2hbh ROS with 1h everything else

#1
Hello players, ok odd question here. :D:D I grew up playing 2hbh since everybody was doing that back then. About a year ago, I switched to 1 handed in order to reduce sciatic nerve pain. The 1handed feels much better and more natural to me and I am getting better at it. :)

What I struggle the most with though is the high return of serve. I recently started playing at this 4.5 doubles league and most people go 2nd serve kick serve at my backhand. Me being a small guy, I have big trouble hitting the ball at the height of my shoulder. During points I have more time to setup for the high ball or try to be aggressive and half volley it. When trying to return a high serve though, my timing/rotation/footwork isn't there.

In singles, slicing it back will work most of the time but in doubles, if I have a competent opponent at the net and my slice isn't spot on, then my doubles partner is a sitting duck to my opponent's volley. o_Oo_O

I talked to this coach/pro and he suggested to go back to 2handed return of serve and stick with 1 handed for everything else. So my question is, should I attempt it? Has anybody tried that? Or should I just stick with the 1handed for everything and just keep working on my timing? :D:D
 
#3
Why not? You already can hit the 2HBH and the greatest advantage of that shot is exactly what you just described. I wish I had a good 2HBH return...
Why not? Mostly 2 reasons. I haven't seen anybody doing it and I wonder why! :D I also have a much different motion in my 1handed than I used to with my 2handed and I am kinda afraid that I will mess up my head and my game trying to play these 2 different strokes.
 
#6
Why not? Mostly 2 reasons. I haven't seen anybody doing it and I wonder why! :D I also have a much different motion in my 1handed than I used to with my 2handed and I am kinda afraid that I will mess up my head and my game trying to play these 2 different strokes.
You don't see it much because for most players there isn't a need. You needed to go to a 1HBH because of your back. Most 1 handers never had a 2HBH so they just make do. Most 2 Handers developed the stroke and now use it because its better than their old 1HBH.

I'm sure if someone had a reason to have both in their armamentarium, they'd go with a 2HBH RoS and defense and a 1HBH for slice and offensive drives.
 
#8
I don't think what your coach is saying is that odd. 2H RoS means more stable frame when you can get to the ball. Since these are kick serves, speed is not the issue. I have seen maybe 4 guys using 2H RoS off either side. I am jealous because they are younger, have a lot more hair, are taller than me and all have played in college. They are rated 5.0+ since they only play 3 lines in their matches. :D One may be on a 4.5+ team.
 
#9
Why not? Mostly 2 reasons. I haven't seen anybody doing it and I wonder why! :D I also have a much different motion in my 1handed than I used to with my 2handed and I am kinda afraid that I will mess up my head and my game trying to play these 2 different strokes.
The thing you have to remember is that the returning is different from hitting ground strokes. You know when you're going to hit a return, and you can set up in a specific way to hit it. It's like coming to the net and setting up to hit volleys. People with two-handed backhands don't worry that using one hand on backhand volleys will mess with their game.

As long as you don't throw in random two-handed ground strokes, then it shouldn't cause problems.

Oh, and I used to return with two hands back when I hit one-handed backhands.
 

MisterP

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#12
I am predominantly 2HBH but I use the one hander for certain situations. You can definitely do it. I would just be careful not to injure your back again.
 

Nellie

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#14
Funny, I am the opposite. I hit a 2hbh mostly, but on high returns of serves (above the shoulders), I hit a one handed volley-like block return. If playing doubles and returning a high serve down the middle, I have to aim pretty wide angle to avoid the net man. If you step into the return, you can still generate a lot of pace.
 
#15
I did this for a while when struggling under lights to get contact point right and pick up direction in time for grip change. Only issue is spacing changes from single to double my double was bad
I worked out contrary to normal practise if I was in an eastern BH I could change to Eastern FH easier and since most players hit to BH more what I lost on FH wasn't too bad.
When things are going well that half swing BH return on rise works great. But I tend to stand back further and just drive, it's easier but good net man will hurt it. But at least your hitting hard and deep and pressure back on net man to cross and control the volley.
 
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