borg 2HBH

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  1. austintennis2005

    austintennis2005 Semi-Pro

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    why did borg sometimes finish his 2HBH with only his R hand on the racquet many times?

    ( i know that he had a unique style all his own but he was obviously very effective and there must have been a reason why he did it and yet you never see any other successful players doing it very much???
     
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  2. TennisCJC

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    Borg hit a very R handed dominate stroke. It was like a 1 handed backhand with the L hand just helping out a little. Most players today use a more L hand dominate stroke where the L hand dominates the swing path from contact until the end of the follow-thru. He influenced the Swedish players a lot because Wilander had a similar R hand dominate BH.
     
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  3. JSummers

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    Like TennisCJC said, Borg's is essentially a 1HBH with a little help of the other hand at the beginning of the unloading stage.

    I just so happened to be experimenting this technique (had a recent thread "1 1/2 BH") due to my injury weakened shoulder. I found with the extra push surpassed the power of my original 1BH, and gave me an extra leverage with high BH as well. Also, no apparent reduction in reach & spin because of the early let go.

    I do think this hybrid combines the best of both BH, and wonder why not more people try it.
     
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  4. BevelDevil

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    Borg himself converted to a conventional 2hbh post retirement. So, at least at the upper levels of the game, perhaps the hybrid stroke is the worst of both worlds.

    However, for the casual player, it could be a viable option and might be more intuitive than either stroke. I used to hit with someone with a hybrid backhand. It was consistent, spinny and deep, though it lacked power.
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    I consider Borgs backhand to certainly be a right hand dominate two handed shot as the left hand was on during contact. As long as a rec player isn't trying to straighten their right elbow through the ball, which could cause damage, then Borg Prime's (sounding like Star Trek) backhand is perfectly viable for rec players. But players need to keep in mind that it's flare, personal style and not fundamental.
     
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