Simple Modern Tennis 

By Kevin Nguyen


The Basics of the Two-Handed Backhand

Posted by CoachKevin on July 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM


Part I – What grip should you be using? How to grip the handle?


The two-handed backhand does not exactly have a magic grip you should be using with your non-dominant hand; however, a continental grip is the best choice for your dominant hand. Your dominant hand should be gripping the racket on the bottom end of the racket, whereas your non-dominant hand is placed right above it. Your grip for your non-dominant hand should be some kind of forehand grip – an eastern or semi western grip is ideal. (See Picture above for a visual of the two-handed grip)


Once you have the two-handed backhand grip down, move on to the next step.



 Note: Your non-dominat hand is always the boss of the two-handed backhand.

Part II – Coiling your body and proper footwork


Once you get into your two-handed backhand grip in the ready position, you begin the coiling phase of the stroke by stepping to the left with your left foot. As you are stepping to the left, take the racket straight back and turn your shoulders far enough to where you can see your right shoulder in front of you. Now once you are turned, step in with your right foot so that it is in front of your left leg to add forward momentum into your shot. (See Picture above for examples of the coiling and footwork)


You are now ready to move on to the swinging phase; the difficult part.





Part III – The forward swing phase and the follow-through


Note: Before moving on to the forward swing phase, it is important to know when dropping the racket head, that it is up to you to drop your arm into a straight-arm position like John Isner of USA or in a more bent position like David Ferrer of Spain. I personally recommend the straight-arm.

Now once you have stepped into the ball, when doing the forward swing, your body is what swings and accelerates your arm. You begin the forward swing phase by opening up your body to your target; also known as uncoiling. And as a result of the uncoiling, the racket will naturally fall into the buttcap position (See picture above) and then immediately your arm will spring and accelerate forward through the ball, creating tremendous racket-head speed and easy power. 

Once the hitting arm has been accelerated through the ball, the follow-through should often be over your shoulder where the left arm is a position where it looks like you can look at your watch.


 Check out video examples of Murray:


Q:How similar is the backhand technique to the forehand?

A:It is essentially the same thing in terms of the use of the core (body); a lefty forehand but with the right arm for extra support.

This is my guide on the basics of the two-handed backhand. Hope you find it helpful!






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