View Full Version : 1 handers, small racket head size

12-24-2004, 08:22 PM
Why do most players with 1 handed backhands prefer smaller racket head sizes( 95 sq. inches or under)?

12-24-2004, 08:55 PM
Because larger heads are harder to fit under your left armpit when you take the racquet back. :lol: It's also easier to control a smaller head with one hand.

12-25-2004, 08:29 AM
I have wondered the same thing since I have a one-hander and play with an oversized racquet. The only pro I know that also does this is Oliver Rochus. This guy is my hero at 5'5" 130 lbs.

The oversized racquet did take time to learn how to hit correctly with. It seemed hard to get around on my backhand at first until I got used to it but the topspin was totally worth it.

thomas martinez
12-25-2004, 08:40 AM
Rochus plays a Prince Precision Chang 95(Euro which had a 16 x 20 pattern), not an oversize. He strings obscenely low, like 21/20 or 22/21 kilos.

12-25-2004, 12:34 PM
less twisting on off center hits

12-25-2004, 02:06 PM
Try using a Thunderbolt OS w/one-handBH, it ain't pretty. 115" head, 28 1/2 " long. Always thought racquethead size depended on length and speed of your swing.

12-25-2004, 03:42 PM
I couldn't hit topspin bh with my Prince OS to save my life (practice since switching hasn't hurt), but slice wasn't bad actually.

Swan Song
12-25-2004, 03:46 PM
Another player who hits a one-handed backhand with an oversize was Gabriela Sabatini and Pat Cash.

12-25-2004, 04:51 PM
exactly. on somewhat lower level I saw quite a few rock solid 6.0 players jump to the alu. prince pro oversize around 1981 and they hit one handed backhands no problem they crushed it.

12-25-2004, 06:31 PM
Does this mean that if you play a 2 handed bh with a small racquet head, you will have a LOT of control??

12-25-2004, 07:52 PM
I used to play(learn tennis) with a 28" Oversize racquet and had no problems with my 1H backhand.

12-25-2004, 09:30 PM

Do the pictures on the Prince site show a paintjob frame?

All of the pictures I have seen of this guy looks like he is playing with this racquet:

The head looks too large to be a 95 but then again he is a small guy.

12-25-2004, 11:29 PM
Not sure exactly why but my guess is the oversize requires a bit more top or needs to be just hit with slice (backhand).

Like Swan Song said, Gabriela Sabatini used the oversize with a one handed backhand (Cash used a mid-size Prince though). I do also remember, in the early days that Pam Shriver, Shlomo Glickstein, Chris Lewis, Paul Annacone and Peter Doohan used the oversize pretty effectively in conjunction with a single handed backhand.

06-09-2006, 05:10 PM
Rochus plays a Prince Precision Chang 95(Euro which had a 16 x 20 pattern), not an oversize. He strings obscenely low, like 21/20 or 22/21 kilos.

Was this rackert longer then 27"?

06-09-2006, 06:34 PM
didn't luby use a one handed against nadal. He uses a babolot.

06-09-2006, 09:10 PM
less twisting on off center hits

personally, i also find this reason to be true. but, obviously people have different preferences.

06-10-2006, 02:55 AM
You know, I'm not sure why. I hit a wicked forehand with a lot of variety and spin and hence the reason I play with an nCode Tour 90. The weight and tiny sweet spot has actually been a hinderance on my backhand side (one-hander, of course) but in the end, I can whip a smaller head racquet through the air much more efficiently and with more precision than an OS.