>Interesting that a couple people have suggested that a one-handed
>backhand is more powerful than a two-handed backhand. I don't think
>that the length of the stroke has anything to do with power. The ball
>is on the strings for such a short time that power is all a matter of
>force at the point of impact, not follow-through.
but you are wrong. The longer you can keep the ball on the strings the more
power you deliver. A long follow through is critical to impart the most power
on the ball. (As well as hitting it flat and in the middle of the racquet).
I am not necessarily suggesting that this is the best way to hit the ball (you
are likely to hit everything into the back fence on the full!!), but it is
the most powerful.
>suffering with a miserable one-handed backhand. It was odd and took
>some getting used to, but I've achieved much greater consistency
>with two hands than I ever did with one. I'm tall, but don't have
>great forearm or wrist strength and had trouble controlling a one
>handed backhand. I also didn't have a very good understanding of the
Good shoulder turn and racquet path are.
>One advantage with two hands is that timing isn't as critical. Balls
>that I must short-hop are easier to keep in play. I also find that I
>have much better disguise with a two-handed backhand. I can line up
>for a down-the-line pass and with a last minute flick of the wrists
>take the ball cross-court. I also have no problem using a one-handed
topspin backhand confidently.
>Recently I've begun to experiment with an occasional one-handed topspin
>backhand. Using the two-hander has helped me get a feel for the proper
>one-handed stroke and I find that I can hit a much more consitent
>one-handed backhand than I ever could when I used it regularly. But I
>haven't found a compelling reason to abandon the two-handed shot. I
>find that I have greater power and accuracy with two hands. And as
>Stanford noted, it's nice to be able to rip both low and high balls
>with a two-handed shot, especially on an agressive approach.
continue to use it. A one handed shot is more versatile, powerful and offers
greater reach. An interesting point is that most of the good volleyers use
single handed backhands.