One-Handed Backhand Disappears

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    Aug 24, 2014 4:00 PM GMT

    NYT: Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss winner of the Australian Open, has a one-handed backhand that is as lethal as any two-hander in the game, and he may be the man to save it.
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    Aug 24, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    I dunno, I always did OK with my 1-handed backhand, won some club championships with it. Was invited to compete as an amateur nationally, but I knew my small stature was against me, especially as the "power serve" began to dominate men's tennis. I had speed, agility and accuracy, but never great power. The game was changing from when I began in 1963.

    And then my right wrist tendon went bad for a while, knocked me out for several years. I was already in the Army before it fully recovered.

    The first player I knew to use the 2-handed backhand routinely was Jimmy Connors. He was known for it. I'd followed him when he was still an amateur, a little younger than me, turning pro I think around 1972. I never adopted the 2-handed.
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    Dec 26, 2015 3:27 AM GMT
    I still use a one-hand backhand, exclusively! I use it when practicing or playing.

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    Feb 02, 2016 1:56 AM GMT
    Yeah I still use the one hander but not only cause I'm old and grew up that way. It requires less upper body coordination in my opinion. I've flirted with a 2 handed backhand serve return but never really been very good with it, and when at a standstill I admit it is a more powerful stroke. However, when in motion, I feel like I generate as much pace with the one hander simply because I know exactly where the right contact point is. Also, I like to slice a little and move in behind that, and I cant imagine learning to do that with a 2 hander.
    I'd be first to admit my forehand is the weaker and less reliable stroke of mine, but I like my chances anytime I line up to hit a backhand. Whew.