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The Witch-king
Oct 27th, 2010, 08:55 AM
And why?

Kəv.
Oct 27th, 2010, 09:05 AM
I use a two-handed why? because I learnt it this way.

The Witch-king
Oct 27th, 2010, 09:48 AM
Yes, why did you learn 2 hands?

Ferg
Oct 27th, 2010, 09:58 AM
One hander. I used to hit both hands of both sides but then i switched my forehand and found it too hard to keep the double backhand. Its not the weapon it was but its much better for dictating play in the sense that I can put my slice anywhere and its still a fine shot flat.

Kəv.
Oct 27th, 2010, 10:47 AM
Yes, why did you learn 2 hands?

I dont know. Just decided to somehow.

Kirilenko-Fan
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:44 PM
I started with a two handed backhand and switched to a one handed bachhand two years ago. Now I'm happy about that decision.

SVK
Oct 27th, 2010, 01:24 PM
I started with two handed backhand now I´m slicing almost every backhand (sth like Vinci)

silyaunWILLIAMS
Oct 27th, 2010, 02:05 PM
I love sicing and I do it quite a lot, but I mainly use a 2 handed backhand.

Moveyourfeet
Oct 29th, 2010, 03:54 AM
I hit a topspin 1 handed backhand and 1 handed slice as well.

I was actually taught a 2 handed backhand but I just couldn't hit the shot well. My coach had me hit a 1 hander one day and I was much better at it. From that day I started using a 1 handed backhand.
I love hitting this shot. it is my favourite shot to hit and I hit it very well.

burn
Oct 29th, 2010, 08:36 AM
two handed topspin, one handed slice

GoofyDuck
Oct 29th, 2010, 06:41 PM
I use 2 handed backhand, but my forehand is alot better. i have more problems controlling my backhand. :D

justine schnyder
Oct 30th, 2010, 09:17 AM
2 handed :hearts:

Randy H
Oct 30th, 2010, 11:35 PM
2 handed - I learned tennis on my own, without lessons or coaching etc...The backhand was the first shot I really learned to hit well, and it came quite easily. My favourite player was Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, and I always loved her backhand too :)

jimmy_the_greek
Oct 31st, 2010, 02:42 AM
Two Handed

SneakyArab
Nov 1st, 2010, 04:46 AM
I use a two-handed because I love the feel of it. I would hit two handed forehands if I could :D I love the control and power I feel I can get from them.

Occasionally I find myself hitting a one-hander on the fly, but its just a reflex shot. If I need the extra reach I might use it.

fleabitten
Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:39 AM
I use a two-handed topspin bh primarily, but can hit a one-handed slice as well.

Another option, not listed in the poll, is "no backhand". I know it is super rare, but I've seen a guy with 2 forhands (one on each side, and no BH.)

:)

Svennovitch
Nov 2nd, 2010, 09:25 AM
double handed flat and topspin
single handed slice

Nicolás89
Nov 4th, 2010, 12:01 AM
Two handed and I hit it just like Hingis, I have thighs of steel. :p

HowardH
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:21 AM
One handed topspin and one handed slice. It's one of my favourite shots.

northern lad
Nov 4th, 2010, 03:33 AM
2 handed top spin and 1 handed slice

i started playing with no instruction whatsoever and i tried to hit topspin and slice with one hand and the results were generally disastrous. then i got some lessons and tried the two hander... now it's way more consistent than my forehand and i've improved the slice so there's variety on that side. my forehand is all over the place though :sobbing:

Root
Nov 4th, 2010, 04:37 AM
Double handed backhand. One handed never worked for me. I am more confident when I am using both hands I guess and have more control of the ball. I want to learn the double handed forehand as well but the coach won't let me. :o

LegionArgentina
Nov 5th, 2010, 01:27 AM
One handed backhand :dance:

Dann
Nov 5th, 2010, 11:25 AM
two handed both sides:)

young_gunner913
Nov 5th, 2010, 01:24 PM
I don't have a backhand. I run around to hit a forehand or I just take a very ugly swing at the ball and pray it goes in. :)

bavaria86
Nov 5th, 2010, 01:59 PM
two handed:D

The Witch-king
Nov 8th, 2010, 05:18 PM
I hit a 2 handed backhand and it can only go one direction - down the line. I literally cannot hit cross-court. I think its a bit of a mental block because I used to be able to but now I'm afraid I'll make an error.

bavaria86
Nov 8th, 2010, 05:22 PM
cross court is much easier shot than down the line:lol:

The Witch-king
Nov 8th, 2010, 05:28 PM
cross court is much easier shot than down the line:lol:

Not for me it's not!

