Originally Posted by Action Jackson
Well said except Arazi was a single hander.
My bad I meant to include Arazi in that list of one handers and put Kucera in the list of two handers. A pretty bad typo there
I was a pretty big fanboy of the three Moroccan legends.
Very good post. It´s almost impossible to say objectively which one is better, one-hander or two-hander, but I prefer the one-hander, pretty much due to the reasons listed here. I have one myself, and it´s such a beautiful shot.
Yes there is nothing wrong with two hander and it has its place on the tour of course. If the vast majority of the tour had one handers I would also be wishing more of a balance between one handers and two handers as well. A one hander executed properly is beautiful to watch, and ripping winners with a one hander is such a great feeling.
The single handed backhand is an extremely tough shot to learn when you're just starting unless you have a strong wrist. It's no wonder a lot of juniors give up on it and most coaches don't even try.
Yes many coaches and juniors don't really have the patience to teach/learn the technique, positioning and footwork patterns required, and risk getting poor results for a while before the aspiring player becomes more comfortable with it.
That is understandable of course because players are under so much pressure to win matches and gain sponsorship money as early as they can to make a decent living in a cut-throat individual sport.
For me personally the one hander just feels more natural. If I tried to play with a two hander I would probably hit 80% of shots into the fence.