Video:Quick Tip: Perfect the Point of Contact of a Two-Handed Backhandwith Jeff Cooper
The point of contact for your two-handed backhand in tennis largely determines how high your shot will fly. Watch this video from About.com to learn how to minimize shots that fly long or hit the net.See Transcript
Transcript:Quick Tip: Perfect the Point of Contact of a Two-Handed Backhand
Hi, I'm Jeff Cooper for About.com, here to help you perfect the point of contact for a two-handed backhand.
Tips for Perfecting the Point of Contact of a Two-Handed Backhand
How far forward you meet the ball on a two-handed backhand depends on your grip, but all two-handed points of contact have a few things in common. You want the long axis of the racquet parallel to the ground, you want your strings vertical, and you want the racquet not too close or reaching too far away.
Common Grips for Perfecting the Point of Contact of a Two-Handed Backhand
If you use the most common two-handed grip, where your left hand is in an Eastern forehand position and your right is Continental, you'll meet the ball pretty much even with the front hip of your body. If your left hand turns down more toward a Semi-Western grip, you'll usually want to meet the ball a little bit more forward, and if you use a double forehand grip, you can meet the ball just a little bit less forward.
Here's a basic two-handed backhand.
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