Has anyone switched from 1 hand to 2 on the backhand?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Anonymous, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Professional

    Jan 21, 2004
    Has anyone switched from 1 hand to 2 on the backhand?

    I had an average 1 handed backhand, I am currently in the process of switching to 2 by the advice of my friends (top 2 conference players) and my college coach so I can handle the high balls easier and get some more power to hit some winners of it.
  2. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    Yes, I switched from one- to two-handed backhand 2 years ago and it has been great. I think that it is better to learn a one-handed BH first then go to two hands because of a few things. One, it helps hit BH slice, either offensive or defensive. Also, it gets your right hand used to the motion needed to produce power with two hands. And it is great to be able to have confidence when scrambling all around to be able to let go with the left hand and hit a solid defensive return (I still use one hand on serve returns).
  3. lanky

    lanky Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
    I have. I switched due to TE and wrist injuries .After a great deal of effort I have a satisfactory backhand and can continue to play tennis.However it is no better than my original SH. I suspect this is because I am a very one -sided individual and my co-ordination in my non-dominant hand is useless.If you wish to have a more detailed explanation of the problems i encountered switching let me know.
  4. Cypo

    Cypo Rookie

    Feb 11, 2004
    I think having both is great. I mostly use the DHBH defensively because 1) I don't control it well enough and 2) it comes most naturally when I'm late, but even still it's confusing to opponents when you mix it up.
  5. andreh

    andreh Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I did so once in my mid teens (that's about 12 years ago) after taking the advice from a pro. Never got the hang of it, though, and switched back. That pro was an idiot because I had a pretty decent one-hander. But I'm a swede and here onehanders can't be good because Borg didn't have one. It took me a while to get the one-hander back into tune.
  6. predrag

    predrag Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I used to have a very nice and smooth 1 handed backhand.
    It was not as powerful as my forehand, but not to many people have forehand as I do.

    Anyway, a year and few months ago I started having elbow problems.
    I blame tight TiMo string for it. So, in order to keep playing, a year ago I started to adopt 2 handed backhand.

    Right now I am at the point where my 2handed is almost as consistent as my 1handed used to be and almost as powerful.
    My drive and topspin return from the backhand side is actually better and more aggressive now.

    Now good thing about the whole situation is that I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement and that I am improving,
    almost weekly.

    Regards, Predrag
  7. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

    Feb 23, 2004
    cypo, yeah i usually use a two hander but i can hit pretty nice one handers at times if my preperation is good. sometimes i honestly feel like switching to a one hander, or at least using both.
  8. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I was a struggling 1hander, switched to 2hander (which felt really comfortble but I lacked the power), and now switched back to 1hander... 1hander feels great now as I corrected most the bad form I had before.
  9. gmlasam

    gmlasam Hall of Fame

    Jun 3, 2004
  10. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    I dont think he is so much anti twohander as he is trying to make a point to the slicer. I agree with you that his point is lost in his attempt to convince the slicer to give the onehanded drive/topspin shot a chance before learning the twohander.

    One of the things I am not so agreeable on is this reach problem with a twohander. I sometimes have a problem with coaches making it such a big deal that they sort of "scare" people out of trying a twohander.

    In my opinion, it is not a big deal. It is a little deal that can be easily overcome.
  11. prince

    prince Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    started a 2 handed BH - switched to a 1 handed top spin backhand - developed elbow problems coz of poly and aggravated by the single top spin backhand .

    Im now back to 2 handed BH - it messes up my game a bit coz i serve and volley.
  12. andfor

    andfor Hall of Fame

    Mar 16, 2004
    I have experimented using a 2 handed BH for the return. Playing a big server/net rusher the 1 handed BH is often defensive. Like the anti-two-handed guy says. "The slice backhand is least effective against a net-rusher. Instead of learning a two-hander, I recommend developing a flat or topspin drive to give yourself a better chance of making a pass or at least making your opponent contend with a dipping ball".
    IMHO it's difficult to have an aggressive 1 handed drive serve return off both FH and BH. I feel that having 2 hands on the BH allows me to attack both sides when returning even a big serve. Again for me I am trying to develop a 2 handed BH for the return only. When the serve stretches me on the BH side I just let go with my off hand to gain more reach. I have a pretty good slice and topspin 1 hand BH when rallying and will stick with that. I will continue my experiment this summer. What the hell, it's kind of fun being able to hit 1 and 2 handed BH's.

    Good luck and keep an open mind about developing your own game.

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