I have a 4.0 serve, a 4.0 forehand and a 2.5 backhand.

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    I can generate my own power for my serve and forehand but I need all the assistance I can get in the power department for my backhand. So I need a control racquet for my serve and forehand and a power racquet for my backhand. What racquets would fit me the most?
     
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  2. Feña14

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    I think that the Dunlop 300g is a good choice, it made my backhand so much better and it's normally my best shot anyway.

    I have a different problem to you, I have a 4.5+ forehand, a 5.0+ backhand, a 2.0 serve and a 1.5 volley.

    It's all about comprimise, like I can serve and volley so much better with a Prestige but my groundies slightly suffer. I wouldn't give up my POG for nothing as it aids my great groundies.

    POG is good for groundies but not serves and volleys so it's all about finding what you most need.

    -Liam
     
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  3. CliffH

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    was that the pog93mid or the pog107os? just wondering, though it does sound like you are humble about your weaker strokes :)
     
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  4. tetsuo10

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    Sorry dude. No racquet is going to fix your backhand for you. You're going to have to do it yourself.
     
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  5. rooski

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    Spend your money on some lessons from a respected pro in your area.
     
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  6. predrag

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    rooski and tetsuo are right on the money.

    If your backhand is lacking, you need to realize what the problem is: your technique.
    You have to work on it.
    Best way, since obviously you were not able to fix it yourself, is to take some lessons.

    Regards, Predrag
     
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  7. david aames

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    That makes you a 3.0 player then despite your 'great groundies'... A long way from that post where you were claiming to be a 5.5 or so, Liam.

     
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  8. Feña14

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    Who needs a Serve and a Volley in the game today??

    I have the brain, the tactics, the consitency. All I do is put the serve in play and let my groundies do the talking. It's called "playing to your advantages".

    Try telling Hewitt you can't be great with an average serve and volleys. Dementieva got to a GS final with a shocking serve. Of course I was exagerrating I am a bit better than that but not up to my groundies standard.

    -Liam
     
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  9. drakulie

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    I think you are a 3.0 player who needs to work on your backhand to become an all-around 4.0 player.

    Get use to the idea that it is not your racquet, but your skill in the use of that racquet.
     
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  10. david aames

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    Sure you do. Point proven everyday right here on this board (a touch of british irony here, babbling brook).

     
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  11. Feña14

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    Yeah the way I use tactics to outsmart you everyday of the week. The way I consistently make you look ridiculous, how does it feel to get back what you deal out from a 17 year old!!!!

    I think somebodies getting a bit touchy hey Big David????? Yes you are, lol

    -Liam
     
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  12. david aames

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    Where do you live pal? Brigadoon?

    I hope you're still wearing that england football jersey cause you'll need an extra layer to face the world when you get out of your parent's basement.

     
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  13. Skinny Dip

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    After playing 15 years with only a slice for a backhand, I finally started taking lessons. Boy, my form was so far off its no wonder I could never hit a backhand. Just been doing the lessons for 2 weeks, concentrating only on the backhand, but already the results are amazing. By end of summer, I should have a pretty nifty one-hander.

    Definitely go for the lessons, having a big forehand and non-existant backhand is a frustrating way to go through life..
     
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  14. Phil

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    Liam - I knew Lleyton Hewitt, and you, sir, aren't Lleyton Hewitt.

    Sorry, couldn't resist, even if the reference flies over the head of a failed Britisish high schooler.
     
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  15. Feña14

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    Hey Phil,

    I find it amazing how you kept up both of your alias's, Phil where you try to be funny and get plennty of laughs when people laugh at you, and of course some where they feel sorry for you.

    And your second one as "MaSha" didn't turn out well did it? tut tut!! getting blocked from using the boards with that name didn't you Philippe?

    Shame as I thought you were better as a MaSha, the name suited you imo.

    I would love to play you and see you face when you get your @ss kicked by a 17 year old!!!!! :lol:

    -Liam
     
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    You'll kick my @ss with your "2.0 serve" and "1.0 volley", will you Mr. Failed high schooler 17-year old tennis prodigy? The only ass kicking you do is on a Nintendo consul, followed by pounding your pud WHILST surfing for free Internet porn. No, Liam, you aren't the ass-kicking type; that would require that you leave your parents' house every so often, and I don't think you do that.
     
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  17. louisc

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    liam, i find the pog MP is actually good for serves - the smaller headsize racquets tend to be, from my experience. if you're having trouble serving with it, is it pace or consistency? if it is the former, add some weight to the frame, it works wonders. if the latter, you might need to get some coaching, it's amazing how the slightest change to feet, grip etc can radically transform the serve.

    just one thing though liam, whatever your views are on "serve and volley" as a style of play, the serve is even more important today than ever. guys i play with poor serves don't serve and volley because they'll get passed everytime and don;t have the service action to take them forward to the net. if you want to stay at the back of the court, you still need to improve your serve otherwise your game will plateau. but ditch the POG and get yourself a PD+ or something similar. you are not going to get the most out of your POG. frankly, anyone can hit good groundies with a POG. the babolats, like the PD+ and PC+ might also suit you better. the extra 1/2" length might help that serve but maintain control on groundies. just a suggestion.

    as far as improving backhands is concerned simply by changing racquet is not going to solve the underlying problem. however, hitting a loopier topspin backhand will be made easier by an open string pattern/larger headsize if you are struggling with hitting flat.
     
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  18. Feña14

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    Thanks for that but I have good consistency, I never double fault but my power is lacking.

    I get good spin on serves but it just gets a bit too predictable when I can't mix it up with pace.

    I used to use the OS and my serves were REALLY bad, but the 100sqi has given me more power in the past week I have been using it. I still have the same consistency and with a bit of practise on timing I think the pace could get up there.

    But now, volleys, now there's a struggle. With volleys you either have it, or you don't and I obviously don't.

    My serve can and will improve now I actually want to work on it, before I just got the serve in as I knew I would win the point because what ever they gave me, I would get myself the point through Groundies. Now I want to work on my serve I think it might improve with a bit of rhythm.

    Let's see,

    -Liam
     
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    I didn't know Nintendo had consuls to represent them, but they're certainly a welcome addition to the world of diplomacy...
     
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  20. Feña14

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Dander,

    Thats some funny ****!!!!

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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  21. joeyscl

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    I have a 3.5 forhand, backhand with decent control, but no where as much pace as my backhand, and a 2.5~3.0 Serve :S
     
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  22. Steve Huff

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    I don't know if this will help you, but here's how I learned to hit a backhand. My BH at the beginning of HS was really weak. I was pretty athletic though. My coach asked if I'd ever played baseball (yes, I had) and if I had ever tried batting left-handed (which I had tried while just goofing around). He said, imagine trying to hit a line drive over the 2nd baseman's head. Turn the grip over some (top forward), and just hit it. It was easy. I got where I could blast backhand crosscourts all day long, with plenty of top and pace. I learned that by dragging my left elbow a little, I could hit about the same shot down the line. Hope it helps.
     
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  23. OnyxZ28

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    Steve, do you find any similarities between your BH and Courier's?
     
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    to the OP - you sound like a 3.0 with a better serve and forehand and a weak backhand.

    You should take lessons.
     
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  25. Zets147

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    The original post was 2 years ago. Let's ask Mr. Golden Retriever how he is doing now. How's the backhand?
     
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  26. Steve Huff

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    I never turned the racket over as much as Courier, so he hit a lot more topspin. But, I guess at one time, when I actually bent my knees, our arm motion was about the same.
     
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