Players with Two-Handers (2HBH): What grip do you wait to return with?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by OrangeOne, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. OrangeOne

    OrangeOne Legend

    May 31, 2006
    I'm in the process of teaching myself a 2HBH (see this thread if interested).

    I'm right-handed, I have a Western FH, and have only ever had a 1HBH, mostly slice. I always returned by holding my FH grip, perhaps unless i'm very-much expecting a serve to my BH.

    Now I have the 2HBH, I'm starting to want to return with it (of course! Returning 1st serves was a big part of the reason I'm trying to teach myself).

    The other day I tried this when waiting to return: I held my normal Western Forehand grip with my right hand, and held my LH on the grip the way I do for my 2H (it's either E or SW, haven't examined which). It meant that my hands were 'crossed' on the grip, but it worked. For Forehands I simply removed the LH and swung normally. For 2HBHs I just let the RH slide around to the conti-ish 2HBH grip on the take-back, and that seemed to work give the LH is the dominant one, and it was already set and locked.

    Is this totally unusual? Not-recommended? Do you do this? Will I grow out of this as my 2HBH gets better? I'm keen to hear any feedback....
  2. Gmedlo

    Gmedlo Professional

    Apr 15, 2007
    P-Town, WA
    It depends on the situation, but most of the time I will hold the racquet with two hands in my eastern forehand grip. Since I have a near-continental 2hbh grip, I don't have to change to much (and although it isn't great on the wrist, I can hit a 2hbh with my right hand in an inverted grip position, such as eastern forhand on my backhand.)(<----basically what you do)

    But this can change quickly. If I'm play a lefty that slices his serve a lot, I will hold it continental because it will almost assuredly go to my bh. But, if I read a kick serve during his motion, I will change to an eastern forehand grip. If that lefty is serving a slice on the deuce side, I will be prepared to switch to my eastern incase he serves out wide or to my body, that way I can run around to my forehand.
  3. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

    Feb 2, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Exactly right.

    Just hold your western FH grip lightly with your rt hand so you can quickly rotate without having to let go.

  4. jmverdugo

    jmverdugo Hall of Fame

    Nov 22, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I do this to but just when i want to hit the ball, if i want to slice it i just go continental with my right hand. I do this mostly on first services, on second services i do as you say.
  5. dave333

    dave333 Hall of Fame

    Aug 24, 2006
    I put my dominant hand on western and my non dominant on eastern backhand. When I get a backhand, I take my racquet back and switch my dominant hand to continental and hit.

    So I do exactly what you do.
  6. OrangeOne

    OrangeOne Legend

    May 31, 2006
    Thanks for all of the replies guys, it's pleasing to know i've intuitively come to what seems to be 'correct'.

    I will say that the one evening I was trying this, I already noticed the benefits...

    2HBHs are indeed the (my) future :)
  7. FitzRoy

    FitzRoy Professional

    Aug 26, 2006
    This sounds very much like what I do, though my forehand grip isn't extreme as yours. From the ready position, I find it very easy to be prepared to hit both the forehand and the two-handed return. I think it works pretty well, in part because it feels easy to turn the racquet to the right backhand position quickly using two hands. And, as you said, for the forehand you just have to let go with the left.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2007
  8. Pr0DiGy

    Pr0DiGy Rookie

    Aug 5, 2006
    Exactly what I do.

    I think Nadal does it too..?
  9. pro_staff

    pro_staff Semi-Pro

    Apr 21, 2005
    There was an article about this on Tennis magazine a while ago. The article described exactly what you're doing right now. This is what the pros do too I believe.
  10. MTXR

    MTXR Professional

    Aug 17, 2005
    I have a 2HBH, for return of serve i wait in a one hand continental grip. I will either hit a continental forehand, or a slice backhand. If i am attacking i will just put my non dominant hand on the racquet and hit a 2HBH. My non dominant hand is always on the throat of the racquet.
  11. soyizgood

    soyizgood G.O.A.T.

    Dec 30, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    For me:
    right-hand - continental
    left-hand - lefty semi-western

    LETHAL topspin and wicked cross-court angled shots. :) It's my best shot which helps me PWN those cocky, snobbish 1HBH'ers.

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