Could Nadal compete if he hit f/hs from both sides?

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  1. Magnificent!

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    We all know Nadal is naturally right handed. How well would he beable to compete if he had to use forehands from both sides?
     
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  2. WHSTENNIS

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    Title is just a little messed up...
     
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  3. Headshotterer

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    why would he need to
    his backhand is better than federers forehand
     
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    hed have to switch hands with his racquet and thatd be too slow
     
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    oh my... 10 char
     
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  7. charliefedererer

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    Absolutely.
    I'm sure Babolat would be happy to custom build a new frame with a six inch handle extension that would instantaneoulsly lengthen and shorten as he went back and forth between hands.
    All of his fans would have to have one.
    It would be a great marketing ploy.
     
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    nadal really does have a good backhand and federers forehand has many unforced errors
     
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    Seconded. Headshotterer I seriously hope you don't think that and you are just trying to be a troll.
     
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  10. Headshotterer

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    please explain
    im not trolling
     
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  11. Magnificent!

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    Ok, it would take too long to change from one hand to the other, but if that part wasn't an issue, do you think, because he is naturally right handed, that he could actually develop a competative forehand with his right hand? Interesting to see how it compares with his lefty forehand, and do you think the actual route of the swing would be the same on both sides?
     
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    Nadal could do it on clay but the grip change would be too long on hardcourts.
     
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    and grass also. Considering he is trying to improve at fast surfaces I don't see where this can be useful outside of clay and even then it could create for difficulties. He might fumble in a rush to switch hands and he could just completely drop the racquet.
     
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    federer's forehand is argueably the best of all time. Nadals backhand isnt. what dont you get?????????
     
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    That is funny
     
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    i would like to see him hit some forehands right-handed, that would be fun.....i'm talking practice, but it's a little scary to think he has another forehand lurking that's stronger than his lefty, if not as confusing to the other (right-handed) players
     
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  17. roysid

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    His backhand is different from other players. He doesn't turn like others hence more strech. That he can do is because he uses his right hand's forehand strength in his two handed bankhand.

    So he actually uses his right hand forehand in his backhand.
     
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    hahaha
    dont feed the trolls
     
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  20. origmarm

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    Maybe if he had two racquets?




    JK :)
     
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    +1 :roll:

    Yeah and he should also use a two handed serve to make it as good as Federer's ;)
     
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  22. Magnificent!

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    It is the future, just like the fosbury flop once changed highjumping, and Nadal would be unbeatable if he had learned the right forehand early.

    I agree totally. Eventually, someone will become sucessful using forehands from both sides. Borg and Connors really promoted the advantages of the 2/hbh. Seles done amazingly well with her two handed shots from both sides but the reach problem prevented people adopting it. I reckon the evolution of tennis will not allow for a weaker wing (which is generally speaking, the backhand) get ready, it will happen sooner than we think.
     
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