Ferrer 2H BH--Hands apart?

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  1. callitout

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    Have you seen this in other images of Ferrer? His backhand is wonderful, so he has done a terrific job if it is a "proprietary" grip.
     
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    Very odd and never noticed that before. One would think that would really limit his reach on that side, though he doesn't seem any worse off for it.
     
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    image not viewable.

    just guessing, maybe he uses it when already in position, so reach not an issue. And perhaps it helps give him accuracy in placement.

    Have you noticed him do this regularly, or just once in while. I imagine it would be more of a touch shot than a power one, prolly from inside the court and not baseline.
     
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    I've seen a couple of guys do this (Canas, zabaleta, and I think coria), I think it is just a stability thing.
     
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    He does it on serve return for sure...I have seen him do it live at USO, but in realtime I wasnt sure what was unusual about it...and noticed when i searched images of him that its not a one-off thing. He does it regularly, but not always.
     
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    serve returns are understandable, for stability as a prev poster has said. i assume he's blocking a hard serve.
     
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    The King of the "spaced backhand" is Xavier Malisse. He uses a supposed Prince Diablo, but it's a paint job and is areally some extended length prince racquet with a super long grip. His hands are a at least 6 inches apart.

    I saw it with my own eyes at the RCA in Indianapolis in 2006.
     
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