Originally Posted by Fed=ATPTourkilla
I always hear about how Nadal, at about age 8, made a decision to play with his left hand and not with his right. I think he made the wrong decision. He should have decided to play with both.
The F/H is a better shot than the B/H. More topspin and more power. Imagine if Nadal or Fed had two forehands! Maybe - and I'm not sure about this - one forehand would be weaker than the other. But I don't think the disparity would be as great as the disparity between both Roger and Rafa's F/H and B/H.
If all kids were taught from scratch to play with two forehands - and taught the ability to serve with either arm - the standard of tennis would be much higher. They'd find it easier, as well - kids always have useless backhands. But everyone just sticks with the orthodoxy, stupid though it is.
I'm going to train my little brother two play this way. Two forehands and able to serve with either arm. The other kids will laugh at him at first but they won't laugh when he starts stuffing them.
Nadal wasn't playing with two forehands, he was playing with two backhands. It was kind of similar to Santoro's game with two-handed off both wings.
Nobody can ever play with two forehands.