two handled racquet

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by firstserve, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. firstserve

    firstserve Rookie

    Jun 26, 2009
    San Diego
    I have just heard about the Battistone brothers and their two handled rackets. It is clear that they both have great talent but could someone explain to me the advantage of having this type of racket. They say it allows them to use both hands but I still don't understand what this entails.
  2. Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas Rookie

    Jun 22, 2009
    A two-handled racquet? WTF? :shock:
  3. soyizgood

    soyizgood G.O.A.T.

    Dec 30, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Supposed to reduce injury and stress on the main arm and wrist. Also to make it easier to hit the same way off both wings. I don't know how it benefits you when it comes to serving though.
  4. Infl8edEg0

    Infl8edEg0 Professional

    Jan 12, 2007
    812's called like Natural Tennis or something. It really is kinda odd.
  5. Il Mostro

    Il Mostro Banned

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sunny SoCal
    The Battistone brothers play down here at West End. They *will* kick your ass up one side of the court and down the other with that two-handed racquet. Not my thing, though.
  6. soyizgood

    soyizgood G.O.A.T.

    Dec 30, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've played at West End a few times. Nice facility, I'll say.
  7. VS_Power

    VS_Power Rookie

    Jul 17, 2007
    From their site (

    1) HEALTH

    The most common injuries in sports result from overuse of the body through imbalanced repetition. Tennis players often suffer ailments by continued use of only one side of the body.

    The Natural Power-Grip racket provides a completely balanced approach by being able to hit any shot from either side of the body.

    The racket also reduces stress on the wrist and elbow due to the ergonomic angle of the handles. The elbow, wrist and hand remain in a straighter, more natural position during contact with the ball.

    2) POWER

    The Natural Power-Grip racket creates more power with less effort.

    A simple example in physics demonstrates this point.

    Imagine trying to move a car out of a ditch.

    If you were pulling it, you would pull from the front of the vehicle.

    Conversely, if you were pushing it, you would be most successful doing so from behind.

    There would be no benefit in trying to do either by standing alongside the car.

    The modern tennis stroke is a combination of the push-pull concept. Optimal leverage is created by pulling with the front handle and pushing with the back.

    Leverage is even created on a one-handed shot since the hand is behind the ball at impact, much like the position of the hand in relation to a hammer head at the point of contact.

    3) REACH

    In recent years the game of tennis has changed dramatically with the evolution of open-stance ground strokes and volleys.

    Gone are the days when players are taught to cross over and step into the ball on every shot. There is simply not enough time to recover and get back for the next ball.

    The Natural Power-Grip takes this evolution one step further by allowing a few extra inches of reach on two-handed shots. This is due to the placement of hands beside (rather than on top of) one another.

    The racket also offers the unprecedented advantage of hitting a forehand with both hands (in place of a defensive backhand slice) without having to switch the racket awkwardly between hands.


    When the Natural Power-Grip is placed on the court lengthwise, racket head up, it is able to stand on its own because of the dual handles. Two grips create inherent stability and counterbalance for off-centered hits.

    With both hands on the racket it is easier to block back fast serves with minimum backswing.


    Part of what makes a tennis player great is the ability to play shots difficult for the opponent to anticipate.

    Successful two-handed pro players such as Monica Seles and Fabrice Santoro have been able to effectively disguise shots and place them away from their opponents.

    Due to the favorable position at which the racquet contacts the ball, the Natural Power-Grip creates added spins and angles.

    6) VARIETY

    With the Natural Power-Grip a player can hit the same shots as with a conventional racketplus a number of additional shots, with either one hand or two. The racket allows a player to build on skills already possessed and to select the shots most suited to his or her game.

    7) NATURAL

    Young players and beginners are often taught two-handed strokes on both sides until they gain strength and confidence. The Natural Power-Grip facilitates two-handed shots on both sides, as well as the transition to one-handed shots, thus allowing both types of shots to be used. With two hands on the racket, a player learns proper technique by turning the shoulders in preparation for a shot. The racket not only provides a suitable handle for both hands, but simplifies grip changes.

    We are often asked why a player would use a racket with two handles.

    Given the reasons stated.....Is there any advantage to using something else?
  8. KuanMaster

    KuanMaster Semi-Pro

    Apr 27, 2009
    i don't want to be seen with that THING
  9. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    I have been using that racket for a little over a week. It takes a while to get used to it, due to the angle between the grip and the staff.

    The two grips do increase stability against off-center hits, but not for the reason stated above. With a conventional racket, the axis of rotation (on an off-center hit) is right along the middle of the staff. The only resistance against this rotation that you can apply is friction between leather and skin. When the grip is not along the same line as the staff, the racket _cannot_ spin in your hand -- an off-center hit must move the entire racket up or down. This gives you a bit of leverage against off-center hits. That's an advantage for those of us with poor hand-eye coordination (who have trouble hitting the sweetspot).

    A second advantage is on serves and overheads.

    With a conventional racket you have to use a continental grip with forearm pronation to have any sort of leverage over the ball when the racket head is extended as high as possible. This requires expert timing (and therefore a very consistent toss) -- if you contact the ball too early in the service motion (i.e. if you start your swing too late) a right-hander's string bed will face up and to the left; if you contact the ball too late in the service motion (if you start your swing too early) a right-hander's string bed will face down and to the right. That's why low-level players can only get their second serves in with a western grip and a soft pop-it-up motion. A good player will knock every one of them away for a winner, but at least they can keep the string bed pointing in a single direction as it approaches and hits the ball.

    Serving with this double-handled racket using the recommended forward handle, you can raise the racket head as high as you can while holding the racket in an EASTERN grip -- and you will still have good leverage for applying power, with pronation neither necessary nor desired. That's why Brian Battistone is able to throw the ball way up, jump way up, and still make good contact -- he doesn't have to worrying about timing the pronation rapidly changing the direction of the racket face. That's also a benefit for those of us who just aren't very talented.

    The third benefit, of course, is for those of us with two forehands -- we can switch the racket from hand to hand quickly without having to choke up with one hand or the other.

    I understand there is a champion in the American over-45s, Jim Martineau, who uses this racket with one of the handles sawed off. I suppose that he is not ambidextrous and does this for the sake of the first two benefits.

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