Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ILLVILLIAN, Mar 23, 2008.
Are there some rackets that are more suitable to a 1 handed backhand?
yes, what are you looking for, do a search
You would want to make sure you get a racket that is 27"
Most any racquet with a head size under 100" will do, but if you are looking for racquets with shorter pallets:
Head (insert version here) Prestige Mid/MP
Dunlop (ditto) 200/300
Wilson PS 6.0 85/ Kfactor Tour 90/95
Prince Original Graphite Mid
you can 1 hand with a 100 sq in i use a 1hand and i have hit with the pdr+ and pure storm +
Yonex RDX 500 Mid is amazing for 1hbh, but saying that every racquet I have used has worked but the RDX is just special for the 1 hander.
Try Head Microgel Extreme Pro
Eww, not my thought of a 1-hander racquet, but whatever floats your boat...
i agree with these choices... but would also reccomend the fxp MP or mid as well as the 6.0 95
Glad to hear this,I always thought it will be weird to hit 1hbh with yonex becouse of the square head;I'll receive a rds001 in a few days so I will try that myself.
Fischer MSpeed Pro. no.1 SL is my new favourite for 1HB.
Just pick a racket and work on your stroke mechanics/technique. I've seen great backhands hit with all kinds of rackets from Hyper Hammer 6.3's to Prestige's and Pro #1's
I believe a lot of one-handers on this board use a 95" (PS, Donnay Pro, Slazenger) etc. Usually head-light.
Henin's 95" is supposedly somewhat head heavy.
That said, my backup is a 102" Head Ventoris, and I have no problems hitting backhands with it.
That said, I'd go with Odin's #12.
I have to agree with Oden. My neighbor still plays with the smaller headed Sledgehammer which I think is still over 105 sq in. He plays to a 4.5 level and could play up if he played more. It's not the bow it's the indian (I keep telling myself that too so I don't buy anymore sticks other than what I currently play).
Indeed,you can hit 1hbh with all racquets but some racquets are helping make this easier and that's the point.
From my experience, heavier racquets with smaller headsize are better for backhands period. I would add that you'd want to look for a headlight racquet though.
Saying different rackets are better for 1HBH's is just stupid....
Look at gasquet...he racket is 100sqin and extended length...
We're not talking about the pros of all pros line-up. Way up there, their techniques aren't even in the books ...either that or it hasn't made it in the books yet :shock:
Not a clue what your talking about...?
I wonder with which racket one can NOT hit a 1hbh? lol. And when one buys a racket why would he only cares how it impacts bh but not other elements (fh, net, serv, etc)?
For example,I had a donnay pro tournament,very head light and hit 1hbh,after I swiched to a PDR+ my 1hbh motion could not get the ball the way I want it.
Of course I can hit 1hbh with pdr+ too but is harder,I have to adjust my already formed motion so I preffer to swich to a racquet with similar specs like my donnay has.
Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus is also good for 1HBH. Although it is more suited for 2HBH, I have no problem hitting 1HBH with it. In fact my BH improved so much with this racquet rather than with my Head LM 8.
For me the PDR+ is good for 1HBH.
Simple answer: No.
There's no such thing as a racket for one handed backhands or a racket for two handed backhands.
Look at this line-up:
Stefan Edberg: 1 hbh
Jim Courier: 2 hbh
Jim Grab: 1 hbh
Mary Pierce: 2 hbh
Roger Federer: 1 hbh
Chris Evertt: 2 hbh
Pete Sampras: 1 hbh
What do all these players have in common: They all played with the same frame (at one point). Some players change from one handed backhands to 2 handed backhands (or vice versa) and they don't change racket.
Marc Rosset used to return backhands with two hands and during the rally play a one handed backhand... (he didn't change racket during the point)
Point is: There's no such thing as a 1 hbh racket.
But theoretically there could be a better one. It obviously depends on how a person hits.
If you want a 100sq racquet, I would think you want a lot of surface area to roll the ball so I would expect a lot of spin coming back. If that is not true, I would just think you wanted a good sweet spot. Also, if you conceptualize the two handed backhand and how stable a shot it could be, you might also induce that OS racquets might be more fitting.
There is a lot of tennis theory emerging now and a lot is changing as tennis is emerging as a sport.
You might also think that a smaller headsize and lower swingweight and aerodynamic racquet is better for one handers as opposed to a swing which uses two hands.
There are then the spinners who want the bigger racquets and the flat hitters who might prefer the smaller headsizes.
But there is no hard and fast rule like you said NicolasH.
But then again, a trend might emerge depending how people coneptualize their strokes.
