Last days, i have been working on my takeback and i realized i'm never ever in the pat the dog position. Today i tried to force myself to do it and i could clearly feel the dragging laggy movement of the racquet. When i don't do it, i hardly feel it. My normal backswing is just the reverse of pat the dog takeback. I mean, when you are doing pat the dog, the butt of the racquet faces the net but in my swing, the top of the racquet faces the net. The problem is, i feel so uncomfortable doing it. I mean i have to pronate my wrist to get the butt of the racquet looking towards the net but it just removes my all smoothness. Is pat the dog a necessary thing to do for taking your forehand to upper levels, or it is just optional ? Edit: Forgot to say i have an eastern forehand. I felt like it is easier to get in a pat the dog with a more extreme grip. Should i change my grip ?