Can't choose between 1 or 2 handed backhand.

djones

Hall of Fame
I've always had a 2 hb, but actually liked to hit 1 hb's.
I wasn't very good in controling a 1 hd untill I got my Prestige Classic mid and was hitting 1 handed bh's more frequently.
I can't say that my 1hb is as good as my 2hb is, but it sometimes feels more natural and I seem to get more spin and power as well, cuz it allows me for a much loopier stroke.

I always had this picture in my mind, that I was some sort of Agassi-style of player, so for me to just swith to a 1hb feels very odd.

Have you had experiences like this as well?
And what should I do?
 

misterg

Rookie
Djones, I switched from one handed to two handed backhand. In my opinion two handed is a better choice: It's easier lo learn, easier to hit high returns and down the line. Is more versatile because you can hit it from a closed and open stance too.
 

kreative

Professional
if you always pictured yourself as agassi-ish, how could you like to hit 1-handers? wouldn't it be weird to you? in any case, it comes down to what you're more comfortable with, and what you enjoy using. my 1-handed backhand used to be my best stroke, but i changed it in favor of a 2 hander b/c it was more consistent, and was easier to hit high balls. i also liked that you could make last second adjustments, and even if you struck the ball late, you could have some control. 1 hander is more versatile w/ easily altering between topspin, flat, and slice, and the stroke naturally promotes moving forward (unless you're hitting from open stance) which is nice if you're more a serve and volleyer. stick w/ what feels best to you, or what gives you the best results.
 

AngeloDS

Hall of Fame
It depends on your game style. Topspin, Drive, Angles, Placement, Power etc.

If you play a game of angles as I do, one-handed backhand beats it all. Topspin is better on the one-handed backhand.

Two handed backhand has a lot of drive to it, and a lot of power behind it. I've seen people bealt two-handed backhands 80+ MPH. Really fast.

It's easier to make passing shots with the one-handed backhand, while it's easier to power out a person volleying with a two-handed backhand.
 

POGO

Hall of Fame
AngeloDS said:
It depends on your game style. Topspin, Drive, Angles, Placement, Power etc.

If you play a game of angles as I do, one-handed backhand beats it all. Topspin is better on the one-handed backhand.

Two handed backhand has a lot of drive to it, and a lot of power behind it. I've seen people bealt two-handed backhands 80+ MPH. Really fast.

It's easier to make passing shots with the one-handed backhand, while it's easier to power out a person volleying with a two-handed backhand.
I've always thought topspin was much easier and better on a two handed backhand.
 

RKS12

Rookie
I'm 47 years old, coming off rotator cuff surgery, and just learned the 2HBH. So now i have both and i think it is possible to have both if you play 3 or more times per week to work on them. Roddick and Safin are two pros who come to mind who are now using both. I don't think you want to try to hit both for topspin but 2H topspin plus a 1H slice go together well.
 

AngeloDS

Hall of Fame
POGO said:
I've always thought topspin was much easier and better on a two handed backhand.
It's easier to add topspin from any position with a onehanded backhand. Wether it be 1" from the ground, to way above your head.
 
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SageOfDeath

Guest
RKS12 said:
I'm 47 years old, coming off rotator cuff surgery, and just learned the 2HBH. So now i have both and i think it is possible to have both if you play 3 or more times per week to work on them. Roddick and Safin are two pros who come to mind who are now using both. I don't think you want to try to hit both for topspin but 2H topspin plus a 1H slice go together well.
That's true you can go with both but if you aim to improve quickly its best to choose one or the other. Though if you have a lot of time on your hands you could go with 1 and 2 and suprise people.
 

fishuuuuu

Hall of Fame
Just whichever comes more naturally to you.

You can generate angles with either backhand, generate pace with either backhand, or generate spin with either backhand. Get it?

If it means anything to you, players such as Sampras and Federer use 1-handed backhands.
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
akj said: Lazy = two hand

Huh ? I thought with the 2hnd you had to work harder on the footwork due to the reach problem..
 

