could this be possible?

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Coolness!!!

Entirely possible I'd say. Hitting with your other hand - not your most natural move - makes you focus very deliberately on each component of your swing. Working through it step by step on one side probably makes it sort of translate over to the other side.

When I was doing my teaching certification, we all had to take turns teaching a group, so we taught each other. When one of the others was running a lesson, her assigned theme was to teach us all to hit backhands on our opposite sides. I'm a righty, so I was working on a left-handed one-hander for this "clinic".

At the end of that half hour I had a decent lefty backhand happening, but it also helped my right-handed backhand, especially with my footwork and racquet prep. I think that it's probably sort of easy to "transpose" the mirror image from one side to the other, even if we haven't accumulated the muscle memory for the stroke on that other side.

Maybe you're on to a funky new 21st century training technique... Time to write a book!!
 

Toby14

Semi-Pro
after hitting a leftie forehand for a few months - twice a week,my right handed forehand improved drastically
The coach I am working with always have us hitting left hand forehands 10 minutes every session, as he believes that you need to have a more balaced body. It for sure have great effect on my 2 hand backhand. My forehand is also improving, but I never made that connection, hmmm. I will have to ask the coach.
 

acintya

Legend
Coolness!!!

Entirely possible I'd say. Hitting with your other hand - not your most natural move - makes you focus very deliberately on each component of your swing. Working through it step by step on one side probably makes it sort of translate over to the other side.

When I was doing my teaching certification, we all had to take turns teaching a group, so we taught each other. When one of the others was running a lesson, her assigned theme was to teach us all to hit backhands on our opposite sides. I'm a righty, so I was working on a left-handed one-hander for this "clinic".

At the end of that half hour I had a decent lefty backhand happening, but it also helped my right-handed backhand, especially with my footwork and racquet prep. I think that it's probably sort of easy to "transpose" the mirror image from one side to the other, even if we haven't accumulated the muscle memory for the stroke on that other side.

Maybe you're on to a funky new 21st century training technique... Time to write a book!!
you are on point - thats what i tried to say. ah, i think someone else on this planet had this idea before me but it is true i started this years ago:) I think ****inh Judy Murray will get all the credits for this as she is now promoting training with 2 racquets. well if i had a school we would do this already 5 years ago. I cannot harm the brain...its not so easdy to learn this strokes but when you hit a a great LFH it really feels good...
whats the real problem is the POWER. i cant imagine how much i needed to train to bring it to the level of my right - power wise. :O we will see, i do everyday 200 shadow swing with my left - will see what effect will this have.
 

acintya

Legend
The coach I am working with always have us hitting left hand forehands 10 minutes every session, as he believes that you need to have a more balaced body. It for sure have great effect on my 2 hand backhand. My forehand is also improving, but I never made that connection, hmmm. I will have to ask the coach.
great coach! do you also felt the ball more with your left hand?
 

Toby14

Semi-Pro
great coach! do you also felt the ball more with your left hand?
I am not sure what you mean by feeling the ball ?

A little story - this summer some people watched me and my partner during some rallies, the coach went up to them and asked: aren't they good players ? They kind of answered a little hesitant, yes they are good, but nothing special. Then the coach told them we were playing with our left hands, and their jaws dropped :)

My left arm was completely dead (I am a really right hander) when we started a year ago or so, could not even get the ball over the net. But I am quite amazed of how much you can improve if you persist and are willing to try. Also double handed BH at the right side was complicated at the beginning. I can now rally well with lower level players at the club using my left hand (only hitting for fun as there is no way I can serve with my left arm).

This is just fun, but I believe that it really helped my overall game.

Cheers, Toby
 

Kevo

Legend
I played a 3.5 league at a local tennis center once using my left hand. Made it to the finals before getting beat. The serve is absolutely the most difficult shot to learn left handed. I sort of got ok with it, and no one made fun of me so I guess it was ok, but that throwing motion with the off hand has got to be the most awkward thing.

I do think it helps improve your regular strokes learning with the off hand.
 

acintya

Legend
I am not sure what you mean by feeling the ball ?

A little story - this summer some people watched me and my partner during some rallies, the coach went up to them and asked: aren't they good players ? They kind of answered a little hesitant, yes they are good, but nothing special. Then the coach told them we were playing with our left hands, and their jaws dropped :)

My left arm was completely dead (I am a really right hander) when we started a year ago or so, could not even get the ball over the net. But I am quite amazed of how much you can improve if you persist and are willing to try. Also double handed BH at the right side was complicated at the beginning. I can now rally well with lower level players at the club using my left hand (only hitting for fun as there is no way I can serve with my left arm).

This is just fun, but I believe that it really helped my overall game.

Cheers, Toby
yeah,great story bro!! :) by feel i mean.. you are more in the stroke,you feel the movement more as you learning from the scratch and you left arm wasnt used for manny other things. anyways i feel it more but i am wondering how i could achieve such power with my left hand as i have with the right?it seems a impossible task but maybe in a few years i could have a nasty forehand.what do you think?
for the BH - for me this bh is kinda easy - play it now a few years and felt very natural from beginning to me. dont know why.
 

acintya

Legend
I played a 3.5 league at a local tennis center once using my left hand. Made it to the finals before getting beat. The serve is absolutely the most difficult shot to learn left handed. I sort of got ok with it, and no one made fun of me so I guess it was ok, but that throwing motion with the off hand has got to be the most awkward thing.

I do think it helps improve your regular strokes learning with the off hand.
agree,the serve is on the highest difficulty level.. the only way to learn to proper serve with the left is to do at least 50 shadows swings a day, and choke up the racquet and start slow serving from the service line with a proper throwing motion - then gradually move to the baseline and un-choke the grip. is it worth?i dont know...but it is fun - until you play a real match:)
 
I am not sure what you mean by feeling the ball ?

A little story - this summer some people watched me and my partner during some rallies, the coach went up to them and asked: aren't they good players ? They kind of answered a little hesitant, yes they are good, but nothing special. Then the coach told them we were playing with our left hands, and their jaws dropped :)
"I admit it: you are better than I am." - Inigo Montoya

"Then why are you smiling?" - The Man in Black

"Because I know something you don't know." - Montoya

"And what is that?" - TMiB

"I am not left-handed." - Montoya

*The Princess Bride*
 

LGQ7

Hall of Fame
Coolness!!!

Entirely possible I'd say. Hitting with your other hand - not your most natural move - makes you focus very deliberately on each component of your swing. Working through it step by step on one side probably makes it sort of translate over to the other side.

When I was doing my teaching certification, we all had to take turns teaching a group, so we taught each other. When one of the others was running a lesson, her assigned theme was to teach us all to hit backhands on our opposite sides. I'm a righty, so I was working on a left-handed one-hander for this "clinic".

At the end of that half hour I had a decent lefty backhand happening, but it also helped my right-handed backhand, especially with my footwork and racquet prep. I think that it's probably sort of easy to "transpose" the mirror image from one side to the other, even if we haven't accumulated the muscle memory for the stroke on that other side.

Maybe you're on to a funky new 21st century training technique... Time to write a book!!
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