I`m a big tennis fan but I don`t play tennis myself. I`ve watched the discussions about single or double handed backhands here and I`ve an question. Is one of the two backhand more difficult to execute? Because so few players use a single handed nowadays I get the feeling that the conclusion also is, on this forum, that the shot is more difficult to learn. But in the past mot players used a single handed backhand. This would mean that the players nowadays would be less talented over a whole scale than they were in past times. Could someone give me a, non biased, answer to this. Thanks in advance.
The current prevalence of the two-hander is not an indication of lack of talent, but an indication of popular ideology in the modern game.
The biggest overall advantage of putting an extra hand on the backhand is the added stability it provides the player. This advantage is critical in today's game, where extended rallies are the norm and grinding is at an all-time high. To add to that, consider that the average weight of spin of the shot has gone up as a result of modern stroke techniques and the latest racquet technology. Players aren't hitting flat with continental grips anymore, the ball plays heavier, and chipping the ball is much more punishable than it used to be, so the appeal of "stability" is compounded.
Furthermore, the "support" benefit is especially important for youth, who are commonly unable to execute an OHBH with much success due to weakness in the arm, so they're taught two-handers early and have little incentive to switch from them thereafter.