Unless you are from the Old School and play all shots with the Continental grip, you use the Continental for your backhand and some “more clockwise” grip for your forehand. But which grip do you use when waiting to return serve?
There are several schools of thought on this one…
1) Wait for return of serve with your stronger return of serve,
2) Use the grip where you think the server will be serving you,
3) Or, use what you feel is the most efficient.
If the server is really booming in hard serves – especially on a faster surface – which gives you minimal time to react, you probably have to guess the side and stand ready with that grip.
But since I play mostly on slower HarTru (and against seniors who don’t regularly overpower me), I choose to wait to return serve with my Continental/backhand grip.
Even though I will try to hit my forehand return of serve given the chance, I hold the racquet in my left hand at the throat and my right hand loosely in the backhand grip. This allows me to return backhand, if that is where a faster serve goes; or to quickly use the left hand to rotate the racquet to the semi-western forehand grip … so I can take a rip!
What do you do?