Grip change reset

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What do you do after you hit the ball?

  1. Reset to continential grip

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  2. Reset to backhand grip

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  3. Reset to forehand grip

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  4. I don't reset. I keep current grip as is

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  1. TwistServe

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    What do you guys do after you hit the ball?
     
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  2. Tim Tennis

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    I almost always reset to the Continental grip.
     
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  3. gmlasam

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    I leave it in a Western grip. I use same grip on forehand and backhand. If the ball is low, below my waste, change my forehand to either an eastern or semi western.
     
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  4. kevhen

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    Use an eastern grip for most everything except half of my serves I hit continental.
     
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  5. TwistServe

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    I was actually thinking about doing this last night but with a minor grip adjustment since my backhand and forehand grips are close but not exact. Is this method unorthadox? I heard a few clay court specialist pro's use same forehand and backhand grip. I can see a major advantage with this by allowing myself to setup and prepair faster though.
     
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  6. gmlasam

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    I think its practical, and also save time IMHO.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

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    I reset to a forehand grip. It is easy to change to backhand grip on the fly with the non-dominant arm. My waiting grip is a firehand grip for the service return. this means on every shot towards me I only have one grip change to the backhand. IF you keep your hands loose enough on the grip, you can make that change real quick.
     
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  8. Feña14

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    I always go back to my Mad Extreme Western Forehand grip, and if it comes back to my forehand then thats great, if it comes to my backhand then I just put my left hand on to hit a 2 hander.

    Simple really, but I do this because I have never had a lesson in my life, which gives me lots of bad habits but thats what makes my game unique and fun. I wouldn't have it any other way!

    -Liam
     
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  9. TennsDog

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    I reset to my forehand shot for the same reason you are supposed to wait to return with a forehand grip: you take both hands back to setup to hit a backhand, the second hand aids in adjusting the grip during the backswing; a forehand takeback only has one hand so it is very tough to switch during the takeback. By resetting to forehand, I am ready to take back and prepare for a forehand shot, but if I need a backhand, it is easier to switch grips. Also, I find my extreme western grip to me the most comfortable way to hold the racket -- feels more natural.
     
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  10. kreative

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    reset back to forehand grip, due to habit, it feels more natural to keep a forehand grip and switch to backhand if necessary
     
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  11. jayserinos99

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    ^ i think it's due to your 2-handed backhand as your left hand moves into it's forehand grip while your right hand moves into a more neutral continental.

    as for me, i switch to a continental and then determine what grip i need from there. on the return, my ready position is a hybrid of two forehand grips (i have a 2hbh) which helps me prepare quicker.
     
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  12. Cypo

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    Well - I'm the odd-man out, my right (dominate) hand rests on the racquet not in any grip. The left hand holds the racquet.
     
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  13. joe sch

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    I think the first action after hitting the ball should be attempting to reset your court position, which usually means recentering according to your court position. I think the most natural hand reset for most players is to the position you used when receiving serve, thus you are best ready for a return to either side. For me, this means moving my dominant hand to the backhand grip and using my non-dominant hand to futher support my grip, ie the 2 handed starting position.
     
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