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1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

Sorry if this has already been discussed but the serach option is lousy because just about every thread has the word backhand in it somewhere. Anyways I've come to a point in time where I need to make a decision if I want a one handed backhand or two handed backhand. I've been using a 2 hander and it used to be good but now its getting worse (maybe from lack of practice) so I was just wondering what you guys think are the pros and cons of each shot. Thanks in advance and sorry if this was already posted. Also if you don't mind, it would be helpful if you could mention some of the better 1 handed and 2 handed players.

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

The best backhands in the world are single-handed: Gaudio, Roger, Youzhny, Gasquet.
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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

i use 2 handed..i think i have more control that why.

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

I use a one hander, but its a matter of preference really. Which ever backhand you feel most comfortable hitting. The two hander is probably easier to control, but you have more options with the one handed backhand (ie., slice, topspin, etc.)

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

the scrappy players all use double handers: 99% of WTA, Agassi, Hewitt, Chang, Nadal.

the purists all use a single hander: Federer, Gaudio, Gasquet, Henin, Fena Gonzalez, Guga etc.

as well as retired players: Sampras, Edberg, Vilas and so on...

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

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the purists all use a single hander: Federer, Gaudio, Gasquet, Henin, Fena Gonzalez, Guga etc. as well as retired players: Wilander, Sampras, Edberg, Vilas and so on...
Wilander had a two-handed backhand. He sometimes played a one handed backhand slice, but the two-handed backhand was even his most famous shot.

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

one hander:
pros: more disguise, farther reach, more shot choices
cons: less power and control compared to two hander (not always though, depends on the player)

two hander:
pros: more power, more control, can get away with not changing grips drastically
cons: lesser reach, less disguise and flexibility
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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

less disguise with a two-handed ... ... ask Hingis, Pierce, Venus, Serena, Andre or Nalby

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

My kid's (he's 12) instructor just switched him from a one handed to a two handed. He started hitting it so much better, and having way more control. I was devastated (not really, just that I love the one handed so much more.) The instructor did tell him he will work on his one handed, especially as an approach shot to get him into net - so all is not completely lost.
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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

i think it depends how good you are. for a more better player it is more easy to develop an good one hander. but when you are not real good the one handed is then the ugliest one most of the times. stick to your double handed one...
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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

I've just switched my double handed backhand to a single handed, so I think I can answer this

I don't regret my decision one bit, you can do so much more with a single handed

To me there are three lesser aspects about it: it's harder on shoulder height balls, it is worse for your elbow and it's not easy to play with in windy conditions

But apart from that a one handed is magic, you can do so much more with

and btw that you would have less power with a single handed is absolute bullshit

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

i use doublehanded because i'm a weak girl
Safins 2handed is really great!!!
The best 1handed ...........(sorry) Henin-Hardenne. Amazing!!!

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

the best one handed backhand i ever saw is volandri's but because he is not real top you will never hear of that. and smashnovas backhand is better than the one of henin but same there...
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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

It seems a case of beginner/amatuer vs profesional.

If you're a pro, then the one hander seems superior, especially in terms of power & flexibility as you can really swing your arm into it (ala Henin Hardenne), the only problem is it needs a 'wind up', much more so than a forehand or a 2 handed back hand.

The 2 hander can be brought to bear quickly as your other hand can support the other and you can pull off shots quicker. Especially superior to the one hander in this sense as you can react to a bad or random bounce quicker and with less damage to your shot.

I'm The Pro only in name, so I use a 2 hander, since I'm not powerful enough for 1, and I find the wind up to difficult to get right.

The 2 hander is a wee bit less flexible shot wise then the 1 hander, but it's cheap, cheerful and easy and gives you time to concentrate on things like what you're opponent's doing, what you're gonna do, and so on.

Also, I find topspin and slice easier to perform with a 2 hander, but I'd say it's even between 1 and 2 hands. It's mostly preference really.

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Re: 1 handed backhand versus 2 handed backhand

Two-handed backhands are easier to learn and the results come faster. I think that's why so many coaches (especially American) teach it. The one-handed backhand is the Masterati of tennis shots. A high performance weapon with a lot of subtle parts that, when all fired up and working together, produce magical shot making in the supreme.
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