Hi Ed:

Well, I tried the Power -V- Grip on the ball machine a few days ago and served a few hundred balls.

I used it at the clinic last night and in a set or doubles and singles plus an extended rally.

As you warned, there is a time needed to adjust.  Mostly on my serve, but it only took a day to get the old feeling back.

My forehand is considerably more powerful.   My racquet feels like it has been strung with 5 less lbs of tension (=greater power) or it is plugged into some sort of a electric supercharger, so I need to adjust my next stringing with more tension and adjust my stroke to compensate for the increased power and leverage.  I can see how much power is lost by the subtle twisting of conventional grips.  One would never know unless they used the Power -V- Grip to compare.  I also notice that I hit the ball in the same spot more consistently.  Again, I attribute this to the subtle twisting of conventional grips and make the mechanics less predictable.  With the Power -V- Grip , I really "lock-in" a grip and as I repeat the motion, over and over, I get the same results.  This was not the case prior.  There were variations in shot placement.

The Power -V- Grip has helped stabilize my previously, unpredictable one-handed backhand and, like the forehand, I am getting more predictable results.  My volley game is the best ever.  Although there is probably less oneness on the grip in volleying, the shape allows me to grab the racquet with more authority and off-center volleys are not twisted.  Again, when I say "twisted", I do not mean REALLY twisted, just slight movements that have significant impact on the balls path off the racquet.  As tennis is primarily a game of controlling the ball first, power second, (we all know about the power first, control the ball second players), the Power -V- Grip really makes a difference in the added power and control.

I realize your value proposition tends to highlight the ability of beginners and intermediate players to "lock in" a grip and understand different types of grips, but I see this as a real enhancement for advanced (4.5+) players as well.  Those who play a lot of matches would benefit from more consistent control and more power regardless if they could pass a quiz naming the various types of grips.  I hold the racquet at the end with the butt on my lower palm (whip approach) and the Power -V- Grip has given me the best of both worlds, a light grip power whip motion with no twisting and great control.  As we discussed, I applied the Power -V- Grip without cutting it and placed the Bevel on the butt of the handle.  I wrapped my grip, with one full revolution covering the hard edge and going over about 1/4" to give me a soft round shape for my lower palm, the Power -V- Grip locks in beginning on my ring finger on through my index finger.

I pulled my racquet out at the clinic last night and created quite a stir.  I noticed how many 4.0 players do not really understand grips.  Most of them were probably taught a grip by their original pro and never looked back.  After a quick review of your Web site, it appeared to be the resident expert of grips and leveraging their attributes.

I have matches scheduled over the summer and I am looking forward to the results I can expect with the Power -V- Grip .  When I think of the close matches I lost that went to deuce a lot and tie breakers, I imagine that if I can eliminate 10% of my unforced and forced errors due to a more consistent placement, that is probably the margin if victory for many of these matches.

Thanks again for inventing the Power -V- Grip and revolutionizing my game.  I scratch my head in wonderment that your product is not sold in every pro and tennis shop and is not recommended by pros to their students, especially those who may be struggling with consistency (and who isn't).

Randy

Play Championship Tennis

Great testimonial from Randy, CA   Thanks Randy for the great testimonial and your kind words.   Ed