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Introduction to the Two-Handed Backhand Progressions
This video introduces the two-handed backhand progressions. This series will build you a fundamentally-sound two-hander from scratch.

1 Contact and Follow Through
The first step of the two-handed backhand progressions is to hit from contact. We’re starting here because it’s critically important to understand what contact looks and feels like.

2 Start with Racket Back
The second step in this series is to play from the racket-back position. Your tennis racket starts point at the back fence and your body is sideways. To get to contact, you rotate your body and transfer your weight forward.

3 Start in Ready Position
Now it’s time to hit from the ready position. When you pivot, turn your shoulders and take the racket back you shouldn’t have a loop in the backswing. We’ll add that in the next step.

4 Add a Loop
Now it’s time to add a simple loop. We do this by beginning in the racket-back position but angling the racket head up about 45 degress. To swing to contact, drop the racket down and rotate toward the net.

5 Hit Using Entire Motion
The final step of the progressions series is to hit using the entire two-handed backhand motion. Start by practicing the full motion from the service line with very deliberate mechanics. Once you become comfortable with the technique you can move back to the baseline.


  1. Anonymous says

    muy buenos todos los items, gracias

  2. Marcel P. Ribriro says

    Muito Bom ! Obrigado.

  3. Marcel P. Ribriro says

    Muito Bom ! Obrigado.

  4. amir says

    thank you very much great web site

  5. GpaJohn says

    Thank you, Wil. Thank you very much.

  6. Pap91rt50 says

    Nice slow visuals

  7. Sam Corso says

    I am a teaching pro (PTR) and I liked your video. So far I have only looked at one video, but I will start incorporating some of your teaching techniques in my tennis lessons.

    Slammin Sam Corso
    Syracuse, NY

  8. Rogerdignum says

    Thanks Will,
    My game has improved dramatically. Club members think I am having secret coaching. Roger D

  9. Craig says

    Backarm ‘back’ helps w/ balance and lessens too much rotation. Less upper body rotation = more consitency. The idea is to feel your back shoulder blades pinching as your non-hitting back arm flies back towards the fence.

  10. Craig says

    Technically the backhand is easier to hit than the forehand. The backhand swing forces the player to close the shoulder…whereas in the forehand you can hit it on so many different places along the swing path.

  11. Ben says

    good stuff!

  12. Tad says

    Great breakdown of the fundamentals.
    I look forward to trying them.

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