Add a Loop
The fourth step of the two-handed backhand progressions is to start adding a loop to your backhand. Most modern twohanders have some sort of loop to them. The racket doesn’t come straight back, it actually comes up and points up slightly as it comes back. So the way to start building a loop is to get yourself into the position we were in in video number two, the racket-back position. Now, raise the racket up slightly and point the racket head up about 45 degrees. The exact angle doesnt matter, but you do want to make sure that you keep the relationship between your arm and racket the same.
From here, just drop the racket down to the racket-back position and use the same mechanics as the previous videos to swing forward and follow through.
Let’s now watch me shadow this motion at 0:45 in the video above. You can see the position I’m starting in is very similar to video number two, except the racket is slightly higher up and it is angled up 45 degrees. I just drop the racket down and then swing forward.
Now it’s time to hit some tennis balls from the top of the loop. I do that by starting with my body sideways and the racket angled up. You can see that I just drop the racket down into the racket-back position.
If we watch it from the back view, you can see that these mechanics are really simple. Just drop the tennis racket down and swing forward.