Why not two forehands?

jkhtennis

New User
Recently I have been practicing my left hand a lot to help my two-handed backhand. The more I am getting used to hitting left-hand forehand, the more I can't help wondering why I don't see any players to hit two forehands. Left hand forehand is more natural than two-handed backhand and it has a better reach. Why not use two forehands (left hand forehand and backhand forehand)? Any comments?
 

nickybol

Semi-Pro
Because people naturally have a preference for one hand. Switching isn`t natural. Maybe that are some reasons.
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
You're not allowed to play with two racquets (one in each hand) so you'll have to switch hands that hold the racquet. The switching may be a bit cumbersome - especially if you don't have much time to set up for your shot. I think that's the main reason (in addition to some people just plain being spastic with their off hand.)

But, if you've been practicing and it works for you - why not try it for a few months. What have you got to lose?
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
Yes switching hands while sliding your hand down the grip is the tricky part. If you can get used to doing that, then go for it. I hit left-handed forehand when stretched out on service returns since I start with both hands on the racquet and can reach out with the left when opponents go out wide on the ad court or up the T on the duece. My returns are slow but consistent and better than being aced.
 
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SageOfDeath

Guest
What do you do when you have to return a serve, you have little time as is, imo, so switching hands would be hard. I tried a left handed forehand and its actually not natural for me, I prefer just sticking with a 1hb
 
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snoflewis

Guest
jkhtennis said:
Recently I have been practicing my left hand a lot to help my two-handed backhand. The more I am getting used to hitting left-hand forehand, the more I can't help wondering why I don't see any players to hit two forehands. Left hand forehand is more natural than two-handed backhand and it has a better reach. Why not use two forehands (left hand forehand and backhand forehand)? Any comments?

why doesnt nadal have two forehands? he's righthanded taught to paly left.... he's solid proof that two forehands dont work.
 

TennsDog

Hall of Fame
When I got a bad case of TE, I switched to practicing full time lefty. It was very awkward and uncomfortable, not to mention lacked very good results. It would most likely have to be taught from the beginning when having a racket in the left hand (or nondominant) is just as unnatural to the player as in the right (dominant) hand. Once one learns to hit with one forehand and one backhand, that becomes natural and is has hard to break as a bad habit. However, I did hear the commentaters on TV one time mention a player who had two forehands because when she was learning her father forced her to play with both hands and so both left and right hands were virtually the same in effectiveness for groundstrokes. For people who have played, though, switching, coordination, and conditioning the nondominant hand is very difficult and not convenient. It should, however, be easier for people with a twohanded backhand, as the twohanded backhand is mostly controlled by the nondominant hand.
 

bkc

New User
I've been playing two forehands for the last couple months and really have fun with it. This stuff about not being able to switch grips is speculation. That's no problem. I just keep two eastern forehand grips and let go of one. This leaves me choked up a little on the left side, but your reach is still increased and letting the racket slide down a little is easy to do.

I was using a 2 HBH but with the left forehand I can now easily stand open and the swing is more foreward instead of circular.

I'm working on my serve too.

But the key to this is knowing what makes your dominant forehand work, because it will teach your second forehand what to do. Go running with a racket in you hand and pretend like you're hitting balls as you run. Switch hands each time you take a swing. I did this one day for some reason and it opened a door.

When you get on the court with two forehands it really makes people nervous. They don't like it. You're not supposed to do that.
 
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