How many females under 25 years of age have a 1HBH in the top 1000?

megamind

Professional
Teaching only a two-handed backhand has got to be one of the biggest failures in tennis. I understand that there are strengths and weaknesses with both, but basically eliminating 50% of the options for whole generations seems like a huge error.

Yea i never understood why not keep both in ur arsenal

Had to teach the 1 hander myself, because coaches thought it were better i focus on the 2 hander

I use the 2 hander about 80 pct of the time and 1 hander the rest
 

StANDAA

Legend
Can only think of one in atp - shapo , so it’s more or less the same on both sides of the fence
you don’t know Tsitsipas?

and these two are in the top 20, I imagine there are more young guys in the top 1000 with a one hander

those two girls that have been named in this thread are basically nobodies
 

topher

Semi-Pro
Even looking at over 25, hard to find:

Carla Suárez Navarro, #46
Tatjana Maria , #85
Conny Perrin, #192
Mayo Hibi, #211

If you go all the way up to 1000 ranking, you might find a dozen, probably less.
 

StANDAA

Legend
Carla Suárez Navarro, #46
Tatjana Maria , #85
Conny Perrin, #192
Mayo Hibi, #211

If you go all the way up to 1000 ranking, you might find a dozen.
Mayo Hibi has already been named and the other 3 are well above 25.

how did you find it though?
 

megamind

Professional
you don’t know Tsitsipas?

and these two are in the top 20, I imagine there are more young guys in the top 1000 with a one hander

those two girls that have been named in this thread are basically nobodies

With his abysmal US Open series, I forgot about him lol
 

StANDAA

Legend
wow, so I guess there are more of those in top 1000 than I thought.

it’s not surprising actually

top 1000 is a big enough number to not have at least 10 one handed backhands..
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Teaching only a two-handed backhand has got to be one of the biggest failures in tennis. I understand that there are strengths and weaknesses with both, but basically eliminating 50% of the options for whole generations seems like a huge error.
How do you teach a 5 year-old girl a 1HBH? Is she supposed to use a 5-gram racket?

Maybe a 5 year-old female godzilla, but not a human.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Most 1hbh players learn it when they’re older

That’s ok

They still learn it though
And re-learning a basic shot wastes a lot of time and is reliant on luck that the new shot will be as good or better. There is no guarantee when you start a new shot from scratch so late.
 

zipplock

Rookie
How do you teach a 5 year-old girl a 1HBH? Is she supposed to use a 5-gram racket?

Maybe a 5 year-old female godzilla, but not a human.
Of course not, don't be ridiculous. However, when a kid is strong enough, they don't introduce the OHBH. Most you'll see is the chip/slice 2 hander that morphs into a 1 hander. They are basically saying "its not worth even trying to teach it since you started with a 2 hander". That's close minded. At the very least, introducing the OHBH when appropriate would strengthen that chip/slice game.
 

StANDAA

Legend
How do you teach a 5 year-old girl a 1HBH? Is she supposed to use a 5-gram racket?

Maybe a 5 year-old female godzilla, but not a human.
I don’t get this

you don’t need strenght for a one-hander like everyone thinks

you play your FH with a one hand too so why should the backhand side be different?

in fact, you can get a bigger maximum speed with a one hander than a two hander
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
I don’t get this

you don’t need strenght for a one-hander like everyone thinks

you play your FH with a one hand too so why should the backhand side be different?

in fact, you can get a bigger maximum speed with a one hander than a two hander
Agree you can hit harder with one hand. That's about degrees of freedom.

It takes a lot of strength to control a one handed backhand well though. You need a strong wrist and underarm especially if you don't have much time.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
I don’t get this

you don’t need strenght for a one-hander like everyone thinks

you play your FH with a one hand too so why should the backhand side be different?

in fact, you can get a bigger maximum speed with a one hander than a two hander
Yeah, the kiddie junior world is awash with 1HBHers because it's so easy for a child to swing with a racket in the BH side...

There's a reason 1HBH is becoming rare among men and even more rare among women. It has all to do with strength. Pros don't start tennis at the age of 15, way too late. Kids find it easier to play with two hands on the BH side, for obvious reasons related to laws of physics such as gravity.
 
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