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talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

statistically talking, most of the girls on top of WTA have/had their best weapon on this shot, since i'm not a tennis coach/player/expert/etc. i have always wondered the reason why that happens. My first thought was that generally women's FH side is the weakest, so that's a great weapon to expose that weakness, but maybe any of you can prove me wrong and explain me his reasons.

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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

I have a better BH DTL
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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

Technically speaking, one can defend much better his backhand wing (regardless of whether it's a one or two-handed stroke) than his forehand wing. Unless it's a lefty vs. right-handed match, a big, flat struck BHDTL sets up the point for an easy putaway.
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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

*ahem* Elena Dementieva .
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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

well, current best ATP player also has awesome BH DTL and sets up many easy putaway opportunities with it...and since WTA is so BH dominated, many girls just practise it more and base their games arround this wing

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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

In all my years playing tennis, backhand down the line is by far the most difficult one to do. It takes special timing and ball-contact to make a decent one. Mastering it however is an entirely different skill. That is why its almost amazing to watch it everytime when players hit clean winners from it.

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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

Please. Everyone knows this shot is a physical impossibility.

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In all my years playing tennis, backhand down the line is by far the most difficult one to do. It takes special timing and ball-contact to make a decent one. Mastering it however is an entirely different skill. That is why its almost amazing to watch it everytime when players hit clean winners from it.
Really? BHDTL is by far my best shot. I can hit it 8/10 with surprising accuracy. I think it's because on the backhand side, it's easier to control the shot hitting it with two hands. Because of that, they can hit it harder and not make as many errors as they would on the forehand side. I think it boils down to being able to control the shot better...

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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

That's my best and favourite shot, although I'm just a recreational player.
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Re: talking about tennis: why is BH DTL the best shot in women tennis?

It's my best shot too. I have a two-handed BH and I've always hit it with much more precision than my FH. I'm a goofy when snowboarding and such and I have a lot of dexterity in my left hand, so that probably has a lot to do with that. I have a decent forehand but I'm better at creating angles with it rather than blasting a winner out of nowhere, whilst with a BH I can redirect it much better. I need more time to set my FH properly so I guess both my wings are about even on clay, but I do struggle a bit with my FH on grass (even though I rarely play there) and on quikcer HCs.
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In all my years playing tennis, backhand down the line is by far the most difficult one to do. It takes special timing and ball-contact to make a decent one. Mastering it however is an entirely different skill. That is why its almost amazing to watch it everytime when players hit clean winners from it.
So true. So many things need to be perfectly in order to nail a BH DTL: balance, contact point, stance, momentum, and technique mostly as well. It's SUCH a tricky shot, it fails more often than not. That's why players with good BH DTLs are oftenly crowd favorites, because it's a sensational shot when succesfully nailed.
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Please. It's a lucky fluke. Most often the ball just prangs off the racket at some weird angle.

I used to HATE that when Jankobitch played Lena. The ball would ricochet off the handle of JJ's stick and go down the line for a fluke winner and Lena would be so flustered and JJ would prance around like she did ON PURPOSE.

The really amazing thing is this would happen like 20 times a match. It just goes to show Bum Bright was right when he said "I'd rather be lucky than good."

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Technically speaking, one can defend much better his backhand wing (regardless of whether it's a one or two-handed stroke) than his forehand wing. Unless it's a lefty vs. right-handed match, a big, flat struck BHDTL sets up the point for an easy putaway.
This. As a tennis instructor, I can tell you that the most natural and easiest shot to hit (for novice ppl anyway) is by far the forehand crosscourt and the hardest most unnatural is by far the backhand down the line
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Please. It's a lucky fluke. Most often the ball just prangs off the racket at some weird angle.

I used to HATE that when Jankobitch played Lena. The ball would ricochet off the handle of JJ's stick and go down the line for a fluke winner and Lena would be so flustered and JJ would prance around like she did ON PURPOSE.

The really amazing thing is this would happen like 20 times a match. It just goes to show Bum Bright was right when he said "I'd rather be lucky than good."

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statistically talking, most of the girls on top of WTA have/had their best weapon on this shot, since i'm not a tennis coach/player/expert/etc. i have always wondered the reason why that happens. My first thought was that generally women's FH side is the weakest, so that's a great weapon to expose that weakness, but maybe any of you can prove me wrong and explain me his reasons.
What makes you say that? Statistically speaking, there are way more forehand winners than backhand winners on the men's side as well as on the women's side. Forehands have also been shown to be, on average struck harder than backhands. And even if you go look at the backhands, I'm pretty sure the backhand crosscourt is more of a weapon and hits more winners than the DTL.
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