Is it advisable to have two backhand drives?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Golden Retriever, May 23, 2004.

  1. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2004
    Like everybody I use a doublehanded backhand drive and a singlehanded backhand slice. I can't help but wonder if I should incorporate a singlehanded backhand drive in my repertoire just to catch my opponents by surprise. I could mix up my defensive slice with a sneaky topspin attack that will surely drive my opponents crazy. How come no pros are doing that? Would the possible loss in consistency outweigh the benefit? Would having too many shots actually hurt ones game?
  2. AAUS

    AAUS Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    some pros do use both backhands, just cant remember any names right now cause theyre not top tenners but there are players in the top 100 who hit both one and two handers
  3. predrag

    predrag Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Definitely not.

    Two handed and one handed drive are not similar strokes.
    Footwork is different, contact point is different, stroke itself is different.
    This means that decision to hit one or the other would have to be made extremely early. This means you will have too little time to actually execute your stroke.
    I believe that it would be better for you to use any extra time to set up better and drive the ball harder, if you can.
    Additional thing is that practicing two strokes will lead to inconsistencies in your game.

    Regards, Predrag
  4. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2004
    Thanks for the replies. I was not talking about mixing up my 2handed BH with a 1handed BH. I was thinking more in the line of mixing up my 1handed slice with a 1handed BH drive. I think they are quite similar in terms of footwork etc.
  5. Cypo

    Cypo Rookie

    Feb 11, 2004
    I think the one-handed drive would be used in the same situations as the two handed drive and not as a change-up on a defensive slice. The two handed drive is the better choice though because it has more power and is easier to place. You can use the two handed defensively too though and the slice offensively.
  6. chadw01

    chadw01 New User

    May 12, 2004
    You need better footwork for a two-hander as opposed to a one.. I would keep your one-handed slice and refine it rather than trying to hit drives with one or two hands.

    Better to mix up the spins on your opponent than to simply try to blast away with passing shots.

    Chipping and charging for a right hander with the one handed backhand slice from the AD side on a weak serve can be very effective.

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