Backhand problems with 18 mains...

Pete.Sampras.

Semi-Pro
I'm currently demoing a lot of rackets, Wilson K90, K95 16 mains/18 mains, Yonex RDS001, Dunlop Aerogel 200 and 300...

When I played with both K95s I mentioned that my backhand was always too short when I used the one with 18 mains. I really couldn't hit a long backhand with this thing. Now I wonder why because normally, my backhand is really good (with 16 mains, no matter which racket I use)...

Any idea why I have this problem? Overall, a little more control and less power would be nice for a frame like the K95 and I think the open string pattern version offers too much power...
 

pow

Hall of Fame
I'm currently demoing a lot of rackets, Wilson K90, K95 16 mains/18 mains, Yonex RDS001, Dunlop Aerogel 200 and 300...

When I played with both K95s I mentioned that my backhand was always too short when I used the one with 18 mains. I really couldn't hit a long backhand with this thing. Now I wonder why because normally, my backhand is really good (with 16 mains, no matter which racket I use)...

Any idea why I have this problem? Overall, a little more control and less power would be nice for a frame like the K95 and I think the open string pattern version offers too much power...
I seem to be just the opposite, my 1hbh sails usually sails with 16 mains.
 

fgs

Hall of Fame
with a 16mains stringbed you get more power out of the strings, while a 18mains stringbed would "deflect" a little bit less upon impact, hence would "launch" the ball slightly less than the more open stringbed. so, while with a 16mains you hit a decently long ball, when you switch to 18mains, you'll either have it shorter (if you play some spin) or in the net (if you play quite flat). this is nothing that you cannot adapt to, because with a 18mains you could hit harder and still keep it in while also having a little bit better control on the stroke.
 

Pete.Sampras.

Semi-Pro
with a 16mains stringbed you get more power out of the strings, while a 18mains stringbed would "deflect" a little bit less upon impact, hence would "launch" the ball slightly less than the more open stringbed. so, while with a 16mains you hit a decently long ball, when you switch to 18mains, you'll either have it shorter (if you play some spin) or in the net (if you play quite flat). this is nothing that you cannot adapt to, because with a 18mains you could hit harder and still keep it in while also having a little bit better control on the stroke.
I see. I thought it has something to do with the frame as well as the dense string pattern...

I have the feeling that I need all the power I have to play a long backhand with 18 mains. Do you think this feeling would change as well? Because the way it was today, I would be done after 30 minutes of backhands :p
 

fgs

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it's difficult to make a diagnosis via internet - the secret of the onehanded bh is the swing and the timing. if you look at pros, you'll eventually notice that the backswing basically ends with the racquet almost parallel to the backfence, so there is room enough to accelerate up to and through the impact point, which should be some 20-30cm in front of your right knee (assuming you're a righthander). you won't see many open stance bh in the top level. if you go for a little bit more netclearance you'll end up with a long ball and also one that is not so easy to play back by your opponent. if you only go for pure power, you'll play a fast ball, but that will bounce waisthigh, exactly into the "comfort zone" of your opponent - if he has good timing the ball will be very quick in your court again and putting you under time-stress.
the frame itself will also play a role, that is a stiff frame will have more power while a flexier frame will have somewhat less, but then you'd have to bring into this equation also the stringpattern (as earlier mentioned already), the stringtype and tension, the swingweight, etc.
if you're out of "fuel" after 30 minutes, i may think that you are trying to overpower - try to go for a fast but smooth swing. if your timing is right, it will feel like butter even after 2 hours - but i may warn you, that's lots of work ahead to reach this state.:)
 
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