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How to Hit a Two-Handed Backhand

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In this video you will learn how to hit a two handed backhand.

Do check out the video on the one handed backhand as well as the down the line and crosscourt.

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In this video, you will learn how to hit a two handed backhand.

In tennis, it is one of the most fundamental groundstrokes

The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through

Use the two handed backhand grip

The bottom hand grip is a continental grip or like a chopping or hammering grip, whereas the top hand holds the racket in theeastern or semi-western forehand grip

Do a split step and get into the ready position with legs slighlty apart and knees flexed

Turn the body by doing a unit turn with the dominant leg slightly in front and the dominant shoulder pointing to the net

The front foot should point diagonally so that you can twist the body easily

To turn, lift the dominant leg's heel off the ground and pivot on the other foot

Twist the upper body and transfer the weight to the backhand side foot

Do not use the hands to take the racket back at this stage

The racket head should be pointing upward with the strings in a neutral position, parallel to the alleys

The chin should be close to the front shoulder

As you prepare to hit the ball, your weight should be on your back foot, ready to transfer to your front foot

The shot

Drop the racket behind you and swing forward in a C movement, up and across

Relax your hand and let your racket head drop below the height of the ball just before transferring weight to your front foot, and step into the shot

Hit under the ball with a brushing effect to generate top spin

At contact, the arm should be extended and the ball should be in front and a little to the side of your front hip

Present firm wrists with the side of the racket perpendicualr to the ground

The follow through

Extend the racket through the strike zone as long as possible

Swing the racket across the opposite shoulder and step forward

The butt capp should point upward when you finish your stroke

After hitting the shot get back into the ready position to negotiate the next ball

Practice the two handed backhand stroke against the wall or with a partner

Enjoy your game


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