Fed fans - do you have a one handed backhand?

Fed fans - do you play with a one handed backhand?

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Roddick85

Hall of Fame
I do, thanks to Pistol Pete as he was my favorite player growing up so naturally I had to emulate him. Even though my 1HBH is now a respectable shot, the road to get there wasn't an easy one and I'm sure that's the case for a lot of amateurs who opted for that shot. I will admit that in some tough moments I had the occasional moments of self doubt and gave the 2HBH a try, but I could never get a feel for it or generate any power and I felt it was harder to transition at the net with 2HBH vs 1HBH. If I had to start over, I'd probably save myself some pain and learn a 2HBH. It might not look as pretty, but in terms of effectiveness on the return, I think it's the best option.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
I don't care what people say - anyone under about 35 with a 1HBH was at least partially influenced by how good Federer made it look. They may have preferred Wawrinka or Henin or Gasquet's shot, but Federer would have been in the mix somewhere too. The shot was essentially dead until he came along.

I would also say that 100% of Federer fans under 35 with a 2HBH have tried to hit a 1HBH at some stage and given up. They may not admit it though.

There's nobody over 35 on this forum so their perspective is probably moot.
Um, just... no. Guga? Sampras? Blake? Wawrinka? Kohlschreiber? Haas? Lots and lots of people with pretty one-handers around throughout Fed's career and immediately preceding. You could toss Dimitrov in there. What about Youzhny? I'm sure I'm forgetting several people in this list.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
I have a one-handed backhand. But that's from playing racquetball for 30 years. I am strong at racquetball, but bad at tennis. The object of racquetball is to hit the ball as close to the ground as possible with a whip-like snap of the wrist. This works terribly for tennis.
 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
Um, just... no. Guga? Sampras? Blake? Wawrinka? Kohlschreiber? Haas? Lots and lots of people with pretty one-handers around throughout Fed's career and immediately preceding. You could toss Dimitrov in there. What about Youzhny? I'm sure I'm forgetting several people in this list.
I never said there weren't other players with great one-handers around, but before Federer they were dying out. Federer rekindled interest, and simultaneously became the gold standard.

I reckon anyone who was working on developing or refining a OHBH from about 2004 onwards was influenced by him at least partially. He was the example that every pro used when teaching.
 

Ray Mercer

Hall of Fame
I play with a very average two hander although I’m considering putting the time into transitioning to the one hander. It just sucks having to accept poor results and losses for a couple seasons to fully transition. Like others I can crush the odd one beautifully when messing around but the consistency just isnt there. In order to transition you have to accept players picking on your backhand to win cheap points while you learn.
 

Jonny_

New User
I tried using a 2 hander when I was 11 or 12 before a new coach sorted out my 1 hander. I can hit one, but the whole motion feels unnatural to me.
 

PrinceMoron

Legend
Played table tennis before tennis so 1hbh seemed natural.

can’t hit a double handed backhand so admire anyone who can, which is strange as an effortless one-handed always gets praise from opponents
 
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