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    Default Poll: Do you change grip up and down during play?

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    All this talk about bp and head weight specs of rackets got me thinking... it's quite easy to adjust the grip height 1-3 cm up and down the handle, depending on whether you want to serve backhand, speed/defence (up) or power/attack (down). Of course, this is in addition to changing grip to bias forehand or backhand.

    I've noticed most pros especially doubles players do this. Some coaches teach this, but not all club players do it. Do you do it?

    I do to some degree, most of the time ... when I remember to, but sometimes in the heat of a fast rally, I may forget.

    PS: I know this is not something new, but just wanted to remind myself and some others of this little useful and often overlooked technique.
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    unless the player is an absolute beginner or really uncoordinated , isn't this just a natural adjustment during play, particularly in doubles defense and most drives and short serves? it is whatever comes natural for maximum efficiency or some such...

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    ^ Surprisingly not... I've seen many intermediate players, lower level I suppose, not adjusting

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    Personally I don't. It makes sense to but I just prefer not to. I just like having the most of the racket length out in my shots.

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    Rarely for singles. I do for doubles.

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    Singles - almost don't change grip unless the rally becomes some sort of flat exchanges. There's plenty of time to change my grip.

    Doubles - I try to as far as possible if time allows. Most of the time, if the rallies are too fast, I don't exactly have the time to change my grip.

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    True about singles vs doubles.... I suppose I don't play singles so...

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    @visor , I do change my grip up and down especially during doubles play. And I agree with the posters above where it is a natural thing. Cause I find moving my grip up for backhand gives me better control in serve and defense.

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    So far so good, 7/7 yes, 100%...

    Just a reminder to those who may just be lurking and don't already do it... do it!

    It's like having a racket with adjustable bp in your hands, power when you want it, and speed when you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by takahira View Post
    @visor , I do change my grip up and down especially during doubles play. And I agree with the posters above where it is a natural thing. Cause I find moving my grip up for backhand gives me better control in serve and defense.
    Most definitely, that's physics at work for us... a shorter lever for speed and a longer lever for power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch1k0 View Post
    Personally I don't. It makes sense to but I just prefer not to. I just like having the most of the racket length out in my shots.
    Then you haven't played any fast men's doubles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Then you haven't played any fast men's doubles...
    You hurt me visor!

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    I change grips especially in doubles, and in singles for defense.

    Especially when I practice serves, I have different grips depending on if I am serving from the service line (MD) or midcourt. I think it helps me be more consistent.

    Anyway, when returning serves and in fast play in doubles, a shorter grip definitely helps. A long reach in singles is usually helpful unless on defense. Come to think of it, my grip switching is pretty primitive.

    My racket BPs lack huge variance (nothing like VZFII or insert very head-light racket here) but I seem to make use of the grip changing so I don't need a racket with a radical BP.

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    Always, I thought this was a given

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    -Ajay-

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    ^ Not really, I've noticed many beginner to intermediate players don't. That's why you as a coach are paid to keep an eye out for such seemingly minor details.

    Also a side benefit (or would that be a requirement) of frequent grip changing is a loose grip for better finger power and maneuverability ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch1k0 View Post
    Personally I don't. It makes sense to but I just prefer not to. I just like having the most of the racket length out in my shots.

    So am not alone...
    ( ^.^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyC View Post
    So am not alone...
    ( ^.^)
    Hmmm... then I'm gonna have to hurt you too like Ch1k0, in asking if you've ever played fast and flat MD...

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