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Offline BitterBlueBong

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« on: February 14, 2005, 08:41:36 PM »
With the State of Your Tennis Game and Favorite Strokes threads, we read so much about the topspin backhand, the slice backhand, etc. So, do you use a one-handed or two-handed backhand? Has that always been your preference?

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2005, 08:46:26 PM »
I use a one handed backhand for the topspin shot.  I have been working on it to be able to use it for return of serve for dubs.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2005, 08:51:36 PM »
So you use both?

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2005, 08:59:11 PM »
No, I just use the one hander.  I used to slice the crap out of everything, but I am trying to work in the topspin more since I am playing a crap load of dubs, which I never did when I was younger.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2005, 09:16:32 PM »
I hit a 2 hander for topspin or when hitting flat, but when I slice I hit with 1 hand.  Sort of a poor man's Mats Wilander.  I wish I had never started hitting with 2 hands when I was learning to play.  I had trouble with the 1 hander when I was first learning to play so I switched 2 hands without really giving the 1 hander much of a chance.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2005, 09:43:29 PM »
My groundstroke is a two-handed backhand and everything else I use two hands with. I sometimes use only one hand for my backhand volleys and on my backhand slices, I kind of start with two hands but let go halfway through the stroke...

In general: 2-handed

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2005, 10:10:44 PM »
Like most people, I started out with a two-hander.  But it sucked.  To this day I can't really hit one.  It's just not natural for me.

I slice 80% of my shots, and I used to think this was limiting me, but a couple of years ago I was watching the US Open qualies and noticed that some guys were sliciing just about all their backhands, and maybe I should just play to my strength.  My slice backhand is nasty when I have some rhthym.  

So now I'm working on my top spin backhand, but I'm comfortable knowing that my slice is my go to shot off the backhand.

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2005, 10:15:09 PM »
I am the same way.  And yesterday for the first time in a long time did I feel my slice was worthy of 4.5 dubs.  I knocked so many back at their feet without the net man pickign them off and it felt great.   But I still hit some topspin returns, I think I need to do that more often.  But if I spce it I can follow it in to the net, and that is awesome!

If I played anyone else tonight I could fo worked on my topspin return, but Jamedsters serve needs to be sliced back, it is too nasty.  Most of my returns looked like bad drop shots.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2005, 10:28:44 PM »
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I hit a 2 hander for topspin or when hitting flat, but when I slice I hit with 1 hand.


Same here. Occasionally, I'll throw in a one-handed topspin backhand just to throw off my opponent.

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2005, 11:23:37 PM »
sadly I have a two-handed backhand, I've tried to play with a one-handed but I can't control the ball--my older brother has a great one-handed backhand, he can slice it..so good.



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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2005, 11:56:48 PM »
Quote from: "Tennis4you"
I use a one handed backhand for the topspin shot.  I have been working on it to be able to use it for return of serve for dubs.


Just out of curiosity Scott, do you use an eastern grip for your backhand (like Henin-Hardenne/Guga) or the same one used for serves?

I prefer the one handed topspin backhand with an eastern grip.  But if the ball is coming at me quickly, I have to resort to using the serve grip but I need to practice that more.

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2005, 12:13:43 AM »
There's nothing wrong with a 2 handed backhand. I used both. I'm using a 1 handed backhand right now and it's almost as good as my topspin forehand. When I run into heavy hitters, I break out my 2 handed and give them a taste of their own medicine. Unless I play a top notch player, I use my 1 handed backhand. I have more options when with it (slice, topspin, flat ), but if I run into someone that can blast me of the court, I go 2 handed and flatten out my forehand instead of topspinning. It's a whole different game against Open players.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2005, 12:31:27 AM »
Yep, nothing wrong with a two-hander.  My return would be much more efficient if I actually knew how to hit a two hander.  I've always felt uncomfy with it plus I can't really do it.  My slice is decent but I never liked hitting backhands until I found out about the eastern grip.  It sure takes a helluva lot more pressure off the shoulder + arm.

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2005, 06:34:49 AM »
I use a western grip, it is the same grip as my forehand, but it feels really good.  The forehand to me feels too extreme, I would like to back off of it just a bit.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2005, 07:30:06 AM »
I use a continental grip for the slice and an extreme eastern backhand grip for my top spin backhand.  It's almost the same as a western forehand grip.  I considered not changing grips and hitting with the same side of the racket for both shots for a while.  Didn't work out.

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2005, 08:07:04 AM »
I use the same grip but opposite side of the racquet.  I always allow the racquet to roll in my hand through as if I was really switching grips, do not know why...
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2005, 08:29:01 AM »
Every now and then I decide to give up the 2 hander and go to a 1 hand topspin, but that lasts till about the first ball that's hit to my back hand on game point.  I can't hit it at all.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2005, 01:34:41 PM »
I play with a two-handed backhand.  It is how I started when I first picked up a tennis racket and it is how I have always played.

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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2005, 07:59:53 PM »
I use a one handed backhand. Can hit it with topspin, flat, slice and slice with sidespin that stays low on approach shots. Most of my friends started with 2 handed BH and then for the most part converted to a one hander, especially those with aggressive net rushing games.

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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2005, 09:33:32 PM »
I may be the only one here who uses both. I may use the one or two hander against you, but generally speaking, I use the one when wide or low and the two while the ball is around my waist.  Above my head I am one handed again.

And I have always taught all my students the same, one hand for volley and they are all better for it. So, in my camp you will get both.

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