Follow Through

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Step 4The fourth step of the two-handed backhand is the follow through. From my contact point, I extend out in the direction I’m hitting the tennis ball. At the same time I continue to rotate my upper body until I’m more or less facing the net. Once I’ve done this, I bring the tennis racket up over my shoulder by bending my elbows. That’s the end of my two-handed backhand motion.

At 24 seconds in the video we watch Frank follow through on his two-handed backhand. From contact, Frank begins his follow through by extending out in the direction he’s hitting the tennis ball. As he extends out he continues to rotate his upper body. To complete his two-handed backhand motion, he bends at the elbows and brings the tennis racket up over his shoulder. The key to the follow through is that it needs to be done smoothly so that you can decelerate the tennis racket and your body in a nice, easy motion.

At 55 seconds we use some pictures of Radek Stepanek’s two-handed backhand to demonstrate the mechanics of the follow through. In the first picture Stepanek has just made contact with the tennis ball. He’s extending out in the direction he’s hitting. You can see that he’s got great extension with his left arm. He’s also rotating is upper body back toward the net. In the next picture, he’s continued to rotate so that he’s pretty much facing the net. He’s also rapped the racket over his shoulder by bending at the elbows. This picture is the completion of Stepanek’s two-handed backhand motion.

  • Anonymous

    i’m looking for help on my topspin serve, i took lessons, but wasn’t able to finish working on the topspin serve with my teacher because i moved. i have my toss worked out well, and the direction of spin, but for some reason it has to much arch, i want it to be more direct, more power. idk how to fix it and i would appreciate any help.

  • Mike

    Your serve section talks a lot about hitting the first serve. Do you have a section/lesson that focuses on the second serve?

  • http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/ Will Hamilton

    Check out the kick serve lessons — that’s a nice option as a second serve

  • Christopher

    Hey FYB these are really great videos but after watching this i still cant get the serve down can you delve deeper so i can get a better understanding because it is the only thing i cant do well which makes it even more frustrating like i said great vids just with the serve they need to be more indepth :) thanks

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  • kcnwagba

    Think this should be 90 – 30. The dominant hand (right for you) just guides.

  • kcnwagba

    Great job as usual, Will. Didn’t talk about the final motion and position of the inner leg which may have been moved forward and the outer leg which would have just been relieved of the weight it was bearing.