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Published: 22 Jan 2010 - 03:58 by juan

Updated: 29 Jan 2010 - 20:34

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I've seen many different grip positions within the web videos. They go between estern forehand, continental and estern backhand grip. I play somewhere in between the eastern forehand and the continental. Wanted to know if im correct and what are the diferences using one or the another. I've tried de estern backhand and worked well for the forehand but awfull on backhand.

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From aprice1985 - 29 Jan 2010 - 20:34

I decided to alter my grip to the one shown (or at least something a bit more similar) so have shited the racquet slightly so it sits more in the fingers and less in the palm of my hand, with no practice time at all I have gone out to play my league matches using this!  Having been relegated it is hard to say if the grip really improves my play or not but I won both matches without noticing too much difference in the way I play or any change in the strain on muscles in the forearm but having won both the matches I will persist.  On another note I also stripped the racquet grip down to just the originial one grip to see if that helped, I know there is a forum post on this and am trying to hunt it down to have a read.

BTW Rita, I got no sound for the first section of the video but there was sound after that and then a block without sound before sound comes back, I presumed that this was as the creators intended.

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From rippa rit - 23 Jan 2010 - 07:03   -   Updated: 23 Jan 2010 - 07:16

Yeah that is a good explanation of the grip (not that the sound worked for me) but I could understand from the actions what he was on about.  From a coaching point of view there are ways to experiment with a player to get them to swing the racket correctly and to have control of the racket head, use the pronation/supination, use the open face as necessary, get power, be able to hit finesse, etc..

Post continued under Technical Discussion/Discuss this Page.  There are many posts on this topic on this subject at this link in the Squash Library.


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From aprice1985 - 23 Jan 2010 - 04:56

Well this explains something!  I have been gripping the racquet in the palm of my hand not the edge, couldn't really fit my little finger in between racquet and hand, never really understood what that was about until this, may make my swing a bit easier!

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From juan - 23 Jan 2010 - 02:30

Yes, I've hit with that grip,did like the forehand, but didn't the backhand. Now I understand there is no universal grip. Shabana on this video switches from forehand to backhand (his grip on BH is wierd but makes sence).  Any way I will still play with the shake hands grip on both sides. It feels ok and it seems to be the most popular.

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From Adz - 23 Jan 2010 - 00:23



That's one of the first times I've seen my style of grip on a video clip.... The opening scene where the guy has the V draw on the handle is nearly how I hold my racquet. It's where the V is shifted more around to the front face of the racquet leading to a very open forehand face and a closed backhand face (meaning you need a more flexible wrist to play the backhand shots when the ball is behind you).


The important thing with any of the grip styles is that they ACTUALLY WORK.


Is your grip correct? It is if it works without causing you difficulties in playing certain styles of shots. My grip leads to a difficulty on the backhand, but over the years of playing I've adapted to a level that I'm comfortable with. But I'm no pro-player. If I was then I'd have to go completely back to the start and learn to play with a new grip style (as the more open faced-forehand grip leads to backhand trouble at speed and under pressure!!).


Good post though.... and I like the vid-link






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From juan - 22 Jan 2010 - 08:14

Maybe my post it's a bit confusing. I did not ment switching grips, but the grip it self for all shots. Like I said from my understanding this site recomends an estern grip, similar to shake hands with the racket, but the are some videos like ... t&Itemid=6 that show a grip similar to estern back hand grip, forming the V on the inner edge of the the racket.

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2010 - 06:40   -   Updated: 22 Jan 2010 - 06:47

juan, I am not sure which web videos you are referring to.  Can you give me some idea if it is our Gold Squash Video Library, or something you have seen elsewhere?  A link would be helpful. The grip remains the same for all shots though some players do hold the racket higher on the handle than others. Experienced players may alter the grip/wrist positioning on purpose due to their own body positioning at the time of retrieving shots from awkward positions, eg back corners.

PS - A few articles have shown up now under the Relevant Content tab, take a browse.

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