Double Handed Racket Usage


It sounds like an idea that might eventually rank alongside Dennis Lillee's aluminium cricket bat or the power bands that were all the rage in sport not so long ago, but when you watch Brian Battistone on a tennis court you soon realise that "The Natural" is not a gimmick.

At first sight Battistone's two-handled racket appears unwieldy and, indeed, faintly ridiculous – more like a divining rod or a garden tool – yet in the hands of the 33-year-old Californian it is a potent weapon. Using the two handles, Battistone can change hands on the racket instantly, enabling him to play any shot on either flank, thus giving himself greater reach than players with single-handed rackets.

Using "The Natural", he need never play a backhand – which is usually a player's weaker ground stroke – because he can hit forehands on both sides. Battistone and his fellow innovators also insist that it is healthier to use than a conventional racket because the body is better balanced and...

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In tennis, a grip is a way of holding the racquet in order to hit shots during a match. The three most commonly used conventional grips are: the Continental (or "Chopper"), the Eastern and the Western. Most players change grips during a match depending on what shot they are hitting.

The octagonal handle[edit]

Numbering of bevels on a tennis racket grip

In order to understand the grips, it is important to know that the handle of a racquet always consists of 8 sides or, in other words, has an octagonal shape. A square shape would hurt the hand, while a round shape would not give enough friction to gain a firm grip. The eight sides of the handle are called bevels. We can number the bevels from 1 to 8 as follows: if the blade of the racquet is perpendicular to the ground, the bevel facing up is bevel #1. Rotating the racquet counter-clockwise (for a right handed player, clockwise for a left handed player), the next bevel facing up is bevel #2, if you are...

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Although it is tempting to return the ball using your forehand for every shot when you start out, learn how to use your backhand and you will be able to cover much more of the court. The stroke is played on the non-dominant side of your body and can use one or two hands.

The double-handed backhand is more common in professional tennis these days and gives players more control; however, playing with two hands restricts your reach. Children should always start out using two hands, and then progress to one-handed backhands when they are stronger and more experienced.


Start by getting into the ready position. Place your dominant hand (right if you're right-handed, left if you're left-handed) at the bottom of the racket and your non-dominant hand at the throat.

Comfortably step out towards the ball with your left leg (right if you're left-handed) and transfer your weight on to it (don't lunge too far or you will lose your...

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Badminton is a game played by two single opposing players or two opposing pairs, this sport uses a racquet in striking a shuttlecock in order to earn points. This was included in the Olympics since 1992 and instantly became famous all over the world.

It is better played indoors because the wind affects the shuttlecock flight but it can be played outdoors as well as a form of recreational activity. Any age, race or gender can play this sport as a form of competitive sport or just for fun.

Badminton is a game that requires excellent fitness, stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport which requires good eye-hand coordination and calculated strategy. Aside from skills, a durable and efficient racquet is needed especially for professional athletes.

The Badminton World Federation released its top players in all categories. Here are the top 5 badminton player in the men’s singles category (ranked in order), with their profiles and...

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A Backhand is a stroke in which the ball is hit with the back of the racket hand facing the ball at the moment of contact. A backhand is often hit by a right-handed player when the ball is on the left side of the court, and vice versa.


The Eastern Backhand grip is obtained when placing the hand such that the base knuckle of the index finger and heel of the hand are right on bevel #1. This grip allows for significant spin and control. The same face of the racquet as in the forehand is used to strike the ball. No need to change grips if the forehand is played with a Western grip.


The Semi-Western backhand grip, is used by placing the hand such that the base knuckle of the index finger is right on bevel #8. Compared to the Continental grip, the blade has rotated 90 degrees clockwise. This forces the wrist in an uncomfortable twist but allows for the greatest possible spin.

This is basically equivalent to the...

