How common is the one-handed backhand among junior players?

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  1. oneguy21

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    title says all.
     
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  2. gully

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    Not. (10 chars.)
     
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  3. Alexio92

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    Depends on where you come from.
     
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  4. gully

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    In two years of watching sectional and national girls 12-16 play, I could count the number I've seen on one hand.

    Guys, a few more. But still, not many. What do some others think? Two percent?
     
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  5. G-12

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    I haven't seen many juniors playing with one-handed backhands.Two-hander s are way more common.
     
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    I play number one for my high school and in our conference, a strong one, i think two out of the five number 1's had them. And those two were actually the best in the conference. However, i do not see that many, in high school or tournament play.
     
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    To answer the OP, Not very. The way I see it, kids are more prone to 2 handers because it's easier and less of a weakness when they're young.
     
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  8. mrmo1115

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    Simply put, not very common.
     
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  9. scraps234

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    ive seen it alot in the 16s and 18s.... only once in the 12s and sometimes in 14s
     
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  10. BestLefty UK

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    Just like I said, when you're young, you're weaker (wrists) so you revert to using two hands to support yourself. Once you get into the 16's 18's your physically stronger and therefore more able to handle it.
     
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  11. 10isDad

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    Not everybody has pictures up so can't say for sure, but it appears there are only 2 players in the tennisrecruiting.net Top 50 that have a one-hander: Lipman and Lippert.

    Saw about 5 or 6 guys in the boys 18s at Winter Nats, about the same in the boys 16. Didn't see everybody play. Just a guess, but I'd say around 5%
     
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  12. baseline08thrasher

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    Yeah, one hand backhanders really have a hard time.

    unless they have a strong wrist.
     
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  13. william7gr

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    I have only seen one good junior with a good 1 hander.
     
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  14. LeeD

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    Wait a minute here....
    What junior you talking about?
    Are we talking about Girls 10's? Mostly two handers.
    Are we talking about Boys 18, top level Nationally, then about 3/4 two handers.
    And if you're considering a composite of all US Junior players, easily 90% two handed backhands.
     
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  15. joshburger

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    not common at all
     
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  16. robertg06

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    I would say, that for every 20 players I play, I come up against a one-hander.
     
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    But also, do you see many women on the WTA tour using a 1HBH?
     
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  18. robertg06

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    I think that the WTA is becoming very very stereotyped...I'm the only player at my club who has a consistent one-hander and who can get topspin on it.
     
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  19. GeorgeLucas

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    There are plenty of players I know who use a one-hander, but that's just me. I find that people who have one handers, generally, are either really bad or really good.
     
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  20. T1000

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    I know a lot who use one handers
     
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  21. counter_puncher

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    Yeah, it gets much more common towards the 16's and 18's.
     
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  22. Ronny

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    i see a lot in my area
     
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    12 year old....
     
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  25. Tennis_Bum

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    It's rare to see that nowadays. Too bad. But as long as the kids enjoy playing tennis, either 1 or 2 hbh, then I guess it doesn't really matter how they hit their backhands.
     
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    hitting a one handed return is probably the hardest shot in tennis..

    best one hander in country
    ronald "austin" powell out of muscle shoals, alabama
     
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    train your rediclious. its very easy first of all. second, best one hander is Ryan Dunn a transfer from Gustavus to Lawrence Univertiy in Wisconsin.
     
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    first of all, learn how to spell ridiculous and second of all where the hell is lawrence university? why can't he go to a legitimate school
     
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  29. Jonny S&V

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    I'm only a top 150 junior in MO Valley, I've only played 6 USTA tourneys ever, and I can say I'm legitimately one of two players with a one-handed backhand... The other was a lefty and his game was completely self-taught (really nice guy, and he had technically correct strokes too).
     
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    In the southern section B16s top 100 only 6 players use a one handed backhand..2 of whom are in top 10 and 2 in top 50..other is in the 70s
     
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  31. Wondertoy

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    When you think of the best backhands in the game, you only think about one-handed players: Edberg, Guga, Gasquet, Gaudio, Rosewall...Henin. The only 2-hander I think about is Safin.
     
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  32. TennisTaxi

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    A group of coaches convinced my son to switch to a one-handed back hand when he was about 13...I never quite figured out why but I trusted them. He really struggled with it for more than a year...everyone who played him knew it was his weakness and went for it. I tried to get him to go back to a two handed during that period but he said he really wanted to develop it...well, 3 years later it is actually working for him but it was a long road.

    I guess if you start with it, it is better than switching; however, if he was to do it over again, I never would have had him switch...to much of a learning curve deficit than a benefit to his game.
     
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  33. mozzer

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    Last year i played 9 or 10 tournaments and saw 2 players with a 1handed backhand. Funnily, they were both in the same tournament.
     
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  34. Tofi

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    i use a 1 hbh.
     
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  35. Djokovicfan4life

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    Very nice! The one hander may not be very common, but I say it just makes the ones that do all the more sweet! :)

    What's her name?
     
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  36. mozzer

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    Oh, i forgot to add that both of the 1hbh players got to the final. I lost to one of them in the first round after bageling him first set!
     
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  37. 10isDad

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    7 of the top 100 in the Boys 18s in the Southwest, 5 of whom are top 25, one top 10.

    In the Boys 16s, only 4, three of whom are in the 7 listed above. All 4 are top 25.
     
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    train if you knew nything bout college tenis you would know gustavus adolphus has one of the most acknowledged d3 programs in the country. he played 2 singles there and trnsfered to lawrence becuase the schooling was better. his stuffs prettier than fedexs. mine isnnt bad either ;)
     
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    sorry bud i only know about legit schools cause i live in the south not too many lawrence univesities or gustavases, all i know of is rollins and mary washington...and d3, um I used to hit with a player who plays #3 (give or take 1 spot) at Mary Washington which was top 10 a year ago, idk what they are now..but i beat him right before he left for college and he played top 6 and up to #2 his freshman year...i might add i was in 8th grade when i beat him...so in conclusion you don't know anything about tennis or backhands...oh and im sure lawrence university in wisconsin has great academics, i've deffinetely heard of it.
     
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  40. TennisProdigy

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    Hmm i only see them about 1/6 or so but of the 20 ohbh players ive played only 3 have beaten me... Very easy for me to attack rightys with ohbh since im left handed.
     
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    thts very nice, im happy your atennis prodigy. see you on the tour!!!
     
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    lad called jathan malik was number 6 in the country (uk) before 2nd of january when he moved up a age group he is amazing and uses a one handed backhand
     
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  43. SmAsH999

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    on top of the net, ready to put away an easy volle
    in the U.S., it is rare to say the least.
     
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  44. tacticaltennis

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    I have never seen it at a local junior tennis tournament ( USTA ),
     
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  45. Seblad2k8

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    in the uk i see quite a few:)

    then again their is still a lot more two handers
     
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