The "natural" tennis racket

Was looking around for reels of string when I spotted this racket. I thought it was a joke at first and was wondering has ever tried one if not, maybe even seen one. It's a racket with two handles and is supposably designed to enhance on-court performance and provide a healthy alternative for those suffering from arm, elbow and wrist discomfort. Heres somes pics.




 

Funbun

Professional
Yeah. There were some doubles dudes at the BNP Paribas Open using this. Weird volleyball serve, too.

Looks viable, if not gimmicky. It'll probably work best for doubles, since you don't need to run as much as you need for singles. I simply can't imagine going for a wide ball with this racquet.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
How in the world do you serve with this thing?
http://naturaltennis.com/learn/

Learn to Play

Getting Started with The Natural Two Handled Racket
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Serve Introduction
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Right Handed Serve Demonstration
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Left Handed Serve Demonstration
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How to hit a forehand and backhand
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How to hit a volley
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How to hit the two-handed slice
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How to hit the flip shot
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Doubles Drill 1: Extreme Quick Volleys
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HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzNr90XZ05A
In this video you can see how this use it and one of them has a very odd "volleyball" serve as well
heres another one where you can see his serve better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQYOW1DlydU&feature=related

I would fall on my face trying that volleyball jump serve. I guess go with what works. Looks like these guys play well with this racquet. I have a hard enough time playing with a racquet with one handle. :)
 

sabala

Semi-Pro
I hit with the inventor of the racket about a month ago for a few hours straight...pretty impressive for a 77 year old!

Anyway, he feels since tennis players develop only one side of the body they are more prone to injuries. So if a player was ambidextrous, both sides of the body would develop evenly and reduce the risk of injury. So that is why he came up with the idea for a 2 handled racket - an ambidextrous playing racket, (off groundies anyway). It goes into more detail on the website.

I didn't hit with that racket but I did take some shadow swings. I was expecting the balance and weight to be all crazy but it felt surprisingly normal. I'm sure since the weight is in the handle you don't really notice much difference.

For some of reason I'm reminded of this odd racket I saw some guy hit with around 1990...a Snauwert (Sp?) I think . After the handle, the racket bent down at like a 45 degree angle. Supposed to be an automatic "gets the racket below the ball" deal...I guess.

Then of course while working in a tennis club, I hit with a guy once that used TWO rackets at once. One in the left hand - one in the right. He didn't toss the ball for serve with his hand, he scooped the ball between the 2 racket heads to toss it up for the serve. :shock:

So yeah, maybe there's stranger things out there than a 2 handled racket.
 

whomad15

Semi-Pro
Then of course while working in a tennis club, I hit with a guy once that used TWO rackets at once. One in the left hand - one in the right. He didn't toss the ball for serve with his hand, he scooped the ball between the 2 racket heads to toss it up for the serve. :shock:
Isn't it illegal to use more than one racquet in a point?
 

NLBwell

Legend
For some of reason I'm reminded of this odd racket I saw some guy hit with around 1990...a Snauwert (Sp?) I think . After the handle, the racket bent down at like a 45 degree angle. Supposed to be an automatic "gets the racket below the ball" deal...I guess.
The Ergonom, I believe.
 

exo3

New User
Well I don't see what is so strange about it.

Isn't having holes in the frame to make a larger sweetspot strange?

Isn't dimpling the frame for better swing speed strange?

Isn't having the throat of the raqcuet in the shape of a triangle strange?

Well yes they all are but they have proven succesful.

Has anybody tried natural tennis I am curious to find their opinion:)
 
Unlike a lot of other technologies...you have to drastically change your swing to get used to this racquet. It's difficult (and fun) to hit with, but if your considering using this as your main stick be aware of some change you'll have to make to your game.
 

Frank Silbermann

Professional
What the???
So do we have to use 2 hand forehands on this thing?
The two pros -- the Battistone brothers -- who use it mostly hit double-handed shots. I bought it so I can use two forehands without suffering from radically different swing weights (one long grip, one grip choked up). I suppose it is possible to hit backhands with this racket (the Battistone brothers do hit one-handed backhand volleys), but I have not worked on backhands yet. Due to the angle of the handle I made lots of mis-hits getting used to hitting forehands, and when I tried to hit one-handed backhands the mis-hits threatened to aggravate my tennis elbow -- so I stopped that for a while.
 

Frank Silbermann

Professional
Unlike a lot of other technologies...you have to drastically change your swing to get used to this racquet. It's difficult (and fun) to hit with, but if your considering using this as your main stick be aware of some change you'll have to make to your game.
If find that learning to use this racket is almost as difficult as changing one's forehand grip. Except when you change your grip and react instinctively the ball goes too high or too low; if that happens while you're adjusting to this racket the ball goes too much down-the-line/inside-out. But I think it's easier to give yourself extra right/left margin for error than extra up/down margin.

The other challenge is to develop the instinct to rotate the racket 180 degrees after every serve, and both before and after every overhead. (If you turn your racket before hitting your overhead you get lots of leverage on the ball, but if you forget to do this, the ball sails over the fence.)
 
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