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GogoGirl
Jun 2nd, 2005, 03:52 PM
Hey All,

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.

Anyway - check out the stuff reported about Safin below.

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/story/2465422p-8869521c.html

treufreund
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:24 PM
nice post. :)

VRee_Willario
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:30 PM
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! :D

random fan
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
I take it the main advantage of the two-handed backhand is more power right?

VRee_Willario
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:39 PM
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,

random fan
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:45 PM
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!

VRee_Willario
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:55 PM
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! :D

wateva
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:59 PM
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.

VRee_Willario
Jun 2nd, 2005, 05:07 PM
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 :unsure:

random fan
Jun 2nd, 2005, 05:14 PM
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 :unsure:

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

GogoGirl
Jun 2nd, 2005, 11:01 PM
All,

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?"

Dominic
Jun 3rd, 2005, 01:19 AM
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.

rue
Jun 3rd, 2005, 01:49 AM
Justine's one-handed backhand is a thing a beauty and she hits it with so much power. I really admire it.

matthieu_tennis
Jun 3rd, 2005, 01:56 AM
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

Andy.
Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:27 AM
I dont like the one handed backhand. they also shank the ball a lot more with a one hander.

ace4lleykim
Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:32 AM
I really enjoy Henin's one handed-backhand, I mean she hits alot of beautiful shots off the backhand. But I still prefer two-handed backhand, since I'm a girl, it looks more faminine.

RenaSlam.
Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:37 AM
I'm no JHH fan but...

her BH is gorgeous. Prettiest shot in the game by FAR.................

Yonexforever
Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:26 AM
The one handed backhand is makign a comback thanks to Roger and Justine and Amelie et.
Im starting to wonder though, if the French and the South Americans teach a better one handed backhand than in the US.
CLearly the US coaches no longer teach a one handed shot anymore short of Sampras's old coach.

No Name Face
Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:28 AM
I like the two handed more...more control and reliability. I never feel comfortable trying the one handed stance. I even use a two handed forehand sometimes if I keep spraying them long.

But JHH's one handed backhand is pretty good...and Federer's? :worship:

treufreund
Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:38 AM
I like the extension I get with a one-hander. I feel in control, versatile and very explosive when using it. I can flatten it out, apply heavy topspin or slice. my attempt at hitting 2-handed was a disaster. Besides, I think 2-handed bh's look dorky.

cartmancop
Jun 3rd, 2005, 04:07 AM
I think the one-handed bh is very nice looking but I prefer the 2-hander b/c.

1. I can drive the ball with more pace
2. I can easily put topspin on it
3. The prep is shorter
4. The main this for me is High balls...for most players with a 1-hander,(regular players, not superpros like fedex & justine) the high balls put them in a defensive position. B/c I'm tall, i guess, I'm not bothered by them & can still be aggressive on a high ball.

I kind of think it is harder for an opponent to read where you're going to hit a 2-hander too.

geegables
Jun 3rd, 2005, 04:36 AM
i have a two handed backhand but am incredibly jealous of those with the one handed... jhh's backhand is deadset the most beautiful and lethal shot in women's tennis