2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by William Cha » Tue, 26 May 1998 04:00:00


Is it right to use a 1 handed backhand? I try to use a 2 handed backhand but
it just doesn't seem natural.  On the other hand a 1 handed backhand feels
better.  Which one is right? Is it just up to the player? because I see most
pros use a 2 handed backhand.....

 
 
 

2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by Grant Lun » Wed, 27 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Is it right to use a 1 handed backhand? I try to use a 2 handed backhand but
> it just doesn't seem natural.  On the other hand a 1 handed backhand feels
> better.  Which one is right? Is it just up to the player? because I see most
> pros use a 2 handed backhand.....

Most pros use a 2 handed backhand????? Probably because it's the clay
court season one is seeing a lot of 2-handed backhand players. I for one
use 2 hands as I have better control (haven't quite figures out the 1
hander in match play situations).

It's the players discretion to use one or two hands - whichever you are
more comfortable with.

Grant

 
 
 

2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by r.. » Wed, 27 May 1998 04:00:00

I have tried on numerous occasions to use the 2 handed backhand only to go
back to the one hand.  Even private lessons haven't helped.  I would love to
use the 2 handed but the stroke seems so rigid and without power.  I was
taught to use a closed stance but notice a lot of pros hitting their 2 handeds
using a fairly open stance.  Perhaps the closed stance is my problem with
rigidity and lack of power.


Quote:


> > Is it right to use a 1 handed backhand? I try to use a 2 handed backhand
but
> > it just doesn't seem natural.  On the other hand a 1 handed backhand feels
> > better.  Which one is right? Is it just up to the player? because I see
most
> > pros use a 2 handed backhand.....

> Most pros use a 2 handed backhand????? Probably because it's the clay
> court season one is seeing a lot of 2-handed backhand players. I for one
> use 2 hands as I have better control (haven't quite figures out the 1
> hander in match play situations).

> It's the players discretion to use one or two hands - whichever you are
> more comfortable with.

> Grant

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2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by James Kersha » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have tried on numerous occasions to use the 2 handed backhand only to go
> back to the one hand.  Even private lessons haven't helped.  I would love to
> use the 2 handed but the stroke seems so rigid and without power.  I was
> taught to use a closed stance but notice a lot of pros hitting their 2 handeds
> using a fairly open stance.  Perhaps the closed stance is my problem with
> rigidity and lack of power.

Try thinking of it as a left handed forehand, with a bit of support from
your right hand.  The real trick is that be keeping two hands on the
racquet,
you need to pull it in a tighter arc which feels constrained after the
single handed.  A lot more emphasis on body rotation is thus required.

James.

 
 
 

2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by Gerar » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I was taught to use a closed stance but notice a lot of pros hitting their 2 handeds
> using a fairly open stance.

I used to have a two handed backhand, until Lendl came along and showed me
the light.  Anyway, 2 handers with an open stance use a very good shoulder
and trunk turn to get their power.  Some pros today even use a one hander
with an open stance (usu. on returns).  

Suffice to say, since days of yore pro players have always driven teaching
pros up the wall, when students imitate: don't bend their knees, don't use
closed stances, plant feet correctly, volleys and serves with weird grips,
etc.

--
"Don't trust me, test me"

 
 
 

2 handed or 1 handed backhand?

Post by Podibanda Kurupp » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
Gerard writes:
> Suffice to say, since days of yore pro players have always driven teaching
> pros up the wall, when students imitate: don't bend their knees, don't use

I can think of another little development that you will see on tennis
courts around the world: players with a 2-handed backhand lifting a leg
off the ground! If it works for Rios and Safin, it will work for others
as well no matter what the teaching pros say.