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alkibiades
07-03-2007, 11:35 AM
Does anyone have any footage of E.T. hitting his famous backhand? I remember it as being just a monster shot with absolutely perfect form. I'd love to see what it looks like compared to the modern one-hand specialists (Gasquet, et al.)

BTW, I know this is a shot in the dark.

NoBadMojo
07-03-2007, 12:00 PM
I can tell you from the memory bank, the ET backhand wouldnt be considered classic backhand form.....it was fine through impact but he didnt break his wrist on the followthru (the racquethead finished parallel to the net)..it was a bit like the Connors FH in that respect which was very unorthodox. A few one handers used to finish like that back in the day, but I dont know of a single one who does now

Kirko
07-03-2007, 03:19 PM
Teltscher used a very extreme eastern backhand grip also.

The Gorilla
07-03-2007, 03:54 PM
I thought he used a continental

alkibiades
07-03-2007, 06:43 PM
I can tell you from the memory bank, the ET backhand wouldnt be considered classic backhand form.....it was fine through impact but he didnt break his wrist on the followthru (the racquethead finished parallel to the net)..it was a bit like the Connors FH in that respect which was very unorthodox. A few one handers used to finish like that back in the day, but I dont know of a single one who does now

I can't quite picture this. I remember him having quite a bit of angle in his wrist -- like Federer and Haas at the start of their backswings -- and then really hitting hard through the ball while maintaing the angle. Is that what you mean?

NoBadMojo
07-03-2007, 07:46 PM
I can't quite picture this. I remember him having quite a bit of angle in his wrist -- like Federer and Haas at the start of their backswings -- and then really hitting hard through the ball while maintaing the angle. Is that what you mean?

sorry..i think that was the best i can try and explain it, but will try again another way....if you saw a video, you would see.....his backswing was conventional...his wrist remained in <about> the same position on his followthru as it did at the contact point with the racquetface perpindicular to the ground and parallel to the net (no wrist break) ..he hit his backhand WAY out in front. I agree with whoever said his grip must have been severe eastern as a continental would have surely caused a wrist break on the followthru. cant remember what his sliced backhand was like and he always seemed to do the prep work well enough to hit over on the backhand..his backhand was distinctive....

spt
07-04-2007, 07:32 AM
I can't remember his backswing being conventional. I think it was unique for the time in that he took the racket back with the head very high and paused up near his left ear. In a time when the loop on the backswing for the forehand side was just starting, he had a loop on his backhand. had to have great timing on the shot. It was also pretty much his big weapon.

The Gorilla
07-09-2007, 05:29 PM
he had a very very very unusual grip, he had his heel on bevel and his index base knuckle on on bevel 1