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Offline pHEnomIC

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Should I try a one handed backhand?
« on: July 19, 2006, 10:43:26 PM »
Played 4 years varsity high school tennis and want to continue playing rec leagues at college.  

I recently injured my left wrist very bad and took some time off.  I finished a month of physical therapy for the bad strain i had and it still hurts when i hit my backhand.

Would it be beneficial for me to learn the one handed backhand?   This could get the stress off of my hand and really help me out at least till my wrist heals.  I use a semiwestern for forehand and 2 handed backhand.  

Any tips you can give me for starting out, i don't really know the form or anything.  When i try it about half of the time, i can hit it really good with some serious spin and power, but often times i am hitting it downward or high upward.  What type of grip should I use and anything else to keep in mind?  

Is it too late to learn this?

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 10:58:47 PM »
At the very least it will give you a chance to develop a slice backhand. That would still be beneficial when your left hand heals and you can hit your 2 hander again

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 11:15:20 PM »
NO, I injured my right wrist (I'm a lefty) and a doublehanded backhand didn't affect it much. You'll get used to it. It'll go away.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 05:14:15 AM »
im very interested in the area of physiotherapy [hense wanting to be one].. do you have any idea what caused it?? usualy tendonitis and wrist strains are on you natural dominant side [from what i know your right] because of the backhand...
its worth a try using 1 handed backhands but i agree with dmastous.. try to get a slice going :)
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2006, 05:23:27 AM »
Actually there is no guarantee that it will go away.  

But the one handed is never a bad route.  I believe it is a tougher shot to learn and it takes time to develop a shot like the one hander as well.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006, 10:42:37 AM »
I had a slip and fall, the injury was not tennis related.   Was running down some stairs and slipped and fell at the bottom because we had a cleaning lady that had mopped and i didn't know.   The thing is the floor was dry but was still slippery from too much pinesol.  I braced my fall with my wrist and tweaked it.   Had about 5 x-rays take on 2 dates that showed no breakage.   It is still giving me trouble though.

So is the form of the 1 handed backhand the same as the backhand slice?   I did work on that shot with my pro in the past, and how exactly to really knife the ball.

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006, 10:55:41 AM »
I would just stick with a slice for now, and then hopefully your wrist will completely recover.  I think a one-handed backhand can really screw things up.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006, 11:18:58 AM »
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I would just stick with a slice for now, and then hopefully your wrist will completely recover.  I think a one-handed backhand can really screw things up.


yeah... u don't want to make such a big change in your game at such a crucial point in your tennis career.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 11:25:51 AM »
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I would just stick with a slice for now, and then hopefully your wrist will completely recover.  I think a one-handed backhand can really screw things up.


yeah... u don't want to make such a big change in your game at such a crucial point in your tennis career.


I agree it is a tough change but I also think it can be done if you are dedicated to it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 12:19:31 PM »
I am actually developing a 1-hand backhand now after using 2-handed exclusively for years!  It is not super reliable yet b/c I can't vary the topspin and angles well enough.  For me it has kind of developed naturally over the years of playing and with the feel of the racquet facets.  I think it would be really hard to change to the 1-hander after 3-5 years of playing a 2-handed BH, but I suppose if you did in lessons or drills it would come more quickly.

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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 12:23:44 PM »
Go for it!  I hit a 2 hander (but 1 for a slice) and I wish I had never put that 2nd hand on it to begin with.  I have tried switching to no avail.  Every time I get in a clutch situation, I go back to the 2 hander.  No confidence.  I do have a sweet 2 handed caveman volley tho don't I Jeffro?   :))
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2006, 01:35:21 PM »
What are the pros and cons of a single handed backhand, i really don't know much about it.  Rarely do i see anyone do it in person, only on tv.

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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2006, 01:36:51 PM »
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What are the pros and cons of a single handed backhand, i really don't know much about it.  Rarely do i see anyone do it in person, only on tv.


And you don't even get to see very many of the pros do it on TV either.
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2006, 01:39:53 PM »
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What are the pros and cons of a single handed backhand, i really don't know much about it.  Rarely do i see anyone do it in person, only on tv.

I guess the pro is that ur backhand volley becomes more natural... but the con is that u lose a lot of power and control IMO.
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2006, 02:55:36 PM »
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What are the pros and cons of a single handed backhand, i really don't know much about it.  Rarely do i see anyone do it in person, only on tv.

I guess the pro is that ur backhand volley becomes more natural... but the con is that u lose a lot of power and control IMO.


Tell that to Jeffro as he spanks winners with his backhand all the time.  :)
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2006, 03:25:02 PM »
My doubles partner this year had a one-handed backhand, I guess maybe its easier to put more pace on balls when your stretched out.

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2006, 03:28:42 PM »
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My doubles partner this year had a one-handed backhand, I guess maybe its easier to put more pace on balls when your stretched out.


well, it's not difficult to go one-handed when you're stretched out. I remember my first one-handed backhand that happened when I was stretched out... my body just did it without thinking... It's good to master when you're stretched out, but to make it your dominating choice is very difficult.
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2006, 10:13:02 PM »
I hit 2 handed for the first 10 years I played tennis, then switched in my early 20's and have hit a 1 handed backhand ever since.  As with most choices, Ive found that there are tradeoffs.  I feel like I have more range with the 1 hander (important for a short fat guy like me).  I also feel like I get more power as I can generate more racquet head speed with the 1 hander.  I'm much better at hitting on the run with the 1 hander.  The slice and volley are easier and more natural using 1 hand (I could never hit a 2 handed volley anyway).

The biggest drawback has been shot preparation.  I had a shorter backswing and a more compact stroke when using the 2 hander, which allowed me to take balls on the rise better, especially on the return of serve.   My returns were much better using 2 hands.  I also feel like I have slightly less control with the 1 hander, not quite as accurate, but not by much.  I have a hard time hitting inside-out off the 1 handed backhand.  If the ball stays down or bounces waist high, I can kill it with the 1 hander, but I have a harder time dealing with balls that bounce higher to my 1 handed backhand.  

Just remember that if you do switch, don't expect to have a Henin-Hardenne backhand righ away, it takes a while to get used to positioning yourself to hit it.
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2006, 02:46:15 PM »
The biggest difference between the 1 handed and 2 handed backhand is the shoulder turn. With a 2 hander you are turning your shoulders into the shot, like a forehand. With a 1 handed backhand you turn you shoulders away (with your back to your opponent) and then keep the back shoulder back as a base to generate pace. That was, for me, the biggest adjustment I had to make when I made the switch (for the 8th time) to the 1 handed backhand. Another significant difference is the contact point. You can get away with letting ball get more into you with a slice, but when you are trying to hit with topsin it's very important to make contact about a shoulder's width in front of your front side.
Other than that, hitting a topspin 1 hander is very much like throwing a frizzbe. Your arm will follow the same path.

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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2006, 02:37:17 PM »
It took me 2 years to completely switched from a 2 handed backhand to a 1 hander.
You can do so much more with a 1 hander. The only thing missing from my bh is the
power I used to have while using a 2 hander. Other than that, it's pretty much the same.\
But it's more fun using one hand. You'll look flashier, even when you missed  :whistle:
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