Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TwistServe, Jun 15, 2004.
What do you guys do after you hit the ball?
I almost always reset to the Continental grip.
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.
Use an eastern grip for most everything except half of my serves I hit continental.
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.
I think its practical, and also save time IMHO.
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.
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!
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.
reset back to forehand grip, due to habit, it feels more natural to keep a forehand grip and switch to backhand if necessary
^ 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.
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.
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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