One-Handed or Two-Handed Backhand?

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What kind of backhand do you use?

  1. One-Handed BH

    60.6%
  2. Two-Handed BH

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  1. Dangus

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    http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/05/lets_talk_backh.html

    "Not long ago, Ivan Lendl remarked that if he were developing his game today, he would have adopted the two-handed backhand. This is a strange confession to make, given Lendl's superior record. But he reasoned that in today's game of powerful racquets and booming serves, the extra "solidity" (my word) offered by the two-hander helps any returner make forceful, aggressive returns. If the early portion of the Open era belonged to the servers, the latter certainly belongs to the returners.

    Lendl's comment further underscores the idea that two-handers have shaped the game, because it implies that the two-handed backhand has enabled returners to diminish the traditional advantage on which the entire game and scoring system is based: you are supposed to hold serve, because initiating a point with a powerful statement (the serve), and one which is entirely under your control, is a clear advantage; the way to win at tennis is to hold your own serve and get a break against your opponent's serve somewhere along the way. That's still true, but much less so than before."

    What kind of backhand do you use? I use a two-handed backhand because it just felt more natural to me.
     
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  2. jasoncho92

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    I use one handed because i hated the feel of the two hander
     
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  3. andymac1

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    I chose two hander, but I switch to the one hander if I'm trying to hit a low ball at a person at the net.
     
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  4. Voltron

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    I use a one handed backhand.
     
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  5. dave333

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    I use a hander. I wasn't strong enough at 12 to with a 1hb. At 14 I still do, but w/ a broken wrist, I use a 1hb drive that I have practiced w/
     
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  6. thejackal

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    one-hander. my left-handed 2hbh is pretty decent though. if i had to switch sides overnight it'd be a weapon.
     
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  7. Tour 90

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    recently switched to one handed
     
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  8. tenniskid3119

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    i hit a 2 hander because its more consistent, but when I really focus I can hit a pretty good one-hander. but only when I'm rallying or just messing around, never in a match unless I cant get to it
     
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  9. andymac1

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    Same goes for me.
     
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  10. Ripper

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    Real men hit their backhands with 1 hand... Everytime I see a guy hitting 2 hand backhands, I can't help thinking he's a wimp :p

    PS: Sorry Safin :-o
     
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  11. tennis_hand

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    u gotta admit that in novice to intermediate tournaments, most winners are 2handers. The weaknesses in these levels are mainly on the backhands, and 2handers have the upper side in the consistency department.
     
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  12. z-money

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    i love to hit a one, but everyone in the world tells me my two is better because it is stronger(a weapon) but i dont care i still dabble because i love the stroke it looks so cool
     
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  13. jasoncho92

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    The chicks think you are a little girl if you do a two hander as well ;)
     
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  14. FedUp

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    I totally agree...I think that the one hander is an awesome stroke but, unfortunately, I can't hit it worth sh**t. I'm a two hander.
     
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  15. FedUp

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    So that's what chicks think of Marat Safin.
     
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  16. staedtler

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    I'm a one hander. I use to be a 2 hander. It wasn't the most consistent, most likely due to lazy footwork. So a coach suggested to me to switch to a 1 hander so that I'm forced to be more prepared and quicker with my footwork. With some time and work, I got my 1 hander to be way more consistent than my 2 hander ever was, and my footwork is much much better since the switch. Although my 1 hander does have a little less power than my 2 hander, but I'm developing that. Im quite thankful of that coach, even though he is a 1hbh elitist.
     
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  17. Mad iX

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    Primarily 1hbh. I do have a 2hbh which allows me to hit the ball later so I use it mainly for defensive shots.
     
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  18. Voltron

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    That's the way to say it! I bet you won't believe that I serve and volley a bit too, and I'm a junior. I think I'm perhaps the only junior in my area that actually S/Vs at all.
     
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  19. X-LiMitEd

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    I use 2 handed BH. I've tried 1 handed BH, it's good but I couldn't control it. With my 2 handed BH I feel I have more control.
     
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  20. Noir

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    I use a 2hbh because I'm a lot more consistent with it right now. But I'm gradually trying to get a feel for a 1hbh as well.
     
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  21. arnz

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    2hbh. Experimented with one but just couldnt get the handle on it, maybe because of the long whippy stroke, the timing and preparation just has to be right
     
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  22. Caswell

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    I was taught as a junior with a two-hander, but despite years of drills it never became grooved like my other shots. If I didn't hit every single day my backhand suffered.

    I didn't have that problem with a one-hander, so I made the switch in my mid-teens. It's not a dominant shot for me, but it's grooved well enough that I could still hit it after dropping the sport for nine years.
     
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  23. lawrence

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    2hbh is way more consistent for me but it feels like i cant put the ball away like i can with my 1hbh
     
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  24. Pete Semper

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    Same here...My 2 handed lacked of feelings. My one handed brings me more precison and security for all my shots.
     
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  25. aznobct

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    i'm thinking about switching to a one handed bh soon.....

    I actually feel like i can hit with much more pace and spin with the one hander because its a more free stroke (well...other hand doesn't restrict movement), kinda like a forehand. jw.. does anybody else feel this way too?
     
