Sharapova plays lefty

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by watungga, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. watungga

    watungga Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Messages:
    574
  2. TCF

    TCF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Messages:
    1,908
    ==========================
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2013
  3. dlesser13

    dlesser13 Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    311
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Anyone with a solid two hander on the pro tour should be able to comfortably hit a lefty forehand. And they are naturally hitting right handed forehands, which is essentially a lefty backhand.
     
  4. rkelley

    rkelley Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,370
    OK, color me impressed. She was taking short balls at her feet off her lefty fh. The form is good too.

    I hurt my right wrist a few years ago and goofed around hitting lefty, including a 1hbh. It was just with foam balls against a wall, but I was really surprised at how quickly it started to feel natural. The one thing I could NOT do was serve.

    So if you're naturally lefty why do you play right handed? She obviously felt it worked better for her and she played at a high level both ways. But a lefty always has an advantage in that they're a lot less common, plus it seems like the serve is always going to be better from the side you feel most comfortable throwing with.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  5. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    2,012
    Location:
    Toronto
    I'm impressed also. I would think she would be even more dominant playing her natural side.

    Boggles the mind how good she is playing righty actually
     
  6. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    35,688
    I know lots of 4.0 level players who hit almost as good forehands on either side. That's why they're 4.0, they practice both and neither enough.
    I hit a better rightie forehand than lefty forehand. I'm 4.0.
    I know a 5.0 winner of the local tourney who hits harder forehand lefty than rightie, and he's right handed.
    Ambi doesn't mean much, just practice possibly better served using your normal side.
     
  7. Ico

    Ico Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2011
    Messages:
    4,235
    This is how she will finally beat Serena again.
     
  8. millicurie999

    millicurie999 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2011
    Messages:
    371
    Like karate kid movie...injured her right arm and then served lefty on MP? :)
     
  9. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2004
    Messages:
    1,063
    You don't think the fact that they're only 4.0 might have something to do with the fact that the vast majority of tennis players never go above 3.5?
     
  10. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    4,078
    I play with a 5.0 guy who just switches hand, no BH..

    he was a world ranked Squash player when he was young, though, probably has above average hand-eye!
     
  11. ramos77

    ramos77 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    605
    if you are are natural lefty, why would play right handed?

    I guess it's worked for her though..

    I wonder which hand she chokes a chicken with?
     
  12. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    4,078
    did you know Rafa is actually naturally right handed?
     
  13. Relinquis

    Relinquis Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,336
    Location:
    On the courts; hard & clay ...
    what was his squash backhand like?!
     

Share This Page