For those who say One-handed backhand is more natural.

jussumman

Hall of Fame
Nice. Well, what this shows is that for optimal performance a player needs to be able to be versatile enough both ways to adopt in certain situations.
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
There is no inherently "natural" shot for anyone on the backhand side. Even topspin is not "natural" for everyone, look at Rosewall. Some people hit their two handers beautifully, like the Agassis, the Safins, the Nalbandians of the world, others hit their one handers beautifully, like Rodgi, Stanni, and Richi.

It all comes down to the person.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
Neither playing a two-handed backhand, nor playing a one-handed backhand is "natural". Humans do not possess any instinct to play tennis. Tennis is a relatively recent cultural invention, not part of our DNA.
 
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BoxbeamsFTW

Semi-Pro
Nice vid, but all that showed is that a shovel type two hander bh shot is better at redirecting pace with much less backswing. Which is what Gasquet did. Once. And I don't really even consider Gasquet GOAT at the OHBH. He's up there, but not my pick. Technically or otherwise.
There is no inherently "natural" shot for anyone on the backhand side. Even topspin is not "natural" for everyone, look at Rosewall. Some people hit their two handers beautifully, like the Agassis, the Safins, the Nalbandians of the world, others hit their one handers beautifully, like Rodgi, Stanni, and Richi.

It all comes down to the person.
I wish you did not say this.

Because I definitely had a tendency want to hit a BH with one hand. It felt much more natural to me. Also, topspin felt much more natural to me on the BH side than flat. That's how I hit it at the start much of the time. It was loopy and had kick. I even wondered why I didn't see it more at rec level, and pro. Honestly, I don't understand why it can be so hard so some people. Even people who play with a OHBH. Just watch Stan... Performing under match play I can understand, but technically... It's not actually rocket science. :unsure:

Btw, I think some people genuinely have a natural tendency to want to hit a shot with one hand or two, or hit a stroke a certain way. Some people just have that.

But I can also hit a pretty good two-handed bh if I wanted, just need to practice a few minutes first. Also I wouldn't use the same racquet.
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
Disgusting!! Any one hander player that needs to resort to such petty tricks needs to be banned from the sport. Fed would never do that, neither Stan..
 

Fairhit

Professional
Both shots have their own merits and demerits imo. But no topspin backhand is a natural shot.
For me the topspin ohbh is natural, so much that I learned the thbh and switched, then I had to learn to hit flatter as the topspin shot was what I hit always and pretty naturally.
 
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Deleted member 781040

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There is no inherently "natural" shot for anyone on the backhand side. Even topspin is not "natural" for everyone, look at Rosewall. Some people hit their two handers beautifully, like the Agassis, the Safins, the Nalbandians of the world, others hit their one handers beautifully, like Rodgi, Stanni, and Richi.

It all comes down to the person.
Well said
 

cha cha

Professional
I like it how every one hander comes back to two hands when in a tight spot. The junior reflexes kicking in. Then there is Tsonga hitting one handers for no reason.
I'd rather be seen dead than hitting with two hands. Point of pride.
 

deaner2211

Semi-Pro
For me the topspin ohbh is natural, so much that I learned the thbh and switched, then I had to learn to hit flatter as the topspin shot was what I hit always and pretty naturally.
First you say the the topspin ohbh was natural then you say you learned it. Things that are natural are not learned they are instinctive.
 

Raiden

Hall of Fame
Gasquet could have hit that shot with "one hand" too (using his other hand only to "launch" the racquet from the throat with minimal swing)
 

Fairhit

Professional
First you say the the topspin ohbh was natural then you say you learned it. Things that are natural are not learned they are instinctive.
Firstly, I said I learned the 2 hander and switched to the 1 hander, the topspin 1hbh is more natural to me than the flat 1 hander.

You walk right? Is something natural to you? Did you learn how to walk or walked out of the hospital when you were born? That something feels natural doesn't mean you can do it without learning it, for me the 1 hander feels right and is more suited for my body and that's why is natural.
 
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