The purest double handed backhand is....

The purest double handed backhand is....

  • Safin

    Votes: 16 16.8%
  • Agassi

    Votes: 18 18.9%
  • Nalbandian

    Votes: 23 24.2%
  • Djokovic

    Votes: 16 16.8%
  • Nadal

    Votes: 2 2.1%
  • Nishikori

    Votes: 4 4.2%
  • Zverev

    Votes: 6 6.3%
  • Rios

    Votes: 2 2.1%
  • Davydenko

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Murray

    Votes: 8 8.4%

  • Total voters
    95

zill

Hall of Fame
I made a thread about this a few months ago and thought it was Nishikori but after looking at the older players more I have to choose between Safin and Agassi and decided with Safin. Please have a vote.

I know the word 'pure' is a bit subjective but I hope people understand what I mean by the purest double handed backhand.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I have to go with Nalbandian. Classic form extending left arm into the contact zone.

Agassi’s is also clean, but the straight-arm technique is tough to emulate. The only people I’ve played against with really good straight-arm 2hbs are those that started at age 3.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Agassi or Djokovic. Safin and Nalbandian's are more beautiful shots IMO but they have at least something a little unique to them - Safin's is more abbreviated and Nalbandian's is a little more focused on flow and timing. Andre and Novak have the perfect textbook backhand.
Nishikori deserves a mention too, I just think Djokovic hits the same BH better than him.
 
The biomechanical model is pretty much a 3D motion capture of Djokovic. I think he also has the most versatility, his ability to change direction and go down the line is unparalleled IMO.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
How does Murray rank?

I know Kyrgios is definitely not ideal although interesting, but it has inspired mine on short takebacks...Agassi on longer takebacks.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Not if you can hit it pure like a select few.
Guessing you're including yourself in that group, huh? Putting yourself in there maybe?

You posted something snarky like this when I was disagreeing with your post about forehand being more complicated than the serve. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. I don't know.
 

zill

Hall of Fame
Guessing you're including yourself in that group, huh? Putting yourself in there maybe?
Maybe, at the amateur level.


You posted something snarky like this when I was disagreeing with your post about forehand being more complicated than the serve. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. I don't know.
What? I was always of the view the serve is a tad more complicated than the forehand. But always more complicated. The difference between them is not as large as many think. If I had to put a number on it than less than 20% more complicated is the serve over the forehand.
 
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sredna42

Hall of Fame
I have to go with Nalbandian or Safin. Agassi's was great but maybe a little too Muscle-y. Djokovic's lacks a little flare. Nishikori just not enough oomph on it.
The Flawed God Nalbandian had the best, most effective 2HBH ever IMO, but in terms of "pure" or textbook model, Nishikori would be my pick.
 

zill

Hall of Fame
The Flawed God Nalbandian had the best, most effective 2HBH ever IMO, but in terms of "pure" or textbook model, Nishikori would be my pick.
Not popular with the voters unfortunately. But I see what you mean. If Safin had the standard full modern follow through then it would be perfect.
 
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