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Old 02-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by always_crosscourt View Post
Beveldevil, you think Nadal's backhand is left-hand (front arm) dominant? That would be quite strange since he's supposedly naturally right handed, so I'd have thought he'd use the opportunity to hit as much of a 'right-handed forehand' as possible?
Not just me, but video analyst/coach John Yandell said the same thing.

I have no idea why he does it that way, but I have a couple of guesses:

- Uncle Toni didn't really know what he was doing, and taught Nadal the "wrong" way.
- Nadal started out as a righty with a 2-handed forehand, which uses a lot of front arm. This was then converted to a 2hbh.
- Nadal learned how to use his left so well it translated to his backhand.

Btw, Andre Agassi also hit with a straight front arm and he himself said his stroke was more of a 1hbh with support.

Originally Posted by always_crosscourt View Post
Does anyone with a 1hbh 'pat the dog'?
All of them do, but in a different way. At the bottom of their racket drop they turn their palm downwards. This has been referred to as the "power position."
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