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By Ajay Tyagi
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The Western Forehand Grip is an enhancement to the semi-western forehand grip. After taking the western grip, the hand should move further clockwise with the thumb overlapping the middle finger.
This grip is obtained when you place the hand in such a way that the base knuckle of the index finger is right on the fourth bevel. This grip is mostly practiced by the clay-court specialists and players who practice strokes with heavy spin on their balls.
Pros: This is an extreme grip with allows the ball to react drastically. There in more pace to work with and the ball can be aimed deeper near the baseline with a tremendous spin on the forehand. The ball surges and has a high momentum after bouncing which makes it difficult for the opponent to face and play. This grip is effectively used to handle high balls and baseline strokes.
Cons: This is the grip which is complete disaster when it comes to lower balls on the court. As the swing takes a longer time with this grip, it is not advisable for faster surfaces. There has to be a great amount of strength in the wrist and forearm to make the strokes at the net. Transition from this grip to another is also difficult to make when the player has to switch from hitting strokes to hitting a volley.
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