I hate it because it is extremely predictable.

Micheal douglas
Nov 9th, 2010, 04:51 AM
I use a two handed backhand just because i have a complete control on playing with tChicago condominiums (http://centurytowercondos.com/) wo handed backhand.

SVK
Nov 26th, 2010, 05:10 PM
I started with two handed backhand now I´m slicing almost every backhand (sth like Vinci)

I´ve finally learned how to play one handed backhand!:D After I had a long break from tennis (almost 3 years) and I grew up, I had a big problem with two handed backhand and I used just slice backhand (it´s not a bad shot though) so I tried to use one-handed, It absoutely didn´t work then, it went sooo wide everytime but I finally have a ball under the control:D The placement isn´t that great I still need a lot of work but at least I finally goes in:D Two handed is still as bad as it was after break what is a shame because it was my best shot after volleys:awww:

Jane Lane
Nov 27th, 2010, 07:31 PM
My two-handed cross court BH is my favorite shot. Players I play against keep thinking my BH is a weakness and they fail to realize how much of a hot mess my western FH is.

ce
Nov 27th, 2010, 09:30 PM
2handed, my backhand used to be my better shot but its not anymore :sad:

Uranium
Nov 27th, 2010, 10:48 PM
2 handed backhand and Love it. My favorite shot. Inside out, DTL, cross court, do it all beautifully.

Six Feet Under
Nov 27th, 2010, 11:46 PM
2 hands. except for the slice (sometimes)

Backhands :drool:

magnus5
Jul 13th, 2013, 06:16 PM
I'll just use this topic for my "problem" :)

I use semi western forehand, so I can spin every ball easily. I don't have any problems on my forehand side, but backhand is my weakness.

Half of my shots on backhand side are slizes (especially low balls), the other half are double handed flat balls (no spin what so ever). Do you think that those flat balls will eventually become spinned when I will learn to use my wrist some more? (Let me just say that I play tennis for a year now, but on the other hand I'm a former table tennis player)

Latelly I've been trying to hit one handed backhand using an eastern backhand grip. All my practice of one handed backhand was hitting a ball against the wall.

Double handed backhand feels to me a bit akward or unnatural. I would love to play one handed, because is more similar to table tennis.

What do you suggest? What should I do? Am I using the right grip on my backhand?

dynamoRockstarr
Jul 16th, 2013, 02:13 PM
2 handed - I learned tennis on my own, without lessons or coaching etc...The backhand was the first shot I really learned to hit well, and it came quite easily. My favourite player was Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, and I always loved her backhand too :)


Same for me. Learned on my own and loved Venus' backhand.

It has weakened now since I tried my hardest to get my forehand decent, now my forehand is my stronger side. :sad:

Serena_Williams_
Jul 16th, 2013, 02:30 PM
I have a 2 handed bh.I like that shot cuz its more consistent however i feel like i've lost some ,,venom" on it :/

ScrubLove
Jul 16th, 2013, 03:33 PM
Two-handed. When I first started playing tennis I hit two hands off both sides but after a while my coach made me adopt the more traditional forehand.

My backhand is far and away my better shot as it's pretty obvious I'm more comfortable with both hands on the racket. If I've got enough time to line up the shot I will still switch back to the two-handed forehand on putaways.

NeKo
Jul 16th, 2013, 06:45 PM
Two-handed. I was too slim and I also wanted to copy Lleyton Hewitt when I started. I guess the two-handed backhand has more control, it's more safe, but the one-handed one could be a way better weapon.

Cajka
Jul 16th, 2013, 07:12 PM
I have no backhand. Anyway, that thing I hit is one-handed atm.

Silas
Jul 16th, 2013, 07:37 PM
Two-handed - I love Venus's, Maria's and Azarenka's backhands.

