Backhand volley one or two hands?

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  1. catfish

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    I use a 2 handed BH volley, and most would consider volleys the best part of my game. I actually use my left hand/arm quite a bit in my 2 handed BH volley. It's almost become a left handed FH volley. I can use one hand when I really have to stretch for a volley. I'm basically a self-taught player. I do clinics, but not many private lessons. The pros who do my clinics have advised that my 2 handed BH volley is fine and there is no need to change it. I'm a female 4.5 player. My wrists, shoulders and arms are pretty strong as well.

    Personally, I think players should use what works for them. I know quite a few players with 2 handed BH volleys.
     
  2. chatt_town

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    That's why I think the article was aimed at women. Although some men use it(I only know of one), I can see where your coach would tell you that and I actually think it's okay. I just think it will eventually get a man hammered at the net in a match of doubles with 3 other guys who are more than likely using a one. I just think the guy with two hands is at a disadvantage....in a men's match.

     
  3. chatt_town

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    ....and guess what...I think 100 percent of the people here would agree with that....so what was your point?

     
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    ooooo cindy cindy cindy...I couldn't agree more. The thing is a lot of women do it on instinct and you can just see here how many people will try to justify it. My only thing is it can be gotten away with with women as you have women on both sides doing it but it will get you killed in men's doubles. You don't have time for backswings. 3 men volleying with one hand will put the other at a disadvantage. As I said earlier...I only know of the one guy and he got killed in a 4.0 match. The ball is traveling too fast to be using 2 hands with 4 men. I ask again...how many men does anyone here really know that vollies with two hands on the backhand side? I mean really...I haven't seen it but maybe once or twice having played all over the southeast. Infact I've seen more guys that hit two forehands than I've seen that volley with two hands on the bh side.

     
  5. chatt_town

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    I think Cindy really hit it on the head when she was talking about wrist vs legs. it almost sounds like you may not be following through with your legs with one hand so it is natural that if you put two hands on and volley(without using your legs) you will get better result but it sounds like it is a bandaide that is covering up the real issue.

     
  6. chatt_town

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    Either that or some other activity you may have going on. :) I'm sorry but you left yourself wide open for that one.lol....I'm sure it was the volleying. :)

     
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    Sounds like a nice combo....:)


     
  8. OrangePower

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    Ouch! Yeah, I set myself up for that one :) Of course by 'other activity', you were referring to golf, right?
     
  9. Cindysphinx

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    I don't think it is correct that this is a gender issue ("The ball travels faster in men's so that's why guys shouldn't use two hands").

    Pace isn't a gender issue. It's a question of level. 4.5 women are probably smacking the ball much harder than 3.5 guys, for instance. I mean, the female pros are smacking the ball awfully hard, yet a lot of young female pros hit 2HBH volleys.

    That said, I don't think the real issue with a 2HBH volley is dealing with pace. Both 1HBH and 2HBH can deal with pace just fine, given proper technique.

    I think the real differences come in reach (e.g. dealing with a lob over the BH side), balance, handling low balls from deep in the court without popping them up, and the ability to do various things with the ball. I think the desire to use the 2HBH volley (or lack of proficiency with 1HBHV) is one of many reasons the female pros do not often take the net.
     
  10. Spokewench

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    I, most of the time, use a 2HBH volley. If I need to I let go to take a high ball or a low ball, but I do not always take off my hand on a low ball. My 2HBH Volley does not seem to be a problem at all in my play. I play with mostly 4.0 ladies, sometimes 4.0 men and I am a very good Back Hand volleyer. It is better than my forehand one handed volley. Of course, I do and will take my hand off if I need to reach, but if you are moving your feet well, and have good volley technique, your hands are close enough to your body for a 2 hander. If you need to reach, it is a reaction shot and probably should not be as crisp of a shot. 2 handed or 1 handed, you need to follow the volley through to get a crisp shot and I don't see the reason a 2 handed shot will not work! There's a lot of argument here about how horrible a 2 hander is, but I see really no evidence that this is so.
     
  11. LeeD

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    I second that emotion....
    Given I was playing A/Open and 2 Q's, using a 2hbh volley, my strength and more consistent side, now playing barely 3.5 singles with a 1hbh volley, I'd say the difference is whatever side you choose to use and to practice.
    My old 2hbh volleys were always better than my lefty forehand volleys, and now, my 1hbh volleys are weaker but as consistent as my lefty forehand volleys.
    But just like 2hbh groundies, with age and injury, you tend to give up on power for the ease of slice and more reach.
     
  12. chatt_town

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    ahhhhh yea...<...as he leans and whispers>....we wouldn't want the ladies to know what we're really referring to right.lol I'm just giving you a hard time man. I meant nothing by it. Just having a little fun.

     
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