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    Posted: 04/28/2013 at 9:28am
Andrzej Grubba was doing it, Timo sometimes does it, even at our club there is a hitter guy about 1700 level who routinely switches hands a lot and hits very well from both sides (pips on the backhand)... can hand-switching be done really effectively? Can this be a substitute for a weak backhand? Any thoughts? Could we have more of that technique at higher levels of play?
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Even a weak backhand is usually stronger than the alternate hand's FH. Players usually switch hands in emergency situations. Example they are on the wide FH side and the ball is played to their wide BH.
The other time they switch is basically to show-off.
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Originally posted by Tinykin Tinykin wrote:

Even a weak backhand is usually stronger than the alternate hand's FH. Players usually switch hands in emergency situations. Example they are on the wide FH side and the ball is played to their wide BH.
The other time they switch is basically to show-off.
...okay, that would be the common knowledge (sorry), with the exception of the 1700 guy I mentioned who really does it better switching hands rather than using his BH. That made me wonder if some1 could perhaps excel at this tactic. That could be quite interesting...
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Actually if a player has equal ability with both hands he can do it but I would take two times more training and adapting really fast
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+1    It seems like the time spent practicing opposite hand shots could be better spent on footwork drills.
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Originally posted by Danhs1 Danhs1 wrote:

+1    It seems like the time spent practicing opposite hand shots could be better spent on footwork drills.
I don't know... footwork drills may be hard to beat, true, but this is a different cup of tea we are talking about here
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In one of the videos of the CNT one of the coaches said that they already tried it but changing the blade from one hand to the other was slow compared to the regular two winged looper. They have people that are always trying to come up with new techniques to improve their game but this one did not work...
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Originally posted by JacekGM JacekGM wrote:

Originally posted by Danhs1 Danhs1 wrote:

+1    It seems like the time spent practicing opposite hand shots could be better spent on footwork drills.
I don't know... footwork drills may be hard to beat, true, but this is a different cup of tea we are talking about here
Just try it. I'm sure it'll work very well if you put in the time. It's just as other, say, it's probably better to spend time practising more conventional stuff. But who wants to be conventional?
Go ahead and practise for a few months. Even if it doesn't become a part of your regular game, it'll be a good surprise shot to have. 
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Originally posted by JacekGM JacekGM wrote:

Andrzej Grubba was doing it, Timo sometimes does it, even at our club there is a hitter guy about 1700 level who routinely switches hands a lot and hits very well from both sides (pips on the backhand)... can hand-switching be done really effectively? Can this be a substitute for a weak backhand? Any thoughts? Could we have more of that technique at higher levels of play?


I do it as a last resort when the ball is wide to my BH and already past me off the table a few feet so I couldn't do any other shot, works well sometimes saves a point since I lob with sidespin at their BH. I don't really practice this just my natural shot. I can play offhand and beat beginners up to low level intermediate or 1200-1400 USATT rating, without practicing.

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Originally posted by LUCKYLOOP LUCKYLOOP wrote:

Originally posted by JacekGM JacekGM wrote:

Andrzej Grubba was doing it, Timo sometimes does it, even at our club there is a hitter guy about 1700 level who routinely switches hands a lot and hits very well from both sides (pips on the backhand)... can hand-switching be done really effectively? Can this be a substitute for a weak backhand? Any thoughts? Could we have more of that technique at higher levels of play?


I do it as a last resort when the ball is wide to my BH and already past me off the table a few feet so I couldn't do any other shot, works well sometimes saves a point since I lob with sidespin at their BH. I don't really practice this just my natural shot. I can play offhand and beat beginners up to low level intermediate or 1200-1400 USATT rating, without practicing.
Cool, I mean it is great that you can do it. 
It is also of interest if professional players could benefit from a technique like that. From what various people shared here so far, I still do not know. Maybe it takes a special talent for doing this trick very well? It might be quite effective if a guy could loop real hard from both right and left wing...


Edited by JacekGM - 04/30/2013 at 7:09pm
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