Take the Racket Back

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Step 2The second thing pros do when they hit a two-handed backhand is take their tennis racket all the way back and continue to turn their shoulders. This essentially completes their preparation.

Remember, you started your take back with the pivot and shoulder turn, but once you complete that first step you can now use your arms, as well as a continued shoulder turn, to get the tennis racket all the way back.

At 13 seconds in the video, from the completion of my pivot and shoulder turn, I use my arms and my shoulders to complete my take back. At 25 seconds we clip to the front view. When I get the tennis racket back I’m also looking over my front shoulder at the oncoming tennis ball. Also, I’ve turned my body completely sideways. You can turn a little bit further than sideways to the net if you like. The key, however, is to make sure that you get ATLEAST sideways to the net.

At 45 seconds in the video we watch Frank’s two-handed backhand from the completion of his pivot and shoulder turn. Having completed the first step of the backhand, how he uses his arms as well as his shoulders to take the tennis racket all the way back. Once he does that, he’ll be looking over his front shoulder at the oncoming tennis ball and his body will be sideways to the net.

At 1:08 we compare my two-handed backhand to Frank’s. Just like Frank, having completed my pivot and shoulder turn I use my arms and my shoulders to get the racket all the way back. I’m looking over my front shoulder and the tennis ball and my body is sideways.

At 1:28 in the video we look at some pictures of Serena Williams’ two-handed backhand. In the first picture, Serena has completed her pivot and shoulder turn and the tennis racket has started to come back. It’s approximately parallel with the baseline at this point. In the next picture, Serena has completed her take back by using her arms and her shoulders to get the tennis racket completely back. Her body is now sideways and she’s looking over her shoulder at the tennis ball.