Is less stiffer frame racket better for 1 handed-backhand???

DNA

New User
can anyone help me answer this question? Is it all base on personal preference and your style of playing??? Appreciate for replies :D
 

bagung

Hall of Fame
i actually play better with flexible frame on my back-hand.
but my coach did well on any frames,but he prefers stiffer frame, so i guess it is more personal preference .......
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Actually, a more flexible racquet works better for my 1HBH, whereas, a stiffer racquet works better for my forehand. That's why I wish my racquet had a button that I could push which changes the racquet's flex as I switch between my forehand and backhand grips. ;)
 

rooski

Professional
It also has a lot to do with how head light (or not) the racket is. I have always gravitated toward the Pro Staff line of rackets because I simply hit better cross court 1HBH's with very headlight (but overall heavy) rackets. The Prestige line and other player rackets with ~6 pt HL balance always bugs me on the cross court shots. I can hit them down the line great with these frames but they always feel somewhat awkward on cross court topspin shots. Probably just me.
 

counterpuncher

Hall of Fame
For me a slightly head light frame with mid flex (low-mid 60's) and an agreeable grip shape seems to work best (Wilson or Yonex and to a lesser extent Babolat, Dunlop, Fischer, Prince but not Volkl, Head, Slaz, TF).

In the last 3 years I have played with 20 or so frames and the ones that work best for me seem to be the Yonex line (MP1, RDX500mp, RDS001mp, RDS002Tour) as well as a tail-weighted Pure Storm. I couldn't hit my 1bh with any confidence when I used the O3 Tour and Catapult 10 which were a little too flexy or a Shark which was too stiff.
 

pow

Hall of Fame
For me, I seem to like more flexible racquets for my one handed backhand. With stiffer racquets I don't feel as confident with the feel and with the extra power, my backhand tends to sail more often.
 

iambt21

Rookie
can anyone help me answer this question? Is it all base on personal preference and your style of playing??? Appreciate for replies :D
Flexible or stiff. it does not matter. Learn the proper strokes and you will be able to control the ball. if you feel a lack of control and do not hit heavy top and underspin than your best/ and cheapest solution is to tighten the strings.

However, One issue that is of issue that i have been thinking about lately is whether or not your racket is headlight or headheavy. I think that onehanders are better off with a head heavy racket and 2 handers with headlight. 2 handers have added stability and a smaller swing zone to create speed. one handers have more room to loop and create speed on the racket and the head heavy racket will drive through the ball.

This is assuming all shots are being hit confidently and without decellerating at point of contact.
 
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BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
However, One issue that is of issue that i have been thinking about lately is whether or not your racket is headlight or headheavy. I think that onehanders are better off with a head heavy racket and 2 handers with headlight. 2 handers have added stability and a smaller swing zone to create speed. one handers have more room to loop and create speed on the racket and the head heavy racket will drive through the ball.
Actually, I think it's the other way around. I would bet most one-handers prefer a headlight racquet as they're easier to whip around and control with one hand, and two-handers can control a head-heavy racquet better with two hands and they also need the higher power of head heavy racquets since they have shorter strokes.
 

grass_hopper

Professional
it's the shape of racquet for my one handed backhand, the round head shape of microgel extreme or bablot PD did not help at all, the oversize racquets would not do either, I love my K95 which is oval and Firm not super stiff.
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
Actually, I think it's the other way around. I would bet most one-handers prefer a headlight racquet as they're easier to whip around and control with one hand, and two-handers can control a head-heavy racquet better with two hands and they also need the higher power of head heavy racquets since they have shorter strokes.
Ditto.......
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
Please, pay attention this time...

Again, the ONLY characteristic about a racquet that can affect a 1 hand backhand is the swingweight. You want to get the racquet going from zero to max swing speed, ASAP. Without the help of the other arm/hand, this is not as easy. Of course, if you're strong or if you're very skilled, having a lower swingweight is not important, either.
 

bad_call

Legend
Actually, I think it's the other way around. I would bet most one-handers prefer a headlight racquet as they're easier to whip around and control with one hand, and two-handers can control a head-heavy racquet better with two hands and they also need the higher power of head heavy racquets since they have shorter strokes.
agreement here. and my 1hbh likes the less stiffer frame...especially liking the flex and string bed of the T10V mid.
 

ps60

Professional
i don't have a strong BH, 1 or 2 H.

but racket choice does have a big impact on the BH. i guess heft is important. whether HL or HH, a good SW can make it easier. Volkl T10G2 is very comfortable on 1H, and T10mid is also easy. AK90 is good. So is my new cheap cheap HH Prince.
 
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Chauvalito

Hall of Fame
Actually, a more flexible racquet works better for my 1HBH, whereas, a stiffer racquet works better for my forehand. That's why I wish my racquet had a button that I could push which changes the racquet's flex as I switch between my forehand and backhand grips. ;)
I have had the same feeling, although opposite of yours.

I prefer flexy on the forehands becasue I can provide my own power from anywhere on the court, but on my backhand (1-handed) I can use some more power...
 

tarkowski

Professional
I'm not sure I fall into the category of wanting different types of sticks for different strokes. I play a 1HBH, but find that the stick I prefer for the other strokes goes just as well for the 1-hander.

I like mid 60's for flex. Not too flexy, not too stiff.

I prefer head-light sticks, but even-balanced works as well. Head-heavy feels a bit cumbersome - but not just on the 1HBH.

I prefer something with a swing weight in the neighborhood of 325-335. I rely on footwork to get me into position, explode after the take-back and and let the racquet do the work on contact. I find lesser swingweights have me wanting to 'hyper-swing' through the entire motion. I can do it, but it doesn't feel natural to me.
 

iambt21

Rookie
Actually, I think it's the other way around. I would bet most one-handers prefer a headlight racquet as they're easier to whip around and control with one hand, and two-handers can control a head-heavy racquet better with two hands and they also need the higher power of head heavy racquets since they have shorter strokes.
not true... have you ever heard of 1/2MV^2 ? if you go read up on this it wil explain my correct reasoning.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
not true... have you ever heard of 1/2MV^2 ? if you go read up on this it wil explain my correct reasoning.
Sorry, but I disagree. I've hit with hundreds of racquets in my 3 decades of playing tennis so I should know better.

I think most people would agree with me that headlight racquets are better for 1HBH's.
 

AngeloDS

Hall of Fame
I prefer a more flexible racquet when it comes to spin =). I feel it produces it more readily--not sure if this is true, but I feel it does.

My racquet is 11pts head light (Wilson ProStaff 6.0 85).
 
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