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ubermeyer
07-18-2009, 09:31 AM
This guy has a whole bunch of videos of ambidextrous tennis players: http://www.youtube.com/user/wholebrainplanet

Basically, they have 2 different forehands, one left handed and one right handed.

Is this just a fringe technique, or might it actually work if these guys became professionals?

Your thoughts please.

tennisnut16
07-18-2009, 09:44 AM
I know a girl who does this. Way to beat her: hit at her body (she doesn't know what to do).

Also, how do they volley? 2 forehand volleys would be especially hard on reflex volleys.

zapvor
07-18-2009, 10:24 AM
i hit with 2 guys who were ambidextrous. very interesting to hit with. i did not notice any blaring weakness. in fact its kind of distracting to you becaue you end up watching haha

firstblud
07-18-2009, 10:35 AM
now that's god-given talent

volusiano
07-18-2009, 10:42 AM
I see this guy can only hit forehands off of each side. I think it would be even more advantageous if he could also hit backhands off of both sides, especially on balls that you're out of position and need to reach hard to make up for lost time.

Dreamer
07-18-2009, 10:53 AM
I see this guy can only hit forehands off of each side. I think it would be even more advantageous if he could also hit backhands off of both sides, especially on balls that you're out of position and need to reach hard to make up for lost time.

I wonder if it would get too confusing. He should have at least one slice right? weirdness my mind can't wrap my brain around him having two slices, too confusing.

What I really want to see him do is play with two racquets. If I saw that, i'd be intimidated as hell LOL.

mlp
07-18-2009, 12:31 PM
I wonder if it would get too confusing. He should have at least one slice right? weirdness my mind can't wrap my brain around him having two slices, too confusing.

What I really want to see him do is play with two racquets. If I saw that, i'd be intimidated as hell LOL.

Are you even allowed to play with two racquets?

ubermeyer
07-18-2009, 12:34 PM
Are you even allowed to play with two racquets?

no, he was joking

WildVolley
07-18-2009, 01:23 PM
I've been predicting for a couple of years that it is only a matter of time before we see a top 100 ranked player hitting forehands off of each side. It seems to be a natural progression for kids that start hitting two handed off each side and then become stronger.

I expect that the player that hits this way will default to hitting a two handed shot when rushed for time.

ubermeyer
07-18-2009, 03:10 PM
I wonder if it would get too confusing. He should have at least one slice right? weirdness my mind can't wrap my brain around him having two slices, too confusing.

Did you know that you can slice your forehand?

Even Roger Federer does it sometimes.

tennisnj
07-18-2009, 06:09 PM
I played 4 years of D1 college tennis (albeit at the bottom of the singles chain) with 2 forehands. I've been told numerous times in matches & tournaments that people don't know if I'm lefty or righty & which side should they hit to. I started by not being strong enough & hitting 2 hands on both sides b/c my body just wouldn't do it & it seemed that even though I was naturally lefty, I played tennis stronger righty.

VaBeachTennis
07-19-2009, 06:52 PM
This guy has a whole bunch of videos of ambidextrous tennis players: http://www.youtube.com/user/wholebrainplanet

Basically, they have 2 different forehands, one left handed and one right handed.

Is this just a fringe technique, or might it actually work if these guys became professionals?

Your thoughts please.

It's definitely and interesting concept. As one who has played a LOT of handball, where the better players tend to be somewhat ambidextrous or have a strong "weak hand", this concept is somewhat tempting.

VaBeachTennis
07-19-2009, 06:54 PM
I wonder if it would get too confusing. He should have at least one slice right? weirdness my mind can't wrap my brain around him having two slices, too confusing.

There's nothing stopping him from having a slice backhand from at least his more dominant hand..................................