Start in the Ready Position
The third step of the two-handed backhand progressions is to start in the ready position. Pivot with your outside foot, turn your shoulders, and bring the racket straight back with no loop to the racket-back position. You want to end up in the racket back position that we discussed in the previous video.
At 0:20 you can see that I start facing the net in the ready position. I pivot my outside foot out, and I begin to turn my shoulders. Just like we mentioned in the backhand fundamentals section of the website, this is how the tennis racket starts to come back on your backhand side. The arms aren’t doing anything just yet. Once I’ve completed the pivot and the shoulder turn I use my arms to bring the racket straight back. I’m now in the racket-back position we discussed in the previous video.
If we watch me shadow this one more time you can see that I bring the racket back with no loop. What I am trying to do is make sure that I can transition from the ready position to the racket-back position immediately with no frills added. From the racket-back position I am going to use the exact same mechanics we have been working on in the previous videos to swing and hit.
Let’s now watch me hit some tennis balls with this technique. From the ready position, you can see at 1:05 that I pivot and turn my shoulders and then take the racket straight back with no loop. I get my body sideways, and then use all those same mechanics we’ve talked about to swing forward to the tennis ball and then follow through. I freeze when my arms are fully extended in front of me during the follow through.
From the back view, what I want to emphasize from this angle is that when I pivot and turn and bring the racket back, the racket is coming *straight back.* There is no loop in my backswing. You want to make sure that you transition from the ready position to the racket back position very cleanly. I’m not trying to hit hard here, I’m just trying to work the technique.