Thursday, December 3, 2009

History's Best Backhand: The One-Hander

Is the One-Hander or Two-Hander the Best Backhand?

The two handed backhand became popular in the era of Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and later Andre Agassi. 

And yes it is the dominant backhand version today at the professional, college and junior level. And it's certainly widely-noted for its power and stability.

But is it the best backhand style? That is for you  -- and ultimately history -- to decide. 

An argument can be made that the one-hander is likely history's best backhand -- if we look at all the best players in history who used it, including top pros today. 

The one-handed backhand is a gorgeous shot -- simple, versatile and powerful, and displays the user's supreme athleticism.

A few of the best one-handed backhands in history include:

Bill Tilden, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Pancho Gonzales, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf. And in today's game, Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Richard Gasquet.

One hand or two hander? It's up to you. Either way, let's go hit that next backhand shot for a winner!

Best, Gary

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