One the run, 2HBH question.

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  1. TimeSpiral

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    Scenario: right handed player, 2HBH, decent skill level. Forced to hit an on the run (OTR) 2HBH (CC, DTL, D-Lob, doesn't matter). Let's assume you can hit the OTR shot without resorting to a full stretch.

    Question: Which foot should you be hitting off of? Is this a player preference, purely situational, or is there a technically correct answer?

    Thanks, Guys!
     
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  2. Dimcorner

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    If you are at a full run?

    1 handed slice. :)

    As for my preference, I plant my left (I'm right handed).
     
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  3. counterfeit25

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    You can hit off either right or left leg. Personally I prefer to hit off the left leg (I'm right handed), but I find I sometimes hit off my right leg when the ball is very low. I don't think about it too much though, just from experience.

    You can see Djokovic hitting from both left and right leg on his running 2HBH.

    Left leg:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORn7HI8tufs

    Right leg:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUhhVifbIx8
     
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  4. TimeSpiral

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    Interesting! For the left leg example, he gets there "in time" and for the right leg example, he's at a "full stretch."
     
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  5. counterfeit25

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    Yup, I think you can find examples of pros hitting off right leg / "in time", and left leg / "full stretch" as well. Nadal comes to mind for a left leg / "full stretch" backhand, reversed for him of course since he's a lefty.

    I think you should practice both and you will get a feel for which leg to hit off of for different situations.
     
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  6. NLBwell

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    I would say and on-the-run shot is situationally dependent because you are, well, on the run.
     
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  7. TimeSpiral

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    So far, my question has been answered: it's player preference, and there is no technically correct leg to aim for (perhaps with small adjustment steps?).
     
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  8. VeeSe

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    Djokovic will almost always hit the full stretch backhand off of the left leg with an open stance, as it's way easier to generate power than doing it with your back facing the net like in that example. He was just forced to do it that way on that particular shot, but as you can see, it's way more awkward and difficult. I would suggest always trying to hit it open if you are on the full run and not slicing. If you have to have your back turned and step across with the right foot, the slice is way easier to hit.
     
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  9. martini1

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    Lol both are exceptional shots. I don't know, but it seems like only open level players can do shots like that.

    I was taught if u have time u can do outside foot, but on the stretch it is easier to do the inside foot, hit, and then outside foot for balance. I prefer the later, especially when hitting dtl.
     
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  10. Mikeplaystenniss

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    It depends on the situation. I use my left leg (as a right handed player) that way I can put my body weight more forward and spin the ball CC. Hitting off my right leg first would mean I am using the left leg to kickstand, meaning I am most definitely there in time.
     
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