Feeding balls from baseline -- which grip?

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What forehand grip used feeding balls to your practice partner (both at baselines)?

  1. Continental

    56.3%
  2. Eastern grip

    25.0%
  3. Semi-Western

    12.5%
  4. Western

    6.3%
  1. corbind

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    During practice with both players at their respective baselines -- when beginning a rally what grip to you use and why? I've always fed balls in practice hitting flat FH using a Continental grip. Now I'm starting to wonder if I should be using my usual Eastern grip to mimic normal stroke mechanics. If turned toward the BH I'll at times feed balls flat via Continental backhand.
     
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  2. OKUSA

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    I use my normal semi western grip
     
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  3. TomT

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    I think I use my usual grip, which I think is sort of an Eastern, but I'm not sure. :) Never really thought about it. But I think that sometimes I come over the ball, and sometimes I sort of slice under the ball when feeding, from both FH and BH. The important thing, I think, is that the feed be relatively gentle with minimal spin and hit right to the other player to start the rally.
     
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  4. arche3

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    If you want to look boss you drop the ball low and hit the ball with conti grip when the ball Is low off the ground. You can hit it flat or with top spin. Its the easiest way to feed. Watch any teaching pro. Or any atp pro on warm ups before a match. Thats how you feed. Otherwise you look like a newb
     
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  5. HughJars

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    Do you brush your teeth anti clockwise or clockwise?
     
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  6. The Meat

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    I use continental, I get a good pop that's deep and high enough so my rally partner doesn't have to adjust much to hit the ball. Don't add too much top spin, it's freaking annoying when people do this.
     
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  7. psv255

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    I use continental; the resulting feed is easy to return, consistent, and easily controlled. I let the ball drop to knee-level and hit it with an open racquet face.

    The simplest feed for most would probably be a drop-fed FH.
     
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  8. sovertennis

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    ^^
    This, and feed to the T.
     
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  9. Gyswandir

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    Used to used eastern, but always wondered about the continental advice until I read a quote by Sampras describing a match warmup with a person who used semi western. He said something to the effect "right away I knew I'd win coz he didn't have any feel."
    After having learned to feed with conti, I agree. It develops a lot of feel in your hand and teaches you to better control
     
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