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Name of grip Image of grip 1. Eastern forehand grip
Note that the eastern grip is popular with beginners and is widely used with forehands because of its comfort. The grip can also be used to hit backhands, serves and volleys. Here is how to make the grip: Hold the racket in front of you in your left hand (or right hand if you’re a left-handed player). Rotate the racket so that the face (strings) of the racket is perpendicular to the ground. Lay the palm of your free hand flat on the face of the racket. Move your palm toward your body, down the shaft of the racket, until it hits the end of the handle. Wrap your fingers around the handle and space them slightly apart. Your thumb and forefinger should lie almost directly on top of the handle, forming a V that points toward your right shoulder (toward your left shoulder if you're left-handed). Your thumb should lie across the top of the handle. Tips: An eastern grip is also called a "handshake grip" - it's...
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Photo by Brian Skelley

Brian Battistone
Career High ATP World Doubles
Ranking #88 (#10 in US)
Las Vegas, NV

For many years I have dreamed of developing the ultimate innovative techniques and technology in the field of sports, health, and life. The benefits of "the Natural" racquet extend far beyond creating a strategic advantage on the tennis court. It is about working in harmony with the laws of nature, by creating a more balanced approach to the human body and mind. There is no doubt that the athlete of the future will reach new heights by applying these true principles.

Dann Battistone
Career High ATP World Doubles Ranking #177
Roosevelt, Utah

"The Natural Two Handled Tennis Racket allows me to do things I could never do with a conventional racket... It has propelled me to a ATP world ranking of approximately 200 (at the age of 32) in doubles after only 1 year on tour. My previous high world ranking of around 800...

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The double handed backhand has become a popular shot in modern tennis. Both club and professional tennis players understand the importance of double handed backhand technique and tactics.

The double handed backhand has gone from novelty to standard operating procedure in the past several decades.

Years ago, almost no one gripped the racquet with two hands when turning to the backhand side; today, very few players hold their racquet with just one hand when they execute the backhand. In fact, the evolution of the backhand has been one of the biggest changes to occur in tennis over the past 30+ years.

Many players have adopted the double handed backhand because when they first started playing the game at a young age, they were too weak to hit the ball effectively with just one arm on the backhand side. Others use two hands because they were taught that stroke from day one as they learned the game. Still others are somewhat ambidextrous and it feels fairly...

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However, before I do, let me also state that there are varying degrees in terms of strength, age, size and general aptitude in which one stroke can be considered. There are adults that are better suited to learn one-handed, and there are other adults that are better suited to learn two. Most all junior players do better, faster, in terms of developing what I call an Advanced Foundation...a base stroke pattern that does not specifically have to change for advanced play...but, inevitably will evolve as any player progresses. You can teach 100 players the exact same stroke technique yet no two players will hit exactly the same over time.

The advantages of a one-handed stroke have been presented by those who usually oppose the two-hander...saying the stroke has greater reach, greater power, and requires less than perfect footwork. All of these subjective criteria are correct...within a certain context.

First off, the actual reach factor is minimal when...

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Use the Eastern Backhand Grip.

To achieve the Eastern Backhand Grip, use your left hand to hold your racket in front of you. Point the grip to the right and orient the string area perpendicular to the ground, facing you. Hold your right hand straight out directly above the grip. Bring it directly down so your base index knuckle rests completely on the top facet of the grip, and close your hand around it squarely. The Eastern Backhand Grip is:

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the most common backhand grip. a versatile, stable grip that can generate a little topspin or hit more directly. good for hitting low balls, not good for controlling high...
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Etymology 1

From (etyl) padell (1407, "small spade"), from Medieval Latin padela, perhaps from (etyl) patella "pan, plate", the diminutive of patina





A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat. A double-bladed oar used for kayaking. Time spent on paddling. We had a nice paddle this morning. A slat of a paddleboat's wheel. A paddlewheel. A blade of a waterwheel. (video games|dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen. (British) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside. A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc. A bat-shaped spanking implement ''The paddle practically ousted the British cane as the spanker's attribute in the independent US A ping-pong bat. A flat limb of an aquatic animal, adapted for swimming. ''A sea turtle's paddles...
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Tennis is the fourth most popular sport on the planet, with a fan following of more than a billion people across the globe.