Lately i have been utilizing my left hand in my backhand much more and it has been making a huge difference

Potato
Jul 18th, 2013, 01:31 AM
Two-handed. Every since I started watching JJ play my technique is almost exactly like hers. And I always wanted to hit my backhand DTL "JJ Style", so I now barely remember how to hit my backhand cross court from the center of the court :sobbing:

I've actually never seen myself play so I should record myself and see how similar the technique is. Probably not as I think in my head.

aussiesharapova
Jul 18th, 2013, 07:41 AM
Two-handed flat - Has always been my most consistent shot and I especially love hitting a short-angle backhand crosscourt and my BH DTL.
Used to play with a single handed backhand when I couldn't hit the ball with two hands :o

Little Dreamer
Jul 18th, 2013, 08:02 PM
Two-handed. I could never have as much consistency with a one hander. Besides, my two handed backhand is far and away my best shot. I even slice and drop shot with both hands on the racquet (actually I have a quirky two handed forehand dropshot too :tape:) but I only take a hand off for *some* volleys or cross court backhand drop shots because it's much easier to find a tighter angle that way.

MaSharp
Jul 18th, 2013, 08:35 PM
I use two handed backhand and this is probably my best shot when I am on. I improve my game through matches that i play, and last year when I started to play tennis (back then I was a real mess) I actually used one handed backhand sometimes and I made some beautiful winners. But it was more luck than any other thing...

I hit a 2 handed backhand and it can only go one direction - down the line. I literally cannot hit cross-court. I think its a bit of a mental block because I used to be able to but now I'm afraid I'll make an error.

Even despite I'm satisfied with my backhand I can't hit BH DL. I only use cross court. :(
I'm so happy when I make beautiful and unexpected shot though...

Povin
Jul 19th, 2013, 02:42 AM
2-handed, with my right palm being pretty low. I still can't figure out how to hit one-handed flat backhand, anytime I hit it, it seems like my racket will fly away. With 2 hands on a backhand, I feel like I can penetrate into the opponent's power and return the ball with the same speed, because my left hand is a strong support and power source, while the right hand answers for the direction of a ball.

Payam
Jul 22nd, 2013, 11:53 PM
I'll just use this topic for my "problem" :)

I use semi western forehand, so I can spin every ball easily. I don't have any problems on my forehand side, but backhand is my weakness.

Half of my shots on backhand side are slizes (especially low balls), the other half are double handed flat balls (no spin what so ever). Do you think that those flat balls will eventually become spinned when I will learn to use my wrist some more? (Let me just say that I play tennis for a year now, but on the other hand I'm a former table tennis player)

Latelly I've been trying to hit one handed backhand using an eastern backhand grip. All my practice of one handed backhand was hitting a ball against the wall.

Double handed backhand feels to me a bit akward or unnatural. I would love to play one handed, because is more similar to table tennis.

What do you suggest? What should I do? Am I using the right grip on my backhand?

Dear Magnus

I am actually quite surprised that no one has replied to your question which has revived this thread. You seem to have the same problem which I used to have when I stopped playing table tennis and started tennis instead.

I started learning two-handed backhand, but couldn't hit a decent backhand, so I moved to one-handed which was better for top spin but way harder to control and I wasn't happy with that either. I had a good forehand with a semi-western grip and my coach told me that the two-handed backhand is just like a left-handed forehand, so as soon as I had the semi-western grip and made my left hand the dominant hand on the shot, I realized how easy it was to generate top spin with the backhand and I have never looked back.

So my suggestion is, just try to have the semi-western fore the left hand and continental for the right, and hold the racket very loose with the right hand at first, so that the left hand does all the work. After a while loosen up both hands so that you can have more racket head speed and you will see the difference that it makes to your shots and how natural it becomes. :wavey:


As I said I use two-handed and I believe the popularity of the two-handed on the pro tour is a testament of its superiority over one-handed. There are pros and cons for each, but to me the only problem with two handed is the "less reach" than one handed, and I happily compensate for that by hitting a one handed slice or one handed lob.

nazzac
Jul 23rd, 2013, 09:15 PM
I can only slice BH's I actually switch to a RH FH when i can lol

alfonsojose
Jul 24th, 2013, 04:22 PM
2 handed backhand

lisickis
Jul 24th, 2013, 04:40 PM
Two handed backhand.

Sean.
Jul 24th, 2013, 06:49 PM
I'll just use this topic for my "problem" :)

I use semi western forehand, so I can spin every ball easily. I don't have any problems on my forehand side, but backhand is my weakness.

Half of my shots on backhand side are slizes (especially low balls), the other half are double handed flat balls (no spin what so ever). Do you think that those flat balls will eventually become spinned when I will learn to use my wrist some more? (Let me just say that I play tennis for a year now, but on the other hand I'm a former table tennis player)

Latelly I've been trying to hit one handed backhand using an eastern backhand grip. All my practice of one handed backhand was hitting a ball against the wall.

