The extreme one-handed backhand grip is where the heel pad and index knuckle of your hitting hand rest on the eighth bevel of the tennis racket handle (one bevel counter-clockwise from the very “top” of the handle).

At 0:30 in the video above you can see me holding the racket with an extreme one-handed backhand grip, and both my heel pad and index knuckle are resting on that eighth bevel of the tennis racket handle. A simple way to find the extreme one-handed backhand grip is to get yourself into the semi-western forehand grip, and then turn your arm and the tennis racket over to your backhand side. For a visual explanation of this, see 0:45 in the video above.

You may ask yourself, Why don’t I just play with a semi-western forehand and an extreme one handed backhand grip so that I never have to change grips for groundstrokes?” In theory, I suppose you could do this, but I do not know of any player at the pro level who uses both a semi-western forehand and an extreme one-handed backhand grip. Firstly, it forces you to hit a semi-western forehand, and second, the extreme one-handed backhand grip is a tough grip to master. A player like Justine Henin had an amazing one-hander using this grip, but most players use something a little more conservative.


  1. Singlehander says

    Basically, it does require more shoulder, foot, and body work.  But it does give more power, spin, and support.  I’m glad there’s more extreme grip single hander here 🙂  Let’s kick some eastern grip butts~

  2. Beveldevil says

    This is INCORRECT.  Henin (and Kuerten and others) use what is best called an “Extreme Eastern” grip, which is where the index knuckle is BETWEEN bevels 8 and 1, on the corner between the two bevels.  In other words, it is one-half bevel back from the regular Eastern grip.   Do a Google Image search for “henin extreme eastern grip” and you’ll see a nice picture of her grip with bevel 8 highlighted in red.  FYB guys, please correct this information about grips because it really sets back the 1hbh. 

    • Russell Ho says

      You are right about this. I have used semi-western 1HBH (on bevel 8) since I was 12 yrs old, I am now 60 yrs and decide to adjust to extreme Easter (between 8&1). This helps me to pick up half volley ground but it’s not as easy to handle high bouncing ball coming to my back hand side when I use semi-western 1HBH. Perhaps it helps to handle such high bouncing ball when I was short at the age of 15 that’s why I kept it for a long time. I wouldn’t suggest SW 1hbh to anyone, as racket face is 22.5 degree facing lower than extreme eastern 1hbh.

    • Russell Ho says

      You can call me unorthodox too, I didn’t need to change grip either when I use semi-wester 1hbh and forehand. It’s what Johnny Mac called windshield wiper motion.
      Don’t suggest that either.

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  4. UnorthodoxMethod says

    I never change grip, using the semi-western forehand and extreme one hander. To me, the forehand grip feels completely natural. If you don’t have to change grips you have an advantage at high speed levels of balls coming at you, because you change from fh to bh in no-time.

    Furthermore, the extreme one-hander allows you to hit surprising balls with both top and side-spin instead of just pure top spin. It is an interesting way of playing groundstrokes, even though it is unorthodox.

  5. Martin Wagner says

    why i can’t see the video?

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