 PM »
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I recommend looking around at different pros and getting an idea of what they are like if you are on the hunt for a coach to take you to the next level.  :)


OK, thanks for the advice.  :H  but the nice thing about my dad is that he is free.  lol  :))

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2006, 08:49:36 PM »
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I recommend looking around at different pros and getting an idea of what they are like if you are on the hunt for a coach to take you to the next level.  :)


OK, thanks for the advice.  :H  but the nice thing about my dad is that he is free.  lol  :))


Amen to that!  But if your Dad is offering to pay for another coach it is all free to you anyways!
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2006, 08:54:27 PM »
Yeah thats true.  But I dont think he is too wild about giving away money to someone who tried to switch my serve when I worked hard to get the continental implanted into my brain (and trust me it was a painful process).  He would probably be willing to try a new coach though.

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2006, 10:40:29 AM »
I can't even imagine hitting a serve with a western grip.  I would never recommend that to someone.
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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2006, 02:48:02 PM »
i think u should stick to continital

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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2006, 09:09:08 PM »
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OK, so i was a tennis lesson, and i have always used a continental on my serve, but the instructor told me to use semi western... wtf.  i mean am i supposed to listen to that... what do you guys use.


Tell your coach you want a refund.


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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2006, 06:11:03 PM »
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OK, so i was a tennis lesson, and i have always used a continental on my serve, but the instructor told me to use semi western... wtf.  i mean am i supposed to listen to that... what do you guys use.


Tell your coach you want a refund.


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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2006, 06:04:11 AM »
I would sue him if I were you......

And bury him.....