Mattle

Rookie
Hi there

Yester day i had the same issue and i've had it for almost a year. You have to think of many things: Which backhand do i like, are you a hitting person or am i more a one hander / slice, because, 2hbh is more neutral and one hander can both be a weapon and weakness if your opponent is capable of making deep top spin too it. You also have to think, which one is most effective for you and if you want to hit open stance backhand, one hander is not the answer for you. The most important question is: do you want to work with your one handed back hand? because if you train hard, it can be good. But so can your 2hbh!
 

Mattle

Rookie
Hi there

Yester day i had the same issue and i've had it for almost a year. You have to think of many things: Which backhand do i like, are you a hitting person or am i more a one hander / slice, because, 2hbh is more neutral and one hander can both be a weapon and weakness if your opponent is capable of making deep top spin too it. You also have to think, which one is most effective for you and if you want to hit open stance backhand, one hander is not the answer for you. The most important question is: do you want to work with your one handed back hand? because if you train hard, it can be good. But so can your 2hbh!
 

bee

Semi-Pro
I use both. Have a problem with my left shoulder now, so I've moved more to a onehanded bh. Still use the twohander when I have a short midcourt ball and want to drive the ball crosscourt with topspin. Have come to prefer the onehander on downtheline bh's and defensive chops and slices.
 

Matthew

Professional
I have gone back and forth between the two as well. I agree that for me, the 1HBH feels more natural and I am always in position to hit it. The 2HBH I feel like I am constantly over running it or not close enough and I'm off balance or something is wrong. I am with the 2HBH now just because I can hit harder with it and with a little more consistency, but the one hander feels so good when you rip a winner with it.
 

joesixtoe

Rookie
i find it easier to hit in the direction you want with a one hander, and easier to hit on the run,, but 2hb is more consistent i believe,,, but i'm trying the one hander.
 

FiveO

Hall of Fame
Pick either the 1h or 2h and stick with it. Flipping back and forth will probably prevent you from finding out just how good either can be. At the very least changing back and forth will slow your learning curve of either. IMO neither is superior/inferior to the other. I would suggest, however, that the 1hbh is more conducive to an all-court game style in that it is easier to transition forward off of (1hbh slice approach) and promotes familiarity in hitting a 1-handed bh volley. Not better but perhaps more versatile.

Choose what feels best for you. Spend time to learn all the nuances of either the 1 or 2-hander and stick with it w/ one exception, should you opt for the 2-hander I would recommend you develop a reliable, situational 1-handed slice to go with it.
 

joe1987

Semi-Pro
hey i had the same problem. then I decided to stick with my 2hd easier to hit topspin so more consistent and I felt it was better to return serve using the 2hd as it was more stable using the extra hand.
 

ta11geese3

Semi-Pro
When people discuss whether to choose between 1hb or 2hb, don't they mean for topspin/flat shots? I always thought that 1hb slice was for everyone...
 
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ondray

Guest
In one of the TENNIS magazine columns, the coach/expert said in order to improve your 2 hbh, one should practise hitting left-handed forehands and one-handed topspin backhand.

I have been doing this for about 3-4 months now and I find that I am able to guide the ball's direction using my left hand(I'm a right hander).

The only problem I am facing is high bounces to my backhand side and my restricted view of the opponent when I hit a 2hbh since the contact point is further back.