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  26. Linkkokiri

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    I'm astonished to see so many one-handers!?

    I use a two-handed backhand. I actually love the looks of 1HBH (especially Federer's ^^). But my backhand is pretty good so I'm sticking with it!
     
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  27. Indrid Cold

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    One hander and its my best shot. Every time I mess around and try to hit a 2 hander it either goes strait into the net or way out.
     
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  28. JRstriker12

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    I play with a one hander, because that's what I learned when I started to play tennis. It's definitely my weaker side, but I am fairly consistent with it.

    Recently, I've dabbled with trying to switch to a two hander, but it does not seem to work for me. I am jealous because one of my buddies has a killer 2 hander. He hits mad winners off that side from all over the court.

    On Tennis World, quoted in the first post, Pete Bodo says that the modern 2-hander is basically a left handed forehand with an extra hand in there for support.

    This makes me think that people who have good coordination in their off hand - closer to ambidextrous - probably gravitate to the 2-hander. Whereas people like me, who can't do too much with their "off" hand and are really one-side dominant, probably prefer the one-hander. What do you think?
     
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  29. JRstriker12

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    One more thing - a few days after I tried to switch to the 2-hander, I got a killer pain in my left forearm. That put me off the 2-hander for good.
     
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  30. iplaybetter

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    I could never get the second hand to feel natural
     
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  31. pmata814

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    I had to switch to the one-handed bh because of back problems.
     
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  32. Golden Retriever

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    I have not seen a two-hander who can't hit with at least some consistency. That is to say the worst 2handers are quite a bit better than the worst 1handers. On the other hand, the best 1handers maybe equal or ever so slightly better than the best good 2handers. So on average the 2HBH is better. Of course thats just the backhand drive/topspin which is only a small part of the entire arsenal so you probably can't even notice that it is better. Just watch Fernando G, he practically uses his 1HBH just for returning serves and he still wins hitting only inside-out forehands.

    By the way, I use the, surprise, 2HBH.
     
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  33. Linkkokiri

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    You know what, I'm a real dummy with my left (non-dominant) hand. I cant do ANYTHING without the help of my other hand. Sometimes I even feel like I'm kinda retarded.... (maybe I am! :confused: ) And as I already said I hit a two-hander and I'm real comfortable with it.
     
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  34. In D Zone

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    Playing One Hand BH. I am able to hit top spin and flat. I'm working on to improve by backhand -going down the line and hitting from deuce cross to the ad side. I finally master how to hit a mean slice down the line that spins out to the sides.
    Love the versatility of 1 BH.
     
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  35. Brian_C

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    i use 2h but occasionally switch to 1h
     
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  37. Telley1

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    I generally play with the 2hbh, but I can hit the 1hbh. When I was 7-8 starting out, I was taught the 1hbh but I wasn't strong enough. The 1hbh feels awesome, but I lack the consistency.
     
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  38. The_1337

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    i use 2hbh all the time, but i can kind of hit 1h without any control.
     
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  39. zzzbrianxxx

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    ditto


    10 character rule....
     
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  40. Bodacious DVT

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    i use a two-hander, but ive started experimenting with a one-hander. i sorta like it but its not reliable yet
     
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  41. topspin73212

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    I had a 2HB for about 17 years.....but I have always wanted a 1HB. It feels like you are able to swing away. With the 2 hander, I felt like my wrists were "tied together"

    recently switched to a 1 hander and I have more control.
     
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  42. AngeloDS

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    I use a one handed backhand; I started off with the one handed backhand slice =).

    However, I really admire some peoples two handed backhands. Some look incredibly beautiful and smooth; my Chinese doubles partner had one of the best and strongest two handed backhands. So smooth and fluid.
     
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  43. Silent

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    I use a 1hbh. I feel like in a phone booth when using the 2hbh (I can't use it actually).
     
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  44. Dangus

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    I thought more people would've had a 2hbh.
     
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  45. origmarm

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    ?? 10 character rule?

    I use a 1hbh as its what I was taught (very few male 2hbh back in the day or was is it just my misconception?)
    Tried a 2hbh at one point but just can't get to grips with it. I feel that the 1hbh definitely gives me more mobility and angles, could be in my head though, power and stability was never an issue. I feel very cramped if I try a 2hbh
     
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  46. soyizgood

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    Going by this site, it seems 55-60% of folks use 1HBH. I think it's the other way around for non-TW folks.

    2HBH has done more to get players to stick with tennis. As a kid, I gave up playing because I couldn't hit anything 1HBH.

    A 2HBH can be gripped in many more ways than a 1HBH. It's also a higher pct. shot and can adjust to various bounces and spins better. 1HBH is a finesse stroke. Only Federer and Gasquet make 1HBH look manly. Even then, 2HBH players give Federer the most problems on tour.
     
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  47. Americanfan411

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    One handed has more options
     
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  48. Dangus

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    Please explain.
     
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  49. Dink

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    Why do I play w/ a 1HB? My motto is "Do it with style or don't bother doing it at all."
     
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  50. gocard

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    I really like the simple, fluid motion of the one hand backhand!
     
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