Think about the players who were as cool as a cucumber, yet dispatched every opponent that came their way, and the names that come to mind are Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, and Chris Evert. Talking about power tennis, who else than Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic! And then there was Boris Becker, who dived around everywhere on the court, never to be counted out of a point. Looking at these stars playing, one might think, tennis isn't such a difficult game after all! Trust me, it's not as easy at it looks, and these players trained their hearts out and had the passion in them to reach the levels that they did. To succeed in anything, one first needs to get the basics right. The same goes for the game of tennis too.

So here are all the basic shots that are played in this wonderful game, be it on a grass court, clay...

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Untitled 1 A collection of terms used in Badminton derived from various sources as well as personal experience. A Humorous Glossary is also available for your amusement. And there's a German Website with another humorous glossary. Please submit any additions you may have. Court
Alley, Back Alley, Base Position, Baseline, Center Line, Center Position, Divorce Area, Forecourt, Long Service Line, Service Court, Short Service Line, Side Alley, T (T-Junction), Tape, Test Mark, Tramline
Balance Point, Battledore, Bird (Birdie), Cross, Face, Feathers, Graphite, Grip, Gut, Head, Hybrid Stringing, Main, One-Piece Racket, One-Piece Stringing, Press, Pre-stretch, Racket (Racquet), Rough Side, Shaft, Shuttle (Shuttlecock), Skirt, Smooth Side, Tension, Two-Piece Stringing, T-Joint, Throat, Towel Grip, Trim Play
Angle of Attack, Angle Of Return, Attack, Back and Front, "Bird On", "Clear", Deception, Defense, Diagonal, Doubles, First Serve,...
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The game of tennis dates back officially to 1873, when the first book of rules was published by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of north Wales. But tennis has antecedents in ball games played with the hand that evolved in Europe before the Renaissance. These games were played first with the bare hand, later with gloved hands, then with hands wrapped in rope. Later, a wooden bat was introduced, and the first rackets seem to have showed up during the fifteenth century. These early rackets were smaller than modern tennis rackets, and were strung in various patterns. When rules of tennis were standardized by Wingfield and others following him, the shape and size of the court was specified, and the kind of ball that could be used. There were, however, no rules governing the racket size, shape, or material makeup.

Until 1965, all professional tennis rackets were made of wood. A steel tennis racket was patented...

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There is no rule in tennis stopping players from switching the racquet between hands to hit a forehand (or backhand) from both sides. It is extremely rare in tennis (especially among the pro ranks) to see someone who is ambidextrous and can hit a forehand with both hands.

What is more common (but still not very common) is to see a player that hits with 2 hands from both sides. Two female professional players come to mind - Monica Seles and Marion Bartoli. Both hit two-handed forehands and two-handed backhands.

It is probably worth mentioning that in tennis, players that hit a two-handed backhand have an almost ambidextrous skill with their backhand side. This is because most two-handed backhand technique is learned and developed by first practicing hitting a forehand with their backhand side, then later adding their dominant hand to the racquet handle for power and stability. I suspect many professional level players that hit a two-handed backhand could maintain a...

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Doubles partners Dann and Brian Battistone are double trouble in more ways than one. Not only are they brothers, but they also both play with two-handled tennis racquets. Equipped with forked handles, these swatters were designed with fitness in mind, to work both sides of the body equally. But the Battistones have found that the racquets work to their advantage come game time.

The rather bizarre racquets enable players to hit two-handed forehands as well as the more common two-handed backhand for extra power. The Battistones frequently switch grips while serving and hit open-stance forehands from both sides, though they admit that the racquet mostly appeals to kids and novices. Personally, I can't quite understand what advantage it would afford to intermediate or advanced players, but I guess it works for these guys.

