Video:Quick Tip: Perfect the Backswing of a Two-Handed Backhandwith Jeff Cooper
The two-handed backhand has the simplest backswing of all groundstrokes in tennis. Watch this video from About.com to learn how to make it foolproof.See Transcript
Transcript:Quick Tip: Perfect the Backswing of a Two-Handed Backhand
Hi, I'm Jeff Cooper for About.com, here to help you perfect the backswing on your two-handed backhand.
Basics for the Backswing of a Two-Handed Backhand
For a two-handed backhand, you want to start in ready position, with your racquet out in front, your feet pointing at the net.
Completing the Backswing of a Two-Handed Backhand
As you see the ball coming to your backhand side, step forward with your right foot, bend your knees, point the tip of the racquet at the back fence, and have the face somewhat closed on the backswing, because as you swing forward, it will naturally open up to reach a vertical plane at your point of contact. If you started with the strings vertical back here, by the time you got to your point of contact, you'd be tilted slightly upward, but this is a lot less pronounced an effect on the two-hander than it is on a forehand or on a one-handed backhand.
Finding the Proper Backswing for a Two-Handed Backhand
The way to find the proper backswing is to start at your point of contact, then without turning your wrists, pull the racquet back and see how much it tilts down. That you can do consistently over and over again without having to turn your wrists to get to a vertical racquet face.
Here's a basic two-handed backhand.
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