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How To Master The Double-Handed Backhand

How To Master The Double-Handed Backhand

This film shows you to how to perform the double-handed backhand in tennis. This is an alternative to the one-handed approach, but just as rewarding and simple to learn. Master the two-handed backhand in tennis to ensure you beat family and friends.

Step 1: Your position

Begin at the baseline in the ready position. For greater flexibility you can bounce. This keeps your body alert and ready. Alternatively you can shift your weight from side to side.

Watch the ball as it leaves your opponent's racket. As soon as you see the ball is going towards your backhand side, prepare.

Step 2: Your grip

As you are already using the continental grip for the ready position, your right hand is in the correct position, with the V of your thumb and forefinger on the top bevel of the handle.

Now simply slide your left hand down from the throat of the racket onto the handle. This is the correct grip for your double-handed backhand.

If you are left handed simply reverse these instructions.

There is an easy way to find this grip. Simply slide your right hand down the frame of the racket onto the handle. Then place your left hand above it.

Step 3: Backswing

As you move towards the ball, simply pivot your feet.

This will place your front shoulder square-on to the ball, as you perform the backswing.

As you take the racket back across your chest, rotate your shoulders, keeping your hips in line with them.

Step 4: Your swing

Accelerate the racket into contact with the ball, shifting your weight onto your front foot.

For the double handed backhand the control of the shot is in your left hand. The right hand simply guides.

Your aim is to meet the ball in front of you, ideally at waist height. Don't wait for it to reach your side!

Tip: Don't let the racket be too close to your body. Your stroke will become cramped if it is.

Step 5: Follow through

Follow through with your racket ending high, turning your shoulders as you do so.

Remain balanced for a second or two after the ball has gone, and then allow your momentum to take you into the ready position.

That's all there is to it. Now you're ready to use this attacking double-handed backhand that will beat your opponent the VideoJug way!