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04-23-2008 09:40 AM
Spikeblocker
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

I use a one handed backhand myself. I want you to know that if you believe you can do it you can? I teach tennis but I teach with the Idea that you need all the tools you can master to win today? But it is far better to have a backhand that is 80% accurate, than an uncomfortable shot that is your worst stroke. Find an instructor that can teach you what you like? But remember that if you learn to Do It Right there are no cons and it is equally devastating to your opponents. Power can be hit with both strokes, reaching for the ball is the same for both strokes it is your job to position yourself to hit the ball regardless of stroke type. Reaching with a two handed backhand is just as bad a reaching with a one handed backhand. And it never hurts to learn something new, the least you could do is come out of the experience knowing more about the players who have the new stroke even if you don’t use it personally. It is said that Federer has more than 35 different forehand strokes at 75% to 80% accuracy. Keep learning.
04-16-2008 02:09 AM
FootWork
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by HKz View Post
They have fun in practice (beause they mess around most of the time) but they complain in matches asking me why they lose. And when I watch their matches, they completely dump their backhands, so what am I supposed to say? I use a one-handed backhand so I know how tough it is, but they aren't using backhands; they are trying to play racketball on a tennis court.

Professionals still virtually all follow the same techniques for every stroke. Obviously there are a few outliers such as Santoro, but even if you watch Santoro, the basic mechanics he uses are practically the same!
Tell them to quit F***ing around.
04-14-2008 01:13 PM
LeChuck
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

I use a one handed backhand. I don't have that great an arm span, so the extra reach I can gain through that shot is a welcome boost. I can generate a lot of topspin through it which causes problems for many people I face.
04-14-2008 05:54 AM
HKz
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by TidusZidane View Post
Well, you are their coach so it's up to you, but I think if they are comfortable with their style and having a good time playing you should let them carry on as they are rather than remoulding their games. Many professionals past and present don't have a cast-iron perfect technique for some of their best shots, yet they are effective with it through years and years of practice.

Don't sweat it if they're struggling with their one-handers. Not many kids around still use it so I think we should embrace those that try.
They have fun in practice (beause they mess around most of the time) but they complain in matches asking me why they lose. And when I watch their matches, they completely dump their backhands, so what am I supposed to say? I use a one-handed backhand so I know how tough it is, but they aren't using backhands; they are trying to play racketball on a tennis court.

Professionals still virtually all follow the same techniques for every stroke. Obviously there are a few outliers such as Santoro, but even if you watch Santoro, the basic mechanics he uses are practically the same!
04-07-2008 08:14 PM
FootWork
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

i use a one-handed backhand, i love it. it's way more solid than my forehand, though a little less powerful. right now i'm working on generating more topspin with it because it's really difficult for me, i usually hit really flat backhands when the ball is low, and if it's high i'll slice it back. i think that the two handed backhand feels really awkward. i also think that the one-handed is better because it's more subtle whether you're going to slice or hit with topspin, seeing as you use one hand either way, when most players that use two hands for topspin still use one for slice.
04-07-2008 03:37 PM
M@nu
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

I started playing tennis 10 years ago. The first 4 years I just played a one-handed backhand which was really really bad.. I could not get any power or controll in it.. It was nothin you know..

Then my trainer told me to change some things. So, for 6 years I'm playing a double handed backhand..

Until now, it's my best stroke.
04-07-2008 10:09 AM
gaz
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

i am a tennis coach as a profession and there are advantages with both shots

two handed
pros

generally more power as you have two hands
more stable
more weight behind the shot
a wider range of grips can be used

cons
need better footwork
need good co-ordination becuase you are using two hands

one hander
pros

versatility
more topspin as a general rule
wider range of shot shapes as long as the correct principles are followed
more reach
and a wider range of stances can be used

cons

less power
requires more strength from the player
can be less natural to a player



i hope that helps i always go with what is more natural to a player wether they be a beginner or top 10 in the country
04-07-2008 09:34 AM
Bernard Black
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by HKz View Post
Well the slice backhand is not really that valid to talk about because there are many two hand backhand players that use one handed slices.

Goodia are you new at the game? Because on my high school team, there are a few players that I'm trying to teach, since our good coach left us . They have these one hand backhands which are horrid, as if they are playing racketball or something; they swing their racket down inconsistently doing some partial slice and then they complain about people who hit the ball too high or just get the ball back. So instead of trying to teach them a regular topspin one handed backhand and hoping that they won't have bad habits and revert to their old ways, I'm trying to teach them two handed backhands to start from scratch.

However my efforts are useless as they claim that they are comfortable with their backhands and insist that they can become great players with it. And then when I ask them if they have seen any professional, or even any top junior hit like that, they tell me that this is the way they want to hit.

Ugh sorry for the post actually, my frustration with these youngins is stressing me out. But I know for a fact that one of these freshmen will turn out to be an amazing player.
Well, you are their coach so it's up to you, but I think if they are comfortable with their style and having a good time playing you should let them carry on as they are rather than remoulding their games. Many professionals past and present don't have a cast-iron perfect technique for some of their best shots, yet they are effective with it through years and years of practice.

Don't sweat it if they're struggling with their one-handers. Not many kids around still use it so I think we should embrace those that try.
04-07-2008 03:58 AM
HKz
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by BodyServe View Post
Same here,the slice seems natural to me now.
Well the slice backhand is not really that valid to talk about because there are many two hand backhand players that use one handed slices.

Goodia are you new at the game? Because on my high school team, there are a few players that I'm trying to teach, since our good coach left us . They have these one hand backhands which are horrid, as if they are playing racketball or something; they swing their racket down inconsistently doing some partial slice and then they complain about people who hit the ball too high or just get the ball back. So instead of trying to teach them a regular topspin one handed backhand and hoping that they won't have bad habits and revert to their old ways, I'm trying to teach them two handed backhands to start from scratch.

However my efforts are useless as they claim that they are comfortable with their backhands and insist that they can become great players with it. And then when I ask them if they have seen any professional, or even any top junior hit like that, they tell me that this is the way they want to hit.

Ugh sorry for the post actually, my frustration with these youngins is stressing me out. But I know for a fact that one of these freshmen will turn out to be an amazing player.
03-24-2008 03:17 PM
BodyServe
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by sheeter View Post
I actually switched from a two hander to a one hander. I don't regret it in the slightest!
Same here,the slice seems natural to me now.
03-24-2008 07:59 AM
HKz
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

When you are trying to master the one-handed backhand, you really do need a coach because really bad habits and bad forms will take place if you try to learn it yourself.
03-24-2008 12:41 AM
sorrowman
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

the best is what is making you to be more comfort but you must know that is very difficult to find out a coach that know good 1h bh and more difficult to know how to teach you this...
03-23-2008 09:49 PM
sheeter
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

I actually switched from a two hander to a one hander. I don't regret it in the slightest!
03-22-2008 03:05 PM
Kolya
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

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Originally Posted by Goodia View Post
I was told to start quite low then bring it up like a windscreen wiper for the two handed , what do you recommend i do for the one handed ? Thanks
Well for topspin you have to start low as you said. For me with a one hander, I try and get the racquet head low and use my wrist to generate the topspin.

Bend the wrist down and then flick it up when you are hitting the ball and follow through with your arm.

Its very difficult to explain the motion without a demonstration.
03-22-2008 02:28 PM
Goodia
Re: Two-handed V One-handed Backhand

I was told to start quite low then bring it up like a windscreen wiper for the two handed , what do you recommend i do for the one handed ? Thanks
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