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In terms of style, do you prefer a single-handed backhand or a two-handed backhand?

abraxas21
01-04-2011, 01:16 AM
I find the one handed BH to be more smooth, stylish and elegant than the two hander. Can't really explain why but it's just the way it seems to me.

what says you?

PD: please try to remember that there's more to tennis than fedal. dont want another fed-nad war here

Allez
01-04-2011, 01:25 AM
I can generate more power hitting a single handed backhand but I can also play the double hander albeit with less pace even if it gives me more control. If I had to choose it would be the single hander as that is my natural shot and I love watching it also :yeah:

Johnny Groove
01-04-2011, 01:27 AM
Well I use a 2 handed so that one.

It is fun to attempt the 1 hander though.

abraxas21
01-04-2011, 01:28 AM
it's also weird for me think this way as most of my faves happen to play with a two handed BH. Even i used to play with a two hander back in the old days in which i played tennis.

Allez
01-04-2011, 01:33 AM
I had to learn and practice hitting the double hander mostly because I believed there is zero reason I couldn't play it. The single hander was already my biggest weapon and I wanted to learn something new. It was awkward at first but gradually it became a decent shot. Much better than Roddick's BH that's for sure...

Henry Chinaski
01-04-2011, 02:01 AM
If we're talking the very best backhands then I prefer a one-hander.

But it usually comes down to specific backhands. Even though I'd rate say, Haas or Calleri as the most aesthetically pleasing, give me Nalbandian over Federer or Robredo any day.

abraxas21
01-04-2011, 02:06 AM
If we're talking the very best backhands then I prefer a one-hander.

But it usually comes down to specific backhands. Even though I'd rate say, Haas or Calleri as the most aesthetically pleasing, give me Nalbandian over Federer or Robredo any day.

well, fed's backhand technique is pretty sound, it's just that the end result not always is. in any case, nalby's backhand works well for like 5 matches per year. on average i guess i'd rather have fed's backhand.

in terms of great single handed backhands, i think the kuerten one was the best. haas also has a pretty good BH but like Nalby it doesn't click for most of the season.

Henry Chinaski
01-04-2011, 02:13 AM
I'm not talking technique or ability here, just which ones I find most pleasing on the eye. Clearly someone like Calleri is one of the most erratic players of all time. I just loved his bh when he was on. Kuerten is a good call.

I hate Federer's. I almost die of shock every time he hits a winner off that side. Nalbandian's is hardly perfect but I think you'd be crazy to take fed's over it.

abraxas21
01-04-2011, 02:17 AM
I'm not talking technique or ability here, just which ones I find most pleasing on the eye. Clearly someone like Calleri is one of the most erratic players of all time. I just loved his bh when he was on. Kuerten is a good call.

I hate Federer's. I almost die of shock every time he hits a winner off that side. Nalbandian's is hardly perfect but I think you'd be crazy to take fed's over it.

well, when nalby is in those rare times in which he actually plays well, i'd take his BH but on average i'd rather stick with fed's backhand.

i dont dislike fed's backhand from an asthetical point of view. in fact, i find it quite good in the style department - but thats just me.

philosophicalarf
01-04-2011, 02:24 AM
One hander is more stylish in itself perhaps, but is the product more stylish? Double hander allows all manner of disguise and sudden acceleration. Think Safin, Murray, Burger Dave, etc.

Pirata.
01-04-2011, 02:30 AM
I like one-handed backhands, but some two-handers are really nice, like Nalbandian or Safin.

abraxas21
01-04-2011, 02:31 AM
One hander is more stylish in itself perhaps, but is the product more stylish? Double hander allows all manner of disguise and sudden acceleration. Think Safin, Murray, Burger Dave, etc.

it depends on the player, i think. the one handed bh has the advantage that it allows more versatility and allows a player to reach more easily and quickly some balls. also usually one handed players can slice the ball on the backhand a lot better. then again, there are also some of the disadvantages you mention.

fast_clay
01-04-2011, 02:34 AM
two hands for beginners as they say

oranges
01-04-2011, 03:45 AM
Single-handers tend to be at least somewhat stylish more often, but plenty of two-handers I prefer over many 1H

Macbrother
01-04-2011, 05:27 AM
I prefer watching a single hander; more elegant, natural, more variety. That said, seeing a sick Nalbandian CC angle is pretty nice, too. I play with a double.

careergrandslam
01-04-2011, 06:52 AM
2 hander definitely.

1 hander is so uncool now.

Ace Zero
01-04-2011, 06:55 AM
The question is about style, so the answer is obvious, 1H every day of the week.

Topspindoctor
01-04-2011, 06:58 AM
2 handers can have style - look at Fat Dave. It's also a misconception to think 1HBH = automatic elegance. Look at Blake's. It's an ugly, clown shot.

Ace Zero
01-04-2011, 07:03 AM
The exception to the rule.

Foxy
01-04-2011, 07:04 AM
2 hander by far. I can play one hander as well and to tell you the truth it is much better and more beautiful than Federer's.

ossie
01-04-2011, 09:34 AM
2-handed is the way to go, much more reliable

dodo
01-04-2011, 10:02 AM
2 hander by far. I can play one hander as well and to tell you the truth it is much better and more beautiful than Federer's.
You probably believe that too.
The real question is, is it better than Everko's?

dodo
01-04-2011, 10:04 AM
1H definitely the better looking one. Gasquet's looks the most stylish to me. Might be just because it stands out so much from his overall lack of style or brains.

Johnny_Bravo
01-04-2011, 10:12 AM
One handed and Gasq's only.

Puschkin
01-04-2011, 11:33 AM
One hander by far in terms of style, though myself: :o
two hands for beginners as they say

scoobs
01-04-2011, 11:46 AM
In terms of style, the one-hander is a more elegant and attractive looking shot, in my opinion, but in these days of heavy topspin I think a two-hander is generally more effective for controlling those high balls.

Orka_n
01-04-2011, 01:02 PM
In terms of style, the one-hander is a more elegant and attractive looking shot, in my opinion, but in these days of heavy topspin I think a two-hander is generally more effective for controlling those high balls.Spot on.

If we're talking beauty, double handed BHs are usually not pretty. Nalbandian is one of very few exceptions.

finishingmove
01-04-2011, 01:05 PM
Depends on the player who performs it.

Nalbandian has a beautiful two-handed backhand for example.

straitup
01-04-2011, 03:52 PM
Too vague a question...generally, single-handed BH seem more stylish. But if you say that, then you are saying you enjoy watching other players with single-handed BHs like Gonzalez, Karlovic, Brands, etc. The best one-handed BHs look more stylish than almost every 2-handed BH, but I would certainly rather watch Nalbandian or Murray hit a BH than some other guys

Ace Zero
01-04-2011, 03:58 PM
Lot of people not reading the question, it's got nothing to do with effectiveness or what age you start playing yada yada ... style.

Certinfy
01-04-2011, 04:00 PM
My sig says it all. Well it does apart from 1 name :o

Dougie
01-04-2011, 04:08 PM
One hander is infinitely more stylish, but as said earlier, itīs quite vulnerable against heavy topspin balls that have to be hit from shoulder height, itīs extremely difficult to return those balls with sufficient depth and heaviness.

But itīs pretty versatile, and one handed bh makes it easier to disguise the direction and spin of the shot.