Learn from a Tennis Pro: Two-Handed Backhand
Mastering the two-handed backhand will give you a powerful stroke which, when combined with a one-handed backhand slice, will add great variety to your game.
Our guest pro for this demonstration is Carl Bryan, certified coach by the Professional Tennis Registry. Bryan trained at the Weil Academy in Ojai, California. and spent years as the hitting partner for Mike and Bob Bryan on the pro tour. He also coached in Spain, France and Italy. Today he teaches at the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club and at Weddington Golf & Tennis, both in the Los Angeles area. You can reach Carl Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are Bryan's nine steps to mastering the two-handed backhand:
Step 11 of 10
Stand in the split-step and ready position. Prepare yourself for an efficient, compact backswing and two wide shoulder turns.
Step 22 of 10
Keep your feet planted and turn your shoulders and racquet together. The non-dominant hand will be leading and driving through the ball while the dominant arm is getting out of the way. Sidestep your outside leg a bit to make it easier to step into the shot. Now you should be looking over your dominant shoulder.
Step 33 of 10
Step into the shot. Let your racquet head drop below the height of the ball for top spin or right at the height of the ball for a flat shot. The butt cap of your racquet should face the incoming ball. Begin your forward swing.
Step 44 of 10
Make contact out in front with your racquet parallel to the net. Your body will drive through the ball towards your target. Your legs, shoulders and arms should move in unison.
Step 55 of 10
Keep your head steady as you watch the ball and drive your shot through and up. The racquet should be parallel to the net before it goes up.
Step 66 of 10
Follow your swing through over your dominant shoulder. Your elbows should finish high. Keep your eyes at the point of contact.
Step 77 of 10
When you started out with your two-handed backhand, you were looking over your dominant shoulder. As you finish the shot, you should be looking over your non-dominant shoulder.
Step 88 of 10
Recover with either a shuffle or crossover step, depending on how wide you were pulled off the court for the shot.
Step 99 of 10
Return to the split-step and ready position to prepare for your next shot.