The advantage of a two-handed backhand |

The advantage of a two-handed backhand

Ed Jacques

A player with a two-handed backhand is better able to handle high-bouncing balls, particularly on high-bouncing serves. A medium-high bounce will cause some difficulty to a two-hander, but you still can hit a forcing shot with some topspin. On the other hand, it is very difficult for a player with a one-handed backhand to hit any kind of a forcing shot off a medium-high ball.

The two-handed is usually hit without changing grips with the right hand. This helps beginners and intermediates to learn the stroke faster. It is also an advantage to advanced players, particularly on service returns.Finally, the two-handed backhand, because of the power of two wrists, can be hit when off-balance, off the wrong foot, and when the ball is extremely hard hit or behind you. Here’s the key to understanding how to execute a two handed backhand.

On a two-handed backhand, the left hand holds the racket as close to the right hand as possible. The grip should be just as if you were going to hit a left-handed forehand. In fact, think “left-handed forehand” when hitting this shot. A two-handed backhand is met much closer to the body than a one-handed stroke. This is because the left arm is doing the work, and the body must rotate to permit the left arm to swing freely.

The right arm will bend more on the follow through. The shorter reach off the two-hander means you must take an extra step to get the ball, except on those hit very close to you.Vail, Colorado

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