Weird - can anyone advise please??

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  1. wjh546157

    wjh546157 New User

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    I am a right handed player of 4.5 level (or thereabouts). The problem I have is that I use a one handed backhand on my left side, and a two handed backhand on my forehand right side [like a left hander with right hand high]?

    I can play with a one handed forehand, but it's erratic as hell and I can't control it. With two hands on the racket (like a lefty two handed backhand), it's very solid and reliable.

    The problem of course is I have to change grip the whole time, sliding my right hand up high for the forehand side and down low for the backhand side.

    Should I just stick with it - it works after all - or go back to the beginning and work on getting a traditional one handed forehand? I don't feel I'll ever be able to compete against really good players unless I do?

    (PS. I forehand volley and drop shot one handed with no problem, it's just the forehands from the base line I can only do with 2 hands on the racket)
     
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  2. i8myshirt

    i8myshirt Rookie

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    Probably just learning the one handed forehand would be your best bet, but have you tried a two handed forehand where your left hand is on top?
     
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  3. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

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    If you've been doing this for a while, you should be pretty good at making those grip changes. If not, and you are committed to this style of play, learn to make the grip change quickly & effortlessly. Also, keep working on that one-handed FH as well so that you can use it when you need it.

    There is a 5.5/6.0 player in this area that uses a 2-handed FH. He played for SCU (Div 1) recently, I believe. He teaches a more conventional FH but uses hit 2-handed FH when rallying with top level juniors.
     
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  4. wjh546157

    wjh546157 New User

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    Thanks for the advice btw.

    Problem is when I do my single handed forehand a/ I don't follow through past the shoulder b/ I get all 'tight' because I know it's erratic and it will either a/ go in the net or b/ hit the back netting. I'm so jealous when I see the likes of Soderling and Berdych pummel their forehands down like a mallet.

    Pisses me off like there's no tomorrow!
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Since 2hfh allows and forces your shoulders to come thru with the shot, you might take some instruction, learn to unit turn, learn to get the unit moving forward together using a 1hfh.
    Start going back to basics, racket straight back, hesitate, then move forwards. Then as it comes together, add the loop into the movement.
    Most important to turn shoulders early on 1hfh's.
     
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