one hander or two handed backhand?

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  1. quest01

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    Whats better a one handed backhand or a two handed backhand?

    The reason im asking this question is because im thinking about switching from a two hander to a one hander.
     
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  2. JMaj

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    Maybe one should use whatever is "natural".
    I was in a backhand clinic today. One participant had a 2 hander, and the pro told him a one hander better fit his body mechanics. So he tried the one hander and by the end of the hour he was hitting some very nice looking shots.
     
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  3. BabolatFan

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    How long have u been playing? Why do u wanna switch? Well it all depends on your comfort level. Don't do it coz others say this or that. Do it coz you feel natural abt it.
     
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  4. jamauss

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    When I first started playing I tried hitting a 2 hander and was just never able to get the shot down. The motion of it never came naturally to me so I hit with a 1HBH. I'm glad I did. I've never played anyone my level (4.0 to 4.5) that can generate as much pace and topspin with their 2 hander as I can with my 1 hander. Call it coincidence or a lack of opponents but it seems that way in the pros too. I'll take Gasquet's or Guga's backhand over anyone's 2 hander.

    edit: I realize the above might sound biased towards the 1HBH but hey, that's what I hit, so I like it. Obviously there are players that exist with awesome 2HBH's. It's probably as much personal preference and comfort as anything else.
     
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  5. siber222000

    siber222000 Semi-Pro

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    i use both, i use one hand for crosscourt angle, and two handed for strong top spin shots.. its all depends on u do wat u like, there is really no good answer for this question
     
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  6. lucky leprechaun

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    Do you want to be a baseline attacking type player, or a forward attacking type player? Personally I think the 1-hander allows natural flexibility to hit both topspin and slice to allow you different options when your opponent is figuring you out, and helps your volleys tremendously.
     
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  7. tpe11etier

    tpe11etier New User

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    I tried making the same switch. Notice I said *tried*! I'm 33 and have played on and off for 18 years. The one hander came easy when I had time. The problem was return of serve for me. I just couldn't get set quick enough. With a 2 hander, I think you can compensate for lack of time on the big bomb serves by just flicking your wrists. That's just not possible with a 1 hander. At least not for me...:)
     
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  8. atac

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    Best to learn both!
     
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  10. blue03

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    i'm right hander and hv 1hbh. but my grip is like this :
    i grip with eastern bh, but my thumb is lining up with the left side bevel (counting clockwise) of the handle (i am right handed) with that i can direct my backhand direction either crosscourt or dtl. but is it correct? or should i grip without having the thumb as my support?

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  11. Janne

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    I´ve only taken 4 lessons, but I´ve found the 1 handed backhand much more easy to use than the 2 handed. But I still use continental grip on every hit I make :p
     
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