Tips for switching to 2HBH

I have a very decent, one could say very good one handed backhand but my elbow just cannot take 1HBH any more (I am in my late 40s).

I naturally feel like I should be hitting a 2HBH in order to relieve tension on my arm/elbow.

I know how to hit 2HBH in ball feeding practice, I actually hit it quite decently, but I did not transition to it yet in a serious rally or a match play.

When I hit 2HBH, I fear that I will overhit/mishit being used to my well-controlled 1HBH, but what actually happens is that I hit a nice, high above the net, flat 2HBH. It feels like I am hitting it a bit higher than my 1HBH.

However, I still feel unsure about hitting 2HBH consistently. I can tell I could get all kinds of benefits and play longevity from it, but I am bit tentative about it.

Hence my question here

Have any of you successfully transitioned from a good 1HBH to good 2HBH and do you have useful tips and advices to share?

Thanks in advance.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
Don’t do it. Chicks dig the 1HBH!

Just play with soft strings. If you like poly, hybrid them with a soft strong and make sure you cut them out within 15-20 hours as soon as you feel any elbow discomfort. Spending a bit more on strings is better than changing your BH at your age.
 
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BenC

Professional
I don't know about "successful," but I switched to a 2HBH a year ago due to elbow issues (and general curiosity).

Main hurdles:
1) Contact point is further back with a 2HBH than the one hander. Easy to remember in practice but in matches I find myself fighting instinct and muscle memory telling me to hit the ball too early for a 2HBH.
2) Footwork, particularly open stance and running backhands. I miss the flexibility of the 1HBH in those situations.
 

Stratotanker

Semi-Pro
I'm in the process of going from 2HBH to 1HBH, myself. My feeling is that your dominant elbow shouldn't really be doing too much in the 1HBH...is there some hinging at the elbow happening? My shoulder/delt needed some work, but my elbow seems to be largely uninvolved on the 1HBH. Do you get that pain on the slice, or only on topspin drives?

If you're serious about switching, I find some extra swingweight and/or a less HL balance helps with my 2HBH, especially with timing and feel at contact.
 
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@TennisProdigy should be able to help out, he has a nadal level backhand after just 20 minutes of hitting against the wall.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
2) Footwork, particularly open stance and running backhands. I miss the flexibility of the 1HBH in those situations.

Many of us 2 Handers hit a 1 handed slice in that situation. Especially if the ball incoming in low.
Nothing about the 2 Hander means you have to hit every BH with 2 Hands.
 

ZanderGoga

Semi-Pro
Just start slicing everything. That's what every high-level, aching, aging player on the planet has done for centuries. You watch international championship level play in the 60's and beyond, and you'll see a topspin backhand about as often as you see a lunar eclipse.
 

eah123

Professional
I transitioned from 1hbh to 2hbh. It took me about 2.5 years to feel like it was strong enough to hit some top spin winners as well as consistent rally balls.

Hardest part I think is training your non-dominant arm. Start with thinking of the strokes as just like a normal 1HBH with the non-dominant arm as "support". Over time the non-dominant arm can play a bigger role in the swing. I still think of the dominant arm as the one that produces "spin" with low-to-high, while my non-dominant arm is the one the produces "drive".

Another suggestion is to wear a brace on the non-dominant wrist to prevent injury. I use the WristWidget kind now because I like how light-weight it is, but I used use the neoprene kind like the one Babolat makes. Your non-dominant wrist is much more prone to injury because the muscles that support it are weaker.
 
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vex

Legend
I have a very decent, one could say very good one handed backhand but my elbow just cannot take 1HBH any more (I am in my late 40s).

I naturally feel like I should be hitting a 2HBH in order to relieve tension on my arm/elbow.

I know how to hit 2HBH in ball feeding practice, I actually hit it quite decently, but I did not transition to it yet in a serious rally or a match play.

When I hit 2HBH, I fear that I will overhit/mishit being used to my well-controlled 1HBH, but what actually happens is that I hit a nice, high above the net, flat 2HBH. It feels like I am hitting it a bit higher than my 1HBH.

However, I still feel unsure about hitting 2HBH consistently. I can tell I could get all kinds of benefits and play longevity from it, but I am bit tentative about it.

Hence my question here

Have any of you successfully transitioned from a good 1HBH to good 2HBH and do you have useful tips and advices to share?

Thanks in advance.
Two thoughts:

1) I made the switch despite a competent 1HBH. I’d never go back. The 2H is just so accurate, it’s much easier to hit when youre rushed/on the run. Simply superior for returns. Still has plenty of power. Would never go back.

2) I’m doubtful that switching will fix your elbow problem. Having dealt with brutal TE in the past I strongly encourage you to take month-ish break, let your tendons heal, and buy a racket with a lower RA (flex) than you’re using now. YMMV but I’ve found TE to be directly correlated to racket stiffness. If you’re using a Babolat, bench it! Check out some of the rackets with RA in the 50s. RA is a much bigger factor than string tension or hitting a 1HBH
 

BenC

Professional
1) I made the switch despite a competent 1HBH. I’d never go back. The 2H is just so accurate, it’s much easier to hit when youre rushed/on the run. Simply superior for returns. Still has plenty of power. Would never go back.
Oh, plenty of upsides to the 2 hander. Love being able to just grip and rip on shoulder height balls. My BH lob with 2 hands is also a big step up. And I like the feeling of doing something with my non-dominant hand, almost feels like it's tickling a part of my brain that wasn't used before.

2) I’m doubtful that switching will fix your elbow problem. Having dealt with brutal TE in the past I strongly encourage you to take month-ish break, let your tendons heal, and buy a racket with a lower RA (flex) than you’re using now. YMMV but I’ve found TE to be directly correlated to racket stiffness. If you’re using a Babolat, bench it! Check out some of the rackets with RA in the 50s. RA is a much bigger factor than string tension or hitting a 1HBH
Strings, too.

Here is the solution (amazing, actually:

yay, he can get tennis elbow in both arms. :laughing:
 
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maleyoyo

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I have a very decent, one could say very good one handed backhand but my elbow just cannot take 1HBH any more (I am in my late 40s).

I naturally feel like I should be hitting a 2HBH in order to relieve tension on my arm/elbow.

I know how to hit 2HBH in ball feeding practice, I actually hit it quite decently, but I did not transition to it yet in a serious rally or a match play.

When I hit 2HBH, I fear that I will overhit/mishit being used to my well-controlled 1HBH, but what actually happens is that I hit a nice, high above the net, flat 2HBH. It feels like I am hitting it a bit higher than my 1HBH.

However, I still feel unsure about hitting 2HBH consistently. I can tell I could get all kinds of benefits and play longevity from it, but I am bit tentative about it.

Hence my question here

Have any of you successfully transitioned from a good 1HBH to good 2HBH and do you have useful tips and advices to share?

Thanks in advance.
I did it because of the same issue and glad that I did. The 2 only important tips are to learn with proper technique and don't run around your 2HBH for 2 years. You will be amazed with its stability, power, and accuracy as the term "weaker wing" no longer exists.
 
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