One-Handed Backhand vs. Two

One-Handed Backhand vs. Two

Post by Avik Mukherj » Sun, 19 Dec 1993 07:12:15


For the pros, in my opinion, it is better for the baseliners of the
tour to have two-handed backhands. Past history indicates that
baseliners with two-handers have had more of an all-court success.
Look at Agassi, Chang, Courier and Kricstein, for example. They
have done well on all surfaces. I don't see why Medvedev won't in
the future, either, and several others in the top 50.

Now look at the baseliners with one-handed backhands: Muster, Mancini,
Perez-Roldan, Jordi Arrese, etc. They are definitely thought of
as being more strictly clay courters (though Muster was just a point away
going to the US Open semifinals this year.) Lendl, of course,
is the big exception.

So, for the most part with some exceptions, baseliners with two-handed
backhands tend to do well on more than one surface.

-Vic

 
 
 

One-Handed Backhand vs. Two

Post by Ken Steve » Mon, 20 Dec 1993 16:36:58


Quote:

> For the pros, in my opinion, it is better for the baseliners of the
> tour to have two-handed backhands. Past history indicates that
> baseliners with two-handers have had more of an all-court success.
> Look at Agassi, Chang, Courier and Kricstein, for example. They
> have done well on all surfaces. I don't see why Medvedev won't in
> the future, either, and several others in the top 50.

> Now look at the baseliners with one-handed backhands: Muster, Mancini,
> Perez-Roldan, Jordi Arrese, etc. They are definitely thought of
> as being more strictly clay courters (though Muster was just a point away
> going to the US Open semifinals this year.) Lendl, of course,
> is the big exception.

> So, for the most part with some exceptions, baseliners with two-handed
> backhands tend to do well on more than one surface.

> -Vic


You might want to follow up your analysis a bit further.  Most of
the big 2 handed backhand users hit extreme topspin off of that
side.  Topspin is much more easy to hit with two hands and it is a
more agressive shot.  Most single handed backhand users hit mainly
slice, a less agressive shot.  Interestingly, more and more pros
who use 2 hands will go to a single handed backhand when hitting
slice, example, Courier.  One of the few exceptions to the rule of
2 hands and topspin, is Connors, he hits mainly a flat ball or
slice of his backhand, which is not easy to do with two hands.

Ken