I really don't think that the racket has anything to do with it. If you were to look at all the tennis pros and freeze-frame their backhand at impact they would pretty much look the same. Yes, their weight, balance, ball position and grip might be slightly different but if you look at the racket position (in relationship to the court/net) they're all pretty much the same.
A two handed backhand is not that different from a one handed backhand.
In essence, the hand that is further away from your body is hitting a (second forehand). So if you're a right hander and you hit a two-handed backhand then your left hand is hitting a forehand. I don't think a certain racket is better suited to hit a forehand and your right side so why it be different on the other side?
I agree, people have preferences, they like a small head, head light, head heavy etc. but it has nothing to do with their strokes. For just as many players who are baseliners and prefer a bigger racket there a players who prefer a smaller racket. Lendl was a baseliner and his racket was tiny.
I really think most players approach technology the wrong way, I think the great thing about technology is that you can change it and adapt it to your preferences. But to say that it can make you a better player: I don't buy it.
If you adjust your equipment and you like it and you have absolute trust in it, it will make you more confident and THAT will make you a better player. But if you can't play, you can't play.
The above is true for standard, 27 inch rackets, but...
it's not so much the smaller headsize as the distance from the handle to the sweetspot. At the standard length, the smaller headsize with have a longer distance to the sweetspot than the large headsize. Generally, I think longer is better for a one-hander, my preference anyway, and shorter is better for a two hander. That's probably why Gasquet has a larger head but extended length racket. Old woodies are great for one handers. Though since I have never even tried to hit a two hander, I can't speak to it from experience but it seems like an oversized racket at standard length is best for the two hander.
Why would it be better to have longer distance to the sweetspot with a one handed backhand?
Yes...that is indeed your point. MY point is that whatever racket is helping YOU to make this (1hbh) easier, won't help ME to make it easier...in fact it might make it tougher (for me) to hit that shot.
Each player has different stroke mechanics and taste...as a result each player will hit his absolute best 1hbh (or any other stroke) with a different racket.
That was my point in the first place.
Is the kblade tour good for one hand backhand?
Kblade 98 is good for 1hb as well.
Any type of racquet is as good as the next one out there. Its all in the hands of the player who can make the play.
I have seen players sporting the latest and greatest racquets out there but then get bitten by a guy who is playing a old run down racquet and even someone who is using a mid- level (intermediate) Prince racquet he got from Big 5 at a bargain price. One hand, two hander, slicer or a pusher! Its all about how you play it.
well....I hit my one hand slice and topspin backhand with a POG OS.....Uhhh, I did hit it better with a smaller head but now, I think I hit it better with the POG OS. I Too think it is a matter of stoke technique and getting used to the stick you are playing with.
nice indian reference there. i think i should use that for myself too. aha
Right, it's not the fiddle, it's the fiddler.
The one handed back hand is an agressive stroke so for it to be consistent and effective it is best to use a control oriented racket, these include head, wilson, and dunlop of the major manufacturers, they will help you harness the one hander more, babolats, princes, yonexs are great rackets but they are built around different concepts, it is possible ot use them but there is def a reason the one handers almost exclusively use head, wlson, or dunlop
It's technique, technique, technique... in fact I'd say 90% technique. Give a person with good technique any frame and they will hit well. Give a person any frame with bad technique and they will hit poorly.
I've not had it for long but I swear.. the Yonex RD7 is AMAZING on my backhand! .. and it is so comfortable because of the high flex. It has a longer handle length so you think it's mainly aimed at two handers, though my two hander isnt that good so I just stick with what I know.
tried it, killed the shoulder
I never believe in blaming equipment for lacking shots... but when i switched from the PST to the 6.0 95.. my 1 HBH saw a 500 % improvement.
Ahhh...6.0 95. Yes, perhaps my all-time fave.
I have to agree with this for the most part. Topspin 1HBH are awesome with the RDX 500 mid, but slice is only so-so. I think it's because there is not enough mass in the head, I plan on adding a little lead at the 2 and 10, hopefully it will give me the kind of slice I look for in a stick since it's a big part of my game. Great all-around stick as well.
I was refering to the 1 hander topspin backhand but also find it quiet good for slice, I havent found anything better than a aerogel 300 for slice and it doesnt have that much mass in the head.
Fischer M pro No. 1, naturally.
a racket that cant hit a 1hbh? a racket with no strings
i initially thought the @good backhand racquet@ was nonsense. However, i had a Prince Airlaunch (a laughably light racquet) but i could hit THE best single backhands I've ever hit with! It was pretty rubbish for the rest of my game though. I've used heavier control oriented racquets etc since, but I very rarely hit such a comfortable single backhand as i did with the Airlaunch...weird!!
...and there is no point in bringing pro players into this discussion as 90% of the time you don't know what racquets/customisation they are using anyway!
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