one handed and two handed backhand

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  1. kuyoungj

    kuyoungj New User

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    Hi. I'm a freshman in a high school in Maryland.

    I'm trying out for the spring season for tennis and I currently have a

    one handed backhand right now. I'm ok, but it still needs some work.

    On the other hand, I have no clue or idea in hitting a two handed

    back hand, but I don't have time for both. So should I go on with my one

    handed backhand or start learning a two handed back hand so I could

    be capable of both? thanks ;).
     
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  2. krprunitennis2

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    A two handed backhand is a choked up non-dominant forehand with your dominant hand stabilizing the racket near the butt of your racket. Power comes from your left hand in a two handed backhand. I think it depends on you if you want a two hander or one hander, but if you're trying out for the next semester, you might stick to your one hand backhand since I heard that some people's backhands got messed up from learning both (but lots of other people in my school know both, and it can make tennis more fun for us ^_^).
     
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  3. thejackal

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    It really depends on how strong ur non-dominent side is. my 1 hander used to be really bad but i never bothered to learn a 2hbh because I shot right-handed in hockey, which is like a lefty 2hbh.
     
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  4. xtremerunnerars

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    If you are up for somewhat of a challenge, stick with the 1 hander.


    If you hit things open and with pusher-style slice with a 1 hander, be realistic and either learn it the right way or switch to a two hander.
     
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  5. heycal

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    I'm confused. Can you rephrase this? I'm not sure if you're a righty or lefty or what you're saying about the non-dominant side and 2 hbh's...
     
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  6. looseswing

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    If it "just needs some work" I advise that you just work on it instead of learning a new backhand.
     
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  7. thejackal

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    im rh, but have been doing somelike the lefthanded 2hbh since i was 6
     
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  8. heycal

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    A left handed 2hbh hit by a righty is basically a righty 2 handed forehand, isn't it?
     
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  9. welcome2petrkordaland

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    don't drastically change what you have already; however, you really should learn to play the way that's "right" for you. and don't buy into the stereotypes behind each shot. . . like that one-handed bh's are tough to execute on high balls . . . and that players wit two-handed bhs have trouble slicing and perhaps hitting a bh volley. it all depends on the player. i think whether you go w/ a one-hander or a 2-handed bh is a matter of FEEL, COMFORT, and TOUCH among many other things.

    One thing to consider is your STRENGTH (or if you're still growing or planning to soon commit to a strict fitness program, the range of strength you'll most likely have in your tennis playing days). many players of average strength opt for the two-hander simply to get more pop or more pop and control.

    your MOBILITY should be factored in as well. having a two-hander makes it a bit harder to reach some balls on the run. if you're not the fastest guy, a 2-hander may make you more vulnerable to a well-placed ball to the bh side. on the flipside, if you're quick, having a 2-hander may be fine as your mobility will make up for that limitation in reach.

    just some very general ideas
     
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