2HBH has allowed me to play tennis again!

RalphNYC

Semi-Pro
I have no idea how it happened. Was playing frequently for years with a 1HBH that had become a great weapon. Was playing the BH side in my USTA 4.0 USTA league and handling it well. Walked on the court a few weeks ago, hit a BH and felt a sharp pain. Hit another. Another sharp pain. Haven't been able to hit a 1HBH since (or serve without pain). I'll see an elbow specialist on Tuesday. But in the meantime I've been hitting a 2HBH with NO PAIN. I'm not great at it of course, but I've cracked a few solid shots with it and I think I understand the mechanics (mostly) and I look forward to working on it. I did try a 1HBH lightly today and felt some mild pain, so I figure it's going to be shelved for a long while. The 2HBH is an interesting shot. It certainly feels different than the 1HBH, but for people who suffer from Tennis Elbow, I have to say: give the 2HBH a try. It might allow you to play pain free, and might give you a new weapon that you come to enjoy just as much as your 1HBH.
 

ricardo

Hall of Fame
fully agree...

i switched to 2hbh due to te/ge more than a year ago and i am glad i did.
my 2hbh is now about 5x better.

my te/ge is almost 80% gone. it started about 1.5 years ago.

so maybe my te/ge is a blessing in disguise. i would not have made the switch if it weren't for my te/ge.
 

*Val*

Semi-Pro
Well I imagine this is because there is less stress on your right arm (if you're right handed that is) so switching to 2H gives you more control and allows your left to do 80% of the work rather than your right doing 100%.
 

RalphNYC

Semi-Pro
That's right. I am going to see Dr Kwon in NYC today - an orthopedic surgeon specializing in elbow and shoulder. I'm curious to hear what he says. It seems to be the tip of my tricep where it meets the elbow. I think it is due to changing my service motion.
 

albino smurf

Professional
Sounds like bad form with your serve or BH is what's causing your problems more than 1 or 2 hands being the culprit.
 

RalphNYC

Semi-Pro
Sounds like bad form with your serve or BH is what's causing your problems more than 1 or 2 hands being the culprit.
I didn't say what the culprit was - only that using a 2HBH allows me to play currently while my elbow has pain. After the doctor visit today I see that it's the tendon between my tricept and my elbow. It's not actually Tennis Elbow or Golf Elbow as they are normally defined. I think the culprit was incorporating not bad form on my serve, but a small adjustment that gave me more power, and using it too much too soon.
 
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