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[tennisbiz] Re: Combined double handed and one handed backhands

From: Miguel A. Hernandez <>
Date: Mon 19 Aug 2002 20:47:12 -0700 (PDT)

Who says a one handed backhand can't be hit with an open stance?

Not only that, who says you can reach a ball better with two hands?

The Williams sisters are extraordinary atheletes and even so they
sometimes need to add variety or need that extra reach a onehanded
backspin backhand provides.

Tennis is a game of emergencies, so what works, works, there is no
right way to hit the ball, the right way is the way that gets the
ball in. If you are atheletic enough to play with two hands all
the time, rock and roll, but if you're not as atheletic or if you
want to incorporate more of a variety game, instead of using muscle
to win matches, then try a two handed backhand.

I see no point of using both if you're a natural onehanded backhand
player because time an again you see players hitting the ball as
hard as two handers using a onehanded backhand. If you don't believe
me, just watch Justin Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, Cedric Pioline, Guga
Kuerten, Taylor Dent, Roger Federer, Tommy Haas, ect... Actually
most of those players have a better backhand than forehand.

I didn't mention Pete Sampras because his not a natural onehanded
backhand player, but he wanted to implement variety into his game
so he learned to hit with one hand so he could be muldimensional,
and not just a baseline hacker like most two handed backhand
players. Actually out of all two handed backhand players the only
one with a good volley is Todd Martin.

Miguel A. Hernandez

PBI Tennis Professional

Ritz Carlton, Puerto Rico

Received on Mon Aug 19 2002 - 23:13:47 CDT

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