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Player to Player: Quick Grip Adjustments

May 16, 2013 11:52 AM
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Last question from Lauren: In regards to the service return, I struggle with quick grip adjustments. I start with a semi-western forehand grip, can easily adjust to a backhand slice return, but struggle adjusting to a flat or topspin backhand grip. (I use a one-handed backhand.) Any match tips or practice tips to help me overcome this?

From Lawrence D.: 1. If you are facing a hard server, perhaps you can take a few steps back behind the baseline to receive serve. This will allow you some time to fix your grip preparation; 2. Try a Continental grip; 3. Practice more on service returns; 4. Do a baseline drill (you are at the baseline and a partner is at the net volleying).
From Tom. G.: Use a Continental grip when you are in the ready position. You can get to any grip quickly if you start at the most neutral (Continental) grip.
From William S.: It depends on the serve. Righty slice, go Western. Flat and fast, go Continental. Lefty, go Eastern. Against a really good server, no choice, go Continental.
From George A: I have the same issue. I was giving up too many service return points. I went to a Continental grip and chipped the forehand and backhand back in play, and I usually chip and volley. It's been very successful and much more consistent. When I'm in a rally I have no issues changing from semi-Western forehand to Eastern for my backhand.
From John A.: What I do is decide on the grip after my opponent hits the ball. I hold my racquet solely with my left hand and then adjust to whichever grip I want [with my right hand].


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