Do you have to be ambidextrous to feel at home with the 2HBH?

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    I have heard people say that they feel odd with the 2HBH because they are not ambidextrous. Do you really have to be able to play Mozart in order to use the 2HBH? Most women play with the 2HBH so are women more ambidextrous than men? I am not particularly ambidextrous but I am still very at home with the 2HBH.
     
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    My most consistent shot, and one of my weapons, is my 2hbh, and I'm definitely not ambidexterous. I can't even swing a racket with my left hand.
     
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    of course you do not have to be ambidextruous to play a 2hbh, but then there are a lot of daily activities that we perform with the "non-dominant" hand too, like eating with knife and fork simultaneously. do you have to be ambidextruous to be able to eat properly?:D
     
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  4. Voltron

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    Uhhh, no, I'm ambidextrous and I use a 1HBH. So it certainly doesn't make a difference....
     
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    I'm ambidextrous and my bh is weaker than my fh
     
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    What a gift

    If I was ambidextruous I would use the SW forehand off both sides for ground strokes and serve right handed on the duce side and serve left handed on the ad side to get the returner off the court. Of course I would mix it up. I think you could drive people crazy with that.

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  7. Voltron

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    Ahhh, the problem there is that you have to train both sides up to that level.
     
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    I remember Luke Jenson used to occasionally switch hands when serving.

    I am ambidextrous w/ 2hbh.
    But I think it will take a lot of efforts to do such things in match.
     
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    Ahhhh, but don't you have to train both sides anyway?
     
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    That's very true, so I guess it would be possible. The problem for me is I already have a good backhand, and I have a lot of tournaments coming up, so I don't want to risk learning a new shot. But, if I was just starting out tennis, I might very well have two forehands. :)
     
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    Tim Tennis is right, training for 2 forehands is the same as training FH/BH. But you'd have to practice your serve a bit more.
     
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    That's what I'm saying, but I don't have time (because of tournaments) to get a good lefty forehand and serve. Maybe next year :p
     
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    then why doesn't nadal do that since he's a righty who plays tennis lefty?
     
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  14. Jack Romeo

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    i'm not ambidextrous either. but my 2hbh has improved since i started training myself to hit left-handed forehands. since the left hand is the dominant hand in the 2hbh, this exercise has helped me. i've learned to hit it a little hard while still maintaining decent control.
     
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    i'm inclined to say that it takes too much time and is too awkward to change hands constantly.... and i know this from my own experience, playing at much, much (as many much's as you want) lower level than nadal.

    i'm somewhat ambidextrous. serve lefty, most other shots righty. only exception is tons of time on the smash, but my lefty smash isn't so hot either. not sure why (maybe because changing hands is awkward and hard on your footwork)
     
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    maybe its because nadal never played one handed forehand until he was 12, he used 2 handers off both wings until uncle toni thought he should play left handed as his 2 handed backhand would benefit from a strong right arm (or left, i cant remember)
     
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    well if you are determined you can become ammidextrious

    but you have the wrong idea if you were ammidextrious and do not have a BH your game would be awful and for ammidextrious people you can't switch hands all that easy


    before each time you switch it takes awhile to warm up and get used to your strokes being on oppiste sides

    and people that are ammidextrious that avoid BHs they become awful tennis players

    i am ammidextroius and when i switch hands and try to serve it takes about ten minutes to get used to that side

    the correct way to look at it is to stcik with one hand and hit forhands and BHs but if you cant reach a ball with your back hand no matter how much you reach that is when you usually take hold of the racquet with the other hand and hit it back over and then immediately switch back to your playing hand


    the better i get the less i use my other hand

    and another time you would switch just for one shot is

    if you have a shot high and wide to your BH side and if you would hit it that it would end up as a moon ball then instead you can take the shot with the other hand to hit a flat ball with decent pace low(like normal shots) back into play


    i am a left handed tennis player and the average anount of times i take right handed shots is about 3 if not less duing a match and 99.9% of the time i am strtching for the shot



    but if you wish to become ammidextrious i can give you a brief summuray how

    first the way to stay ammidextrious after you become ammidextrious is to understand you will be switching over
    because you will never forget how to write with your dominent hand but if you learn with your nondominent and don't stcik with it it you can for get how


    ok i am naturally right handed but i had alot of spare time and was determined to switch over

    the process starts with coordinate your hand and wrist and evenually your shoulder

    first try to hold a pen with both hands and try to mirror it with your nondominent hand and use your dominent hand for reference try to draw big loops with your nondominent hand,straight lines,write your name or basically just doodle

    this is just like learning to write for the first time so find something on the internet about teaching preschoolers to write

    when your first try to write write really big it is easier than trying to write small and the more your hand gets coordinated write a bit smaller

    always do some exercises with that hand like ....with your hand only move it in circles and feel thsoe bones pop a bit

    this is natural because you havent used that hand
    the more you exercise it the less your bones will pop

    oh yeah start eating with that hand as well and do everything but sports with that hand like pouring your drink,opening cheese,cooking.....or if you are picking up alot of something your nondominent hand does most of the work while you dominent hand just does the holding


    like picking up trash pick the trash up with you nondominent hand hand and hold the bag with your dominent hand

    after you can write fast enough try to always use your other hand

    and after about 6 months its time to coordinate your shoulder try to roll your shoulder and you will fell it pop more that the other one because you havent used it that much

    then try to play tennis and other sports with that hand and in soccor try to use your other foot try to lift more wiehts with that hand and make it stronger

    another coordination exercise is to take a tennis ball and toss it in the air with side spin and catch it again jsut like you would a football

    you notice to do this with a tennis ball you spin it with your thumb and middle fingers

    and try to throw a football and tennis ball with that hand get your body rotation right

    and just invent little exercises to do

    if there is something you can't do with your nondominate hand learn how to practice ,have patience

    and remember use your dominate hand to teach your nondominate hand

    you arent going to learn right off hand and it takes persistence

    and when you learn tennis it is also like you are starting over


    the reason i switched to my left hand is that i played tennis for about4 years and i was never serious i always goofed of and never paid attension and i aquired to many bad habits to continue so i switched and started over and after about a year i tried to get some groundstrokes in with my right hand and now am a strong 2.5 with either hand i play with

    and when you do switch if you try to switch back to try to be able to play with either hand dont do it for long or that will mess you up badly

    it has been about 15 months now since i hae switched and still i i switch back and forht to much or to quickly it will mess my tennis game up completely so when you switch you make your nondominent hand dominent in tennis and stick with it


    and here is a few advantages of switching:1better 2 handed backhand...2you develop spin more naturally and easier(for me it is a slice serve) and beware of #3 it can hurt you if your not careful....3 if you hurt one hand play with the other but becareful not to forget how with your nondominent hand


    disadvantages are:if you abuse that ability and avoid taking back hands it will destroy your tennis game


    it is ok to eventually be able to play with both hands but never avoid the bh except by taking an inside out forehand

    if you are like me and switched to your left hand stick with it unless your hand is hurt,for every 1 groundstroke with your right hand take atleast 10 with your left

    ok and goodluck and take care
     
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