The Two-Handed Backhand

Introduction to the Two-Handed Backhand Fundamentals
This video introduces the two-handed backhand fundamentals section and explains how we teach the shot.

1 Pivot and Shoulder Turn
The pivot and shoulder turn is the first thing all professional tennis players do when the hit a two-handed backhand. It puts you in position to move to the ball and begins your racket take-back by virtue of your shoulders turning sideways.

2 Take Your Racket all the way Back
Once you complete your pivot and shoulder turn you need to take the racket all the way back and turn completely sideways. You’re now allowed to use your arms to take the racket back.

3 Swing to Contact
Swinging to contact requires you to do three things at the same time: 1) push off your outside leg, 2) rotate your body back toward the net, and 3) drop the racket down and swing it forward. Your contact point is out in front of your body, about waist-high.

4 Follow Through
The follow through completes your two-handed backhand motion by smoothly decelerating the tennis racket and your body. The racket finishes up, over your shoulder.

Summary of the Two-Handed Backhand Fundamentals
This video summarizes the mechanics necessary to hit a two-hander from start to finish.

  • Mark

    I found that twohanded fundamentals great, but you never explain how to grip a racket. How you place one hand and where the other.

  • Yogesh

    I like to which type of grip we can use for double handed backhand.

  • Swetha_0407

    thanx will

  • KD Guest

    dominant hand- CONTINENTAL ALWAYS
    non dominant hand – eastern, semi western (try not to get too extreme with this hand’s grip)

    if you do it right it’ll work. promise

  • KD Guest

    dominant hand- CONTINENTAL ALWAYS
    non dominant hand – eastern, semi western (try not to get too extreme with this hand’s grip)

    if you do it right it’ll work. promise

  • KD Guest

    cuz federer hits a one handed backhand, duh. plus nadal slice some returns on the hard courts. whichever backhand you learn, eventually progress to adding a slice

  • Ricobernardino

    Learning professional lessons for free..! Thanks

  • jack barnett

    my back hand is the best

  • jack barnett

    my back hand is the best

  • Serghei_ranga

    What about synchronizing tossing arm and the arm holding the racket?

  • Flyersbrando

    The toss is important. It keeps everything else in sync. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000691295215 Kevin Saelee

    i started out one handed then i switch off to two handed i’m better now

  • bill blair

    how about “cocking” the  wrists to give added  snap on the ball and keeping the elbow fairly close to the body.

  • jack barnett

    things are going great for my tennis 

  • two-handed backhand inquirer

    Hi, I had a question about the racket takeback for the two hander: while you’re taking the racket back, why do we see most pros keep the racket head up, and then drop the racket head before accelerating up and through the ball? Why not just bring the racket down with the racket head below your wrists?

    Thanks

  • Terro

    they do that to make sure that the swing stays loose, ofcourse your idea makes a lot of sense but there MUST be a ‘racket drop’ in the swing otherwise you’ll end up very stiff, especially under pressure.
    Hope this helps :)