The Backhand

Rafael Nadal hits a backhand.

When you hit the tennis ball on your non-dominant side, you are hitting a backhand. There are several types of backhands you can hit — a one-handed backhand, a two-handed backhand, and a slice backhand. This section of contains videos that teach you the techniques – both fundamental and advanced – that every pro uses to hit a backhand. We teach the backhand by breaking the shot down into easy-to-follow steps using videos and pictures of some of the top pros on tour. We then move to progressions — essentially a series of drills you can do to build the fundamentals of the shot. Finally, we present more advanced techniques that will turn your backhand into a formidable weapon.

ONE-HANDED BACKHAND

One-Handed Backhand Fundamentals (START HERE)
This section focuses on the fundamentals of the one-handed backhand — the things that every single pro tennis player does every time they hit the shot.

One-Handed-Backhand-Progressions
The progressions videos present a series of steps you can follow to build your one-handed backhand from scratch. In the One-Handed Backhand Fundamentals section we showed you what every top player does the same when they hit the shot. However, simply knowing what the pros do doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to hit the shot.

TWO-HANDED BACKHAND

Two-Handed Backhand Fundamentals (START HERE)
This section focuses on the fundamentals of the two-handed-backhand — the things that every single pro tennis player does every time they hit the shot.

Two-Handed Backhand Progressions
The progressions videos present a series of steps you can follow to build your two-handed backhand from scratch. In the Two-Handed Backhand Fundamentals section we showed you what every top player does the same when they hit the shot. However, simply knowing what the pros do doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to hit the shot.

SLICE BACKHAND

Slice Backhand Fundamentals
This section focuses on the fundamentals of the slice backhand — the things that every single pro tennis player does every time they hit the shot.

ADVANCED BACKHAND TECHNIQUE

Advanced Backhand Technique
In this section we take a close look at some of the more advanced techniques that pro tennis players use when hitting their backhands. We go into detail about the various elements of the backhand — really focus on the minutia — to help you better understand what’s going on over the course of the motion.

  • jonnny_temperance

    Thanks once again for another great series of videos. How you break down the mechanics of all of these strokes makes all the difference in effective instructing. You add an element of science which means everything to those who (are new to the game – like me) and feel that tennis is all art. By following your step by step fundamentals, I can honestly say I see more consistency. Still a long way to go on this journey, but your videos atleast provide the appropriate bearing. That goes for all of your lesson videos – forehand, serve, backhand, etc. Thank you for putting them together and offering them online. They are an incredible learning tool.

  • peter

    i don’t find the vedio , there’s nothing except some unopened picture“`i don’t know why “

  • Cameron Foster

    I can not seem to find a section on drills for the different strokes specifically backhand drills.

  • KD Guest

    intosport has some videos with drill ideas

  • KD Guest

    —thank goodness you changed, you were on your way to certain wrist PAIN. the dominant hand should ALWAYS be CONTINENTAL for a 2 hander. the other can stay semi western. but you already changed it. whew—

  • robby

    FYB is pretty good. I still feel there could be some better drills and focus of common mistakes with strokes on the site. However, one cannot have too much expectation from a free product. So FYB are doing a great job. One can simply perfect their serves even if playing from scratch by just watching the videos here on FYB whilst maintaining great power and control. The same for forehands. So pat yourself on the back FYB for the good work done while keeping it all free.

  • Natasha Bykanova

    Andy himself would be very glad for some tips on it. As far as I know he was considering changing it to a one-handed backhand at one point.

  • Callum_smellum

    WTF I’m the best tennis player here

  • carla

    no your not, your shithouse

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  • Mark

    I have subscribed but I still don’t see the video…am I doing something wrong?

  • kat

    Judging from your previous posts, you are a rather crude individual. Why don’t you keep your opinions to yourself if you can’t say anything nice? 

  • mark bruce

    i like boys

  • mark bruce

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  • james bolton

    ill back hand you mate

  • zac buckley

    i like tennis balls up my bum

  • james bolton

    This is apsolutly disgusting i sugest lubing it up before you try next time

  • anal23

    the friction would hurt but

  • top group in tennis

    western grip ;)

  • Callum_Smellbum

    can Some one  please help, my mother never potty trained me.

  • callum mann

    i like to stick my hand up my bottom

  • Toniboada

     How do I hit a back hand down the line. Most of my back hands go across the court. When I try hitting down the line balls go to the midle or out.

  • guest

    Turn your body more to the left (assuming you’re right handed). Foot positioning is important in determining where you hit…