I know a lot of people follow the "bird in the hand" analogy when it comes to how tightly should you hold your racket. But for a while I've been hitting it this way: My grip is pretty loose throughout my forehand and backhand UNTIL the moment of contact. The tightening is only for a split second and it's not too intense (although it probably would hurt a bird). My timing of this is excellent, so I do tighting too early or late, lots of that having to do w/ saying "bounce hit bounce" in my head. I've found much success with this, as I'm able to hit the ball very cleanly and my wrists are always firm on contact. I'm wondering, does anyone here use the same technique? BTW, on m 2-h backhand, i don't tighten both hands, just the left grip.