I see some of the pros do the 2handed jumping backhand (Coria,Nalbandian,Safin...). It's a very difficult shot and you really need to have good anticipation cause once you commit and jump, there's nothing you can do if there's an unforseen sidespin on the ball and it bounces away from or to your body.
 

ktncnttl

Rookie
This is a no-brainer. Two hands of course. Even Federer has troubles with 2handers. Just ask Nalbandian or Safin. Lucky Federer has the best forehand in the business.
 

oti

New User
i use the old borg 1-2 backhand.....works well.......leaves me open for slice and plenty of control for angle
 

nViATi

Hall of Fame
ktncnttl said:
This is a no-brainer. Two hands of course. Even Federer has troubles with 2handers. Just ask Nalbandian or Safin. Lucky Federer has the best forehand in the business.
:rolleyes: troll
 

Mahboob Khan

Hall of Fame
It's not the look of a stroke, it's the effectiveness of a stroke which matters. If you are effective with 2-handed BH stick with it and add 1-handed slice backhand as well. This way you will get the best of both the worlds! In your case, 2-handed BH and add 1-handed slice BH as well.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
Mahboob Khan said:
It's not the look of a stroke, it's the effectiveness of a stroke which matters. If you are effective with 2-handed BH stick with it and add 1-handed slice backhand as well. This way you will get the best of both the worlds! In your case, 2-handed BH and add 1-handed slice BH as well.
Mahboob, while this is common at the pro level, I've never seen a 2hbh club level player even use a one handed slice. The one handers mix up the drive and slice, but for some reason, 2 handers find letting go of that top hand too awkward.
 

cadfael_tex

Professional
Go with what feels natural. I went through the same thing when coming back after 19 years not playing. I was originally taught the two hander and worked hard before I quit to move to a one hander. Coming back I thought that the 2hbh would be easier but it just didn't feel natural to me. Hit a little bit with both looking a technique more than results, choose, and then stick with one and develop it.
 

DX_Psycho

Semi-Pro
well I play with 2hbh and 1hbh slice. i wanted to switch ebcause 1hbh just looks and feels cooler. but then i learned how to hit 2hbh cross court angles and down the line winners so i have no problem with it now.
 

rafael

Rookie
I mainly use a 1her. I feel I can generate more power/spin with it and it feels very natural. But I recently started learning how to hit a 2her as well. My main reason is for return of serves and being able to hit from an open stance easier.
 

nViATi

Hall of Fame
ktncnttl said:
Echizen uses the two-handed backhand too.
First of all, anime tennis has nothing to do with real life tennis. Secondly, Echizen uses both the two handed and one handed backhand. Thirdly, my avatar is of one of Echizen's rivals, no Echizen.
 

TheRed

Hall of Fame
Rickson said:
Mahboob, while this is common at the pro level, I've never seen a 2hbh club level player even use a one handed slice. The one handers mix up the drive and slice, but for some reason, 2 handers find letting go of that top hand too awkward.
Hmmm, I've seen plenty of 2hbh players use the slice. Not sure what level club players you're watching. I would say, 1hbh and 2hbh players use the slice differently. 2 handers generally use slices exclusively for defensive or change of pace purposes (see agassi) while one handers will use a slice for the same purposes but also more offensively, i.e. as a set up shot or a chip and charge. Graf and Federer are good examples of more offensive uses of the slice, although how they use it is different.

Back to the orginal question, I'd say just stick w/ one. I switched from a 2hbh to a 1hbh because the results were more consistent. The versatility also allows me to play tennis more like a chess match. However, I can't just bludgeon opponents like I used to.
 

ktncnttl

Rookie
nViATi said:
First of all, anime tennis has nothing to do with real life tennis. Secondly, Echizen uses both the two handed and one handed backhand. Thirdly, my avatar is of one of Echizen's rivals, no Echizen.
Just look at the pros and tell me which one is used more by the pros. Don't tell me the pros don't know whats good for them.
 

goober

Legend
Rickson said:
Mahboob, while this is common at the pro level, I've never seen a 2hbh club level player even use a one handed slice. The one handers mix up the drive and slice, but for some reason, 2 handers find letting go of that top hand too awkward.

