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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

For comparison sake, assume all players are right handed.

Case for the backhand: Defending the backhand corner is harder than the forehand corner, and female players are less athletic than men in general, making defending even harder. Having a lethal crosscourt backhand gives a high percentage attacking shot which gives good dividends for a weak reply from the opponent.

Case for the forehand: Natural selection above selects for good backhands but rubbish forehands. Having a huge forehand gives one an easy time attacking the forehand wing of the opponent. And in general, forehand has a higher power potential, if done right should be hit harder than the backhand.

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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Tough ask... For me hitting winners of both wings feels awesome... But a great backhand down the line tops a nice forehand winner imo... So if I had to give one concret answer, I would say a backhand a la Venus Williams!!!
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

FH for sure.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Tough question but I'd go with a backhand like the one that Venus has got. Able to hit winners from pretty much anywhere with that shot; down the line, cross court and even inside out.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand for sure.


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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

I would say backhand because it is unique and harder to pick on.

But I like my forehand so much better
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

forehand, easily

forehands win slams

backhands don't
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand - offensive shot (ie much easier to attack short balls with)
Backhand - defensive shot (ie better for counter attacking / neutralizing a point)

At the highest level, if two players are playing at their peak, attack always wins. So forehand.



Although women are far better at backhands, so that's why you see the top women have powerful backhands which they can attack with, but still a forehand is better if they had it.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

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Tough question but I'd go with a backhand like the one that Venus has got. Able to hit winners from pretty much anywhere with that shot; down the line, cross court and even inside out.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand obviously. The most lethal groundstroke in a rally situation is the run around forehand in the ad court from which one can go inside-out or inside-in because of the possibilities in placement and disguise and power potential. The best players ever (Graf and Federer), and players with strong forehands in general, rely on this pattern a lot. This also solves the problem of defending the backhand. (Although both players were also susceptible to a perfect BTL - and it had to be perfect since it was going to their stronger forehand side - from the opponent, which is a difficult shot to execute that well even for players who excel in it.)

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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand for sure. But, within the last few years it seems like having a solid forehand yet great backhand is the prototype for most players nowadays. Azarenka, Kim, Li, Maria, Henin, Venus, all have stronger backhands than forehands.

I feel like you can get away with a local forehand these days, but if you don't have the movement and footwork of Graf, the backhand side can really get picked apart if you can't run around it effectively enough.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand DTL is just . Definitely FH, because of two things:

1. It's one of the most iconic shots in the game.
2. You can run around it easier than you can run around a backhand.

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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

Forehand.

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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

I would do anything to have a great one handed backhand. Have been brought up on the 2 hander and it is boring as hell.
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Re: Would you rather have the best backhand or best forehand in the women's game?

It is generally easier to hit winners off the forehand side for most players so I would chose forehand.
But a backhand that also can hit winners anywhere would be awesome as well.
Venus's backhand is a great example of this

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