Double handed backhand feels to me a bit akward or unnatural. I would love to play one handed, because is more similar to table tennis.

What do you suggest? What should I do? Am I using the right grip on my backhand?

Without actually seeing the stroke production it's difficult to help, I'd say start simple and really make sure your racket starts below the ball and comes up through it. That'll naturally add TS to the shot.

Sam L
Jul 27th, 2013, 01:20 AM
So my suggestion is, just try to have the semi-western fore the left hand and continental for the right, and hold the racket very loose with the right hand at first, so that the left hand does all the work. After a while loosen up both hands so that you can have more racket head speed and you will see the difference that it makes to your shots and how natural it becomes. :wavey:





This. I tried having an eastern on the left hand and it made all my shots very flat. The key is to have a semi western on the left.

binky-GOAT
Jul 27th, 2013, 03:21 AM
One handed backhand.

I am actually pretty good with the two handed too, but I hate having to always stretch my back to hit it! With the one handed though, I have much better balanced and it's just less work to hit it. With the one hander, I use my feet to get down to really low balls, but with the 2 handed that is almost impossible unless you're Djokovic, and I end up bending down.


Anyways I don't know why, but my backhands in general are much better than forehands. Half the time i don't even know the direction I am hitting the forehand :sobbing: I guess it had to do with me playing other sports where I had to hit balls in line with my body, rather than away from my body.

Sean.
Jul 27th, 2013, 10:22 AM
This. I tried having an eastern on the left hand and it made all my shots very flat. The key is to have a semi western on the left.

Same, I had to alter my forehand grip from Eastern to Semi-Western, to get more spin & margin on my shots.

Zoran :)
Nov 3rd, 2013, 06:44 PM
Two handed and my favourite one handed slice :hearts:

AshBolt
Nov 15th, 2013, 09:56 PM
I recently changed to two handed backhand. I can hit really good shots with it, but it's soo inconsistent. I can always rely on my one-handed slice if needed. I just wish I knew how to get the two hander to be more reliable...

ohnoitsmchl
Nov 16th, 2013, 02:44 PM
One Handed... I've tried two handed... and lets just say it makes my one hander look professional :lol: :tape:

Aravanecaravan
Nov 16th, 2013, 03:54 PM
One-handed. I hit as flat as can be, and quite hard. As what some would label a "BBB" and having an eastern forehand, I need the range and flexibility a one handed backhand gives me. It's more natural, more comfortable, less restricted, I've been hitting that way since I was seven, and I don't lack for any power off of that side, so it's the right choice. I can hit two handed, but it doesn't feel right.

joe87
Nov 16th, 2013, 04:38 PM
One handed. :)

Switched from a two handed after the first year as my back couldn't handle it and I never got to hit a 100% one. The change really paid off. :cool:

.Andrew.
Nov 17th, 2013, 12:44 AM
Two-handed BH because I was too weak to try to have a one-hander when I started playing :lol:

Now I have a pretty nice one-handed slice though :)

uchickenvn
Dec 27th, 2013, 11:14 PM
Two handed backhand cause it's more stable

magnus5
Feb 23rd, 2014, 01:58 PM
I can't decide what double backhand grip should I use. I've been using continental grip for my right (dominant) hand, but I can't get enough spin. It's is bothering me, because my forehand (I use eastern grip) produce a lot of spin and I can hit flat ball also. I've been thinking to start using double backhand grip with dominant right hand in an eastern backhand. I know with that grip I would have to hit ball more in front of me and I'll have much troubles with lower balls (opposite for high balls).

What do you suggest? I would really love to hit spin from both sides...

For example: Djokovic uses continental grip for his backhand and it's probably the best backhand on the tour.

I'll probably hit my backhands more easily cause of the loop (I play tennis 2 times a week)

EDIT: Today I tried two-handed backhand with a eastern backhand grip on my right dominant hand. It's pretty though to brush the ball and hit at the same time. It would bo tougher on the court, couse today was just hitting the wall.

Will probably stick to continental and try to brush more. Won't get so much spin as with the eastern backhand, but eventually I could change the grip to eastern backhand, when gain speed, control and power.

Is it possible to play good spin with continental grip?

Can you tell me what is the most common two-handed grip on the tour? Federer uses eastern backhand, Murray and Djokovič two-handed continental....