how hard should one grip the racket when receiving a smash? Using universal grip. Does it change for lifting it or blocking it? Also, could someone clarify when to contact the birdy? What I mean is, people say to contact at the highest point and to contact it in front of you. What I dont get is the fact they contradict each other. The highest point is not in front of you, its right above your shoulder with your racket arm stretched fully.