Originally Posted by Ibeat_rgrfederer
Dear New Tennis Players,
Recently I've heard a lot of misinformed talk saying there are advantages and disadvatages to each when comparing them. To be honest, this is false. Certainly there are disadvatages in comparison to the forehand, which should be the better shot, but there shouldn't be any in comparison to the two hander to one hander or vice versa. The only, AND I EMPHASIZE, THE ONLY, advantages/disadvantages for each lie in the learning of the two, not in the actual backhands themselves.
In learning the 2 hander, it is difficult to acquire topsin, slice, volley, and reach. However you can handle pace and rally well and hit flat.
In learning the 1 hander, it is difficult to hit high bouncing balls and handle pace. However you can hit with topspin, slice, flat and volley and reach well.
BUT! When you have mastered your respected backhand there is absolutely NO difference in what you can do with it, to what a different backhand can do with the ball. 2 handers will run faster and have more compact strokes to compensate for reach. 1 handers with have better timing and strength in the one arm to compensate for the pace and the high bouncing balls.
END OF DISCUSSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Uhh. No. The first backhand I learned was one-handed. Strangely, it came "more naturally" for me. I played with just using that until my senior year of high school, when I started working with the university coach. He got me to start using the two handed backhand, and it totally changed my game around. The advantages to using a two-hander are incredible and many, with only one or two drawbacks. I started using the two handed backhand for 80-90% of my backhands and reverted to the one hander when over extended, getting a very low ball, slices, and when hitting an approach shot. The two handed backhand, once mastered, is extremely
useful for beating hard servers and moonballers and reducing the the wear on your wrists.