Introduction to the One-Handed Backhand Progressions
Welcome to the tennis one-handed backhand progressions section of the website. In this section we are going to assume that you don’t know how to hit a one-handed backhand and we are going to go from absolutely nothing to a fundamentally sound one-hander by building your stroke up through a series of simple steps, or progressions. You’ll be able to take this backhand and start to turn it into a weapon.
The way we examine the one-hander in this section is different from how we examined the shot in the fundamentals section of the website. In that section we went chronologically through the one-hander, from start to finish and we looked at what every good player does during the one-handed backhand. But knowing what great players do when they hit their one-hander doesn’t necessarily teach you how to hit a one-hander.
For example, in this section we start you out at your contact point rather than in the ready position because knowing what contact looks and feels like is critical to building a technically sound backhand. So the organization is a little bit different in this section.
If you can master the steps we lay out here, you will be well on your way to developing an effective and fundamentally sound one-handed backhand that you can begin to turn into a dynamic and forceful weapon.