After years of playing tennis from the hip I decided 2 years ago to upgrade my game. I was hellbent on going from 4.0 to at least 4.5. I had always hit a pretty good topspin forehand. I also had a good enough backhand slice and decent topspin backhand I used if I had plenty of time. I used mostly continental grip for all these strokes. I am a lefty and must say my serve has improved from the things I have learned in my 2 year venture to greatness. So have my volleys but that is all. Everything else has really suffered without me even noticing my own demise. So here is the insanity in all this: For those of us who will never, never, reach the 5.0 level all these modern strokes can be huge distractions. First I changed my forehand grip and Eastern. Then I changed my backhand grip to get get my wrist more behind the racket. Then I practiced, more than I care to admit, to get my muscle memory to adapt to these new strokes. As I went along this journey, I was engulfed with some of the amazing shots I made from time to time. Mostly against weaker players. It was those shots that kept me going and going and going. What I refused to admit to myself, was that my game had really gone downhill. Oh no, I was just intent on the fact that my breakthrough was just around the corner. Keep in mind this is after 2 plus years of dedication. Another reason I was thinking this was working for me, is that because of my commitment to practice I was seeing the ball better and maybe moving better too. Otherwise is was all for nothing. So, I give up on looking like a pro on the court. I decide just to do what I can do. To do what feel natural to me. Here are the results. Forehand with conti just as effective but more reliable.I found that all that jazzed up modern stuff had added nothing for me but unforced errors. Topspin backhand with conti. Not as much topspin but still enough to bring the ball down in the court. Sooo much more time that I can now use it on most of my backhand shots. (at least this benefit is from being forced to get quicker from my futile effrots mentioned above) Much more reliable now with conti. Backhand slice is better merely because I never get caught with the wrong grip. So now I do not have the beautiful TV shot but my game is much better.