If you switch to 2-hand BH, you must copy Agassi

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  1. DonDiego

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    I'm saying this because I've read in many places that Agassi has a takeback and closed stance similar to a one-handed backhand (and that he uses mostly his right-hand, which can debated but let's not make this thread about that point only). So If I've been playing years with 1-hand BH, it means that I have muscle memory that would take very long to change, so it should be easier to copy a model like Agassi.

    What do you think?
     
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  2. Topspin Shot

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    Why do you want to make the switch?
     
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  3. DonDiego

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    I knew that'd be the first answer...

    Altough I love hitting a clean and powerful 1-hand BH during practices, this shot is just not consistent enough for me during matches, due mainly to bad timing. I'm under the impression (maybe false), that hitting with two hands will give me a split second more to prepare and hit, even if that means sometimes just blocking shots.

    I know I could work on footwork and preparation and this and that, but I'm getting old and looking for a way to get a decent ball back without always having to be perfectly set up (no offense to two-handers)
     
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    So let me understand this right. Instead of getting your one handed backhand to be more consistent which isn't a very difficult task, you'd rather learn a completely different stroke. One where the timing, strike zone, movement and of course technique is very different to the one you currently use.
     
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  5. DonDiego

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    Every second week, yes :)
     
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    You can hit an effective two-handed backhand with closed, semi-open, or open stance. It really doesn't matter.
     
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  7. TennisCJC

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    I am not going to debate if it is better to switch to 2hbh or tweak 1hbh. But, Agassi is an excellent model for anyone that wants to hit or learn a 2hbh. Agassi has a very simple and compact stroke.

    If you are looking for R hand dominate strokes, you might want to look at old video of Borg or Wilander if you can find it. Borg actually let go a lot of the time with his L hand pretty early in the stroke. Matts also occasionally release the L hand too.

    However, to my eye Agassi uses a fairly strong off hand on the follow thru. I have heard him say and read that he advocates a strong R hand and compares it to a 1hbh too. But, in reality, he looks to have a strong L hand on the follow-thru. Might be he leads into contact with the R hand but finishes with both hands.

    I have hit 2hbh for over 30 years now but switched when I was in my early 20s. I think mine has a fairly strong R hand as I played with 1hbh for the first couple of years.
     
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    ^ Don't think that I'd look to players like Borg or Courier as models for the 2-hander. Their strokes may have served them well but they are just a bit too idiosyncratic. Borg's BH is an adaptation of a hockey slap shot while Courier's BH seems to be an adaptation of a baseball swing.

    Agassi & Wilander are both great models for the 2-hander. Others to consider:

    - Safin
    - Nalbandian
    - Davydenko
    - Murray
    - Djokovic

    Honorable mention:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGa6yL7b_8Q
    (He is channeling Safin at the 0:12 mark?)
     
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    Agassi has an eastern/eastern grip while most people would be more comfortable with either an eastern/conti or semi-western/conti. It all depends on your body and what you are comfortable with.

    For women especially, I don't think eastern/eastern would be the right grip.

    Personally, if I had an eastern/eastern grip, I would just stick to a single handed backhand.

    Harry
     
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