Still don't quite get how it works? I've found a video that explains it, so to see...

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The two handed backhand is an effective shot in the tennis groundstroke game. This advanced tennis backhand technique analysis reveals the technique of the backhand shot.

Many players prefer to use the two handed backhand because it is easier to learn initially, but this stroke will require the same amount of practice and repetition before it can be mastered.

The top four professional players that use two handed backhand as their most important weapon in winning tennis matches are Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian.

Several players have this stroke as their most powerful weapon in the game of tennis. The good thing about this stroke is that you have the option to use the backhand slice in case the situation is too tight for you to use the two handed backhand.

Ready position

The ready position in the tennis two handed backhand is when you stand with your two feet pointing towards the net. Your two...

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1. A great two-handed backhand starts with the perfect set-up. First, the grip: The most commonly used grips are the Continental for your dominant hand and an Eastern forehand grip for your non-dominant hand. As the ball arrives, split-step and then execute your unit turn, shown here. Your shoulders and your racquet will turn together. The leg closest to the incoming ball should step out a little as you turn, so you don’t close yourself off to the ball. You’ll need space to step into the shot.

2. How much shoulder turn is ideal? Enough so that you have to look over your dominant shoulder at the incoming ball. As you prepare to hit this shot, all of your weight should be on your back foot, ready to transfer to your front foot. Take your racquet back above the level of the ball (10 o’clock or 2 o’clock, whichever is easier for you to visualize, is an ideal height). Your shoulders should be level and your knees slightly bent.

3. Relax your hand and...

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Two American brothers, Dann and Brian Battistone, play with the innovative creations in competition.

However, the racquet brothers take an International Tennis Federation (ITF) certificate to every game they play, proving that the racket, named 'The Natural,' is match-legal.

"We knew some people would be against the racket," said Brian, 29, from Las Vegas. "There's a lot of tradition in tennis so this is quite radical."

The designer of the racket, Lionel Burt, said that it had been easy to convince the ITF to approve the racket: "Their basic position is, 'If you can beat Roger Federer with a snow shovel of that dimension, go ahead and do it."

The double-hitter has already brought the brothers success. They had previously languished in the 800s in the world rankings and Brian had left tennis in 2000 to serve a mission for his Mormon faith. They have now risen to 206th and 207th in the doubles rankings using the racket, even beating world doubles...

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The forehand in tennis and other racket sports such as table tennis, squash and badminton is a shot made by swinging the racket across one's body with the hand moving palm-first. In tennis, except in the context of the phrase forehand volley, the term refers to a type of groundstroke—a stroke in which the ball has bounced before it is struck. It contrasts with the backhand, the other type of groundstroke. For a right-handed player, the forehand is a stroke that begins on the right side of his body, continues across his body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the left side of his body. It is considered the easiest shot to master, perhaps because it is the most natural stroke. Beginners and advanced players often have better forehands than any other shots and use it as a weapon.

Most forehands are hit with topspin because it helps keep the ball from landing outside the court. On some occasions, such as an approach shot, a player can opt to hit with backspin, which...

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The backhand is a tennis shot in which one swings the racquet around one's body with the back of the hand preceding the palm. Except in the phrase backhand volley, the term refers to a groundstroke (that is, one in which the ball has bounced before it is struck). It contrasts with the other kind of groundstroke, the forehand. The term is also used in other racquet sports, and other areas where a similar motion is employed (for example while throwing a sport disc).

The backhand is usually performed from the baseline or as an approach shot. For a right-handed player, a backhand begins with the racquet on the left side of the body, continues across the body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the right side of the body, with the racquet over the right shoulder. The backhand can be a one-handed or two-handed stroke

Because the player's dominant hand "pulls" into the shot, the backhand generally lacks the power and consistency of the forehand, and is usually...

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