Given that you only play with your small circle of friends, you haven't seen very many club players I would venture. I would say that almost all the 2 HBH players I have seen at the 4.0 level and above use a 1 BH slice when they want to slice.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
goober said:
Given that you only play with your small circle of friends, you haven't seen very many club players I would venture. I would say that almost all the 2 HBH players I have seen at the 4.0 level and above use a 1 BH slice when they want to slice.
We all use one handers (all guys) and we can all slice so you're theory is incorrect. I've seen many 2 handers play and they rarely one hand slice. Some of the women never let go of the top hand at all.
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
Most replies almost sound like this: "_____ is better, because that's what I use"... Humans!!!
 

POGO

Hall of Fame
I've seen many 3.5 to 6.0 two handed players, from my local tennis club to university players, and I have yet to see any two handed players at those levels use a two handed slice. All use a one handed slice on the backand.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
POGO said:
I've seen many 3.5 to 6.0 two handed players, from my local tennis club to university players, and I have yet to see any two handed players at those levels use a two handed slice. All use a one handed slice on the backand.
I've seen many 2 handers not slice at all.
 

Tenny

Professional
misterg said:
Djones, I switched from one handed to two handed backhand. In my opinion two handed is a better choice: It's easier lo learn, easier to hit high returns and down the line. Is more versatile because you can hit it from a closed and open stance too.
Huh? I found 1HB is much easier and natural. And I can swing very fast with 1HBH. When I try to hit 2HBH, I feel very awkward. 1HB was more natural to me, JHH, and RF. ;)

BTW, where I play (a public court), I haven't seen many 2HBHanders. It seems younger players with some formal training or lesson use 2HBH. Otherwise, >95% are 1HBH. Doesn it prove 1HBH is easier to learn or hit (not necessarily better)?
 

Exile

Professional
ktncnttl said:
This is a no-brainer. Two hands of course. Even Federer has troubles with 2handers. Just ask Nalbandian or Safin. Lucky Federer has the best forehand in the business.

Why don't you ask Nadal, Agassi, Hewitt, and Roddick the same thing.

God intended us to have one handed backhands, that other arm is for the ball toss on serve and people that don't know better.
 

nViATi

Hall of Fame
ktncnttl said:
Just look at the pros and tell me which one is used more by the pros. Don't tell me the pros don't know whats good for them.
It's friggin preference.
 

dmastous

Professional
It's not easy to incorperate both 2 handed topspin and 1 handed slice backhands. Pros do it to get the variety and reach that the 1 handed slice gives them and the stability and power the 2 handed gives them. The problem is the shoulder rotation and contact point on each is completly different and it's not easy to learn both effectively.
Maybe club players don't have the time to work on both, and make them quality shots. So they stick with the 2 hander.
 

Venetian

Professional
I've never seen someone with a 2h backhand that DID NOT use a 1h backhand slice. Are you guys saying that you see players slicing with 2 hands or that they don't slice at all? I've never come across either in all my years, from new players to college level players. It doesn't seem like it's hard to hit a 2h backhand and slice with 1 hand. It's simple. To me it seems that way anyway.
 
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SageOfDeath

Guest
ktncnttl said:
Just look at the pros and tell me which one is used more by the pros. Don't tell me the pros don't know whats good for them.
To put it non-harshly that's a ridiculous claim. So just do whatever most professionals do then? So Sampras who won 14 grand slam titles but because he didn't use a 2 hander he doesn't know what's good for him?

Its preference, there are different advantages from each. If you don't know squat don't make ridiculous claims that can be misleading to someone reading this thread.

P.S. God did intend for us to choose either a 1 hander or two, the other hand is also used for preparing. Maybe you've failed to switch to a 1 hander thus your motto?

And every person I've seen ranging from recreational to coaches, have a slice whether 2 handed or 1 handed. I've never seen a match where someone just hits drives and topspin. Obviously your experience is different Rickson but I believe that the majority of people definately slice.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Rickson said:
Mahboob, while this is common at the pro level, I've never seen a 2hbh club level player even use a one handed slice. The one handers mix up the drive and slice, but for some reason, 2 handers find letting go of that top hand too awkward.
That is changing. I see junior players at the club being taught a two-handed BH slice.
 
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