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Been watching Karlovic and Isner this week and it really brought home how appalling their backhand techniques are. Sure their forehands aren't world class by any stretch of the imagination but the gap is still crazy. For players having an awful forehand compared to backhand I reckon Paire is the most obvious among current players.

From retired players Greg Rusedski stands out. El Aynaoui too.
 

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From retired players, I'd probably name Fernando Gonzalez. Amazing forehand, pretty good serve -- but his backhand really let him down.
 

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This thread was done before mate. Fernano Gonzalez, Sebastian Grojean, Benoie Paire, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
 

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Tsonga, Gasquet, Paire. Something about being French... Outside them, Isner is up there. Federer would have been a good nominee a year or two ago but his backhand has improved and his forehand worsened.
 

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Servebots have no backhand usually, so discussing the likes of Karlovic and Isner in this thread is just pointless. Apart from them, in the top 100:

Tsonga, Chardy, Delbonis, Kyrgios, Johnson, Estrella Burgos.

All of them with much better forehand than backhand.

IMHO there is no such thing as player with excelent backhand and terrible forehand though. It's a MTF's urban legend.
 

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Lukas Lacko has an excellent backhand and an okay forehand.

I think carpet; what people mean is the GAP between their forehand and backhand being substantial. If you look at Nadal for example, though his backhand is good, the gap between it and his forehand in terms of how much damage it can cause to an opponent is HUUUGGE.
 

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Paire. Paire. Paire.
Paire is definitely my number 1, currently on tour.

The tekkers is a joke on the forehand and sick on the backhand.
 

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Paire. Paire. Paire.
Backhand is surely better than forehand, but not that abyss of difference. His forehand has pretty good power too, but not that accurate, probably in good part because of his unorthodox style of play.

Around 18 seconds.

Around 32 seconds.
 

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Backhand is surely better than forehand, but not that abyss of difference. His forehand has pretty good power too, but not that accurate, probably in good part because of his unorthodox style of play.

Around 18 seconds.

Around 32 seconds.
No Emotion is right it's Paire his FH is barely top 500
 

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Carpet, look at his forehand's technique, it's not even a good technique. It's stiff and almost John McEnroe like, he doesn't really flex at the elbow.

In these videos he was hitting the forehand better than normally, but really there's far too much that can go wrong with that technique in tight match situations. It's no wonder he chokes so frequently.

...and he's losing more and more because players are just peppering his forehand now, having heard in the locker rooms what he's all about and dependent on.
 

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Paire has weird FH motion, and in FH to FH exchanges it's a comedy shot, but he can produce some absolutely sick pass shots from that wing.
 

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Carpet, look at his forehand's technique, it's not even a good technique. It's stiff and almost John McEnroe like, he doesn't really flex at the elbow.

In these videos he was hitting the forehand better than normally, but really there's far too much that can go wrong with that technique in tight match situations. It's no wonder he chokes so frequently.

...and he's losing more and more because players are just peppering his forehand now, having heard in the locker rooms what he's all about and dependent on.
Well, agree the technique is quite bizarre.

But technique being strange/poor/unorthodox doesn't mean necessarily the stroke will be bad. Dolgopolov has a bizarre forehand, even Nadal has a strange technique on the forehand. You can't teach Nadal forehand to a kid and say that is the proper way to hit a forehand, can you?

But I agree Ben's backhand is better than forehand. I just can't see his forehand being top 500 as some posters here say.

Paire has weird FH motion, and in FH to FH exchanges it's a comedy shot, but he can produce some absolutely sick pass shots from that wing.
:yeah:

Yes, like I said, maybe it's because of this unorthodox style of opting for the backhand as primary shot. :smoke:
 

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Cipolla...not that his forehand is anything special, but he is probably the only pro tennis player who doesn't know how to his a topspin/flat bh, has to slice like every time
 

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Well, agree the technique is quite bizarre.

But technique being strange/poor/unorthodox doesn't mean necessarily the stroke will be bad. Dolgopolov has a bizarre forehand, even Nadal has a strange technique on the forehand. You can't teach Nadal forehand to a kid and say that is the proper way to hit a forehand, can you?

But I agree Ben's backhand is better than forehand. I just can't see his forehand being top 500 as some posters here say.



:yeah:

Yes, like I said, maybe it's because of this unorthodox style of opting for the backhand as primary shot. :smoke:
I know I know.

But his technique is weird and the production / result of the shot with it is shit in addition. So therefore the technique is bad. lol

I just think he couldn't learn the text-book way and his weird way just doesn't work for him.
 
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