Any secrets / tips to this? @J011yroger gave me a tip about "creating mini circles" with the racquet hand (kind of like grooving a motion) so you always hit while the racquet is on the way up... works really well for hitting on the rise. More so on my backhand, perhaps because its an eastern grip. I'm currently trying to groove this motion into my strokes so its unconscious. The backhand is going well but the forehand still needs some work. J011y also said something about trying to hit on the rise or the peak of the ball which ive been experimenting with. Wow you can hit a lot of winners with this tactic!! My backhand down the line specifically seems to excel at this. Are eastern grips the best for hitting on the rise? My forehand is semiwestern but struggles to hit on the rise comparatively... but i tried hitting with an eastern forehand grip today and that seemed to help somewhat. Obviously it works for Federer! When hitting on the rise, to minimise errors, is it best to hit the ball back where it came from? Sometimes when i try to change direction when hitting on the rise, i completely shank the shot. The forehand seems easier to change direction with perhaps.