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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats to Mary & Justine btw. They both deserved their wins.

I was just wondering has anyone ever seen Justine hit the two-handed backhand? With the way she hits that one hander - she most likely doesn't need to employ the two-hander. The same could be said for Momo - I suppose, and some others.

I remember the first year I ever saw Justine play, I said to myself, "Oh-no Venus and them better watch out - because that shot is downright lethal and scary from that young lady."

Is it a hard shot to develop and add to one's repertoire? And that slice aspect of it. Magnificient! It tis a beautiful shot - indeed and for real. That shot is one that can definitely make it easier to change the direction of the ball IMO.

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nice post.
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I prefer two handed. and I think Martina's backhand is LOT more beautiful than Justine's. And Venus' backhand is amazing, the action so natural, she can hit it SO hard and also with amazing angles . It just looks so smooth and easy to make. I think two-hander is more solid than one-handed and easier to control. Thanks, Chris!

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I take it the main advantage of the two-handed backhand is more power right?

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I take it the main advantage of the two-handed backhand is more power right?
If Justine's one-hander doesn't have power then nothing has,

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If Justine's one-hander doesn't have power then nothing has,
Yeah, that's the point if the main advantage of two-hander is power, it is not that big. Justine uses all of her mass when she hits her shots, so her backhand can compete with other players' two-handers, and she still can perfectly slice with it!

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Yeah, that's the point if the main advantage of two-hander is power, it is not that big. Justine uses all of her mass when she hits her shots, so her backhand can compete with other players' two-handers, and she still can perfectly slice with it!
That's true!

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i dun think it's so much of power in justine's backhand. it's timing. she hits it very well and connects with the ball. she has more brute force in her forehand in my opinion.

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i dun think it's so much of power in justine's backhand. it's timing. she hits it very well and connects with the ball. she has more brute force in her forehand in my opinion.
It's raw power, If you watch her really hit it. What have they done to this little girl to get her hit 120 mph serves and monster groundies

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It's raw power, If you watch her really hit it. What have they done to this little girl to get her hit 120 mph serves and monster groundies
Trained her to use her mass in the shots. It is like in boxing, what point if you are tall and have big weight if you can't use it and hit only with your arms? That's why heavy-weights are so powerful and often knock-out their opponents and on the contrary you won't see a lot of knock-outs from middle-weight boxers

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Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout. I agree w/u 2. When I saw that shot from Justine back then - I was like - "Whoooooooooooooooaaaa Nelly." That thing scared me as a tennis fan for life. Now don't get me wrong because Momo's is tight too - but Justine hides where she is gonna hit her-ins at times. Usually w/Mo - one can tell where it is gonna end up - unless she is approaching wit it - and sometimes even then - I can tell.

Justine just fires that thing up for the most part. At times and of course - one can tell where she is gonna hit it because she has limited time to excel on it - but usually - she can change the direction pretty directly.

Roger uses hissens pretty well - and Guga's is sweet - but IMO - Justine's is the tops. I am 5'6" - and she is 5'5" and 3/4's - but I would never be able to fire it off as strong as she does. I can barely hit a forehand on the court. LOL! It has been a couple of years since I've been on a tennis court - but even back then - my daughter's forehand was better than mines. And that is not saying much.

Anyway - I wonder how hard it would be for the ones that don't employ it to practice, learn and use it in their games? Can we not see Venus and Lindsay, et al, that don't use it - to start using it? Again - now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout! I love it!

Yet - the question still is - how are the two-handed backhands of the ones that use the one-handers? Why don't they use both is the question? LOL! Or do they sing the old song - "Ain't Got Time?"

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I prefer the two hander. I think the preparation for a one-hander takes a bit longer and is less natural. Plus it's alot easier to produce topspin and hit high balls with a 2hander. Its also easier to react quickly and hit with a margin for error, for instance while receving serve.
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Justine's one-handed backhand is a thing a beauty and she hits it with so much power. I really admire it.

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i prefer two handed backhand
1 its more powerful
2 better control
3 return of serve

the one handed player are so defensive sometime with their slices :P. They have problem to counter attack against flat shot. Look when sharapova hit a big flat forehand on her back hand its so effective. On clay one handed, but on hard i prefer two handed :P
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I dont like the one handed backhand. they also shank the ball a lot more with a one hander.
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