aah....pulling my two handed backhand with right arm

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  1. Russiadude

    Russiadude New User

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    Okay, here's the deal. I used to have an effective two-handed backhand. In fact I used to be a chopper on my forehand side so the only powerful shot I had was my two hander. Now I have a pretty well rounded game but my for some reason I started pulling my backhand with my right hand during the swing. It causes great inconsistency and a very big problem. Is there anything I can do to make sure I always use my left hand to drive the swing? I hear that practicing lefty forehands helps but this is often hard to do because I'm definitely not consistent with the stroke.
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

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    Well, that is the secret to get out of it (hit opposite forehands). The other thing is to grip the tophand tighter than the lower and really emphasize pushing the racquet through the ball with the upper hand.

    Some people on this board claim they have practiced this against a backboard but to be honest with you when you are first learning how to do it, it is one boring and irritating drill. You end up chasing more balls than actually hitting them.

    You need to find a ball machine or a practice partner willing to feed you SLOW balls to coordinate the arm and the back leg to swing. You really need to say HIT BOUNCE HIT to develop your timing and rythm. I just got off the courts today and helped a woman player. She actually was told to hit a onehanded backhand. Try as I may, I could not get her to quit moving her wrist around. I asked her how long has she been hitting the onehander and she said about two years. Two years! She said she was coached and no one told her she was leading with the elbow nor that her wrist went through several different positions throughout the swing!

    I asked if she has ever thought about hitting a twohanded backhand, she said yes, but her coach never helped her with it. So, the very first drill was hitting lefthanded forehands to coordinate the weaker back leg (non-dominant leg) with her weaker arm forehand (tophand). She hit the ball better with her lefthanded forehand then her two year old onehander! Needless to say, she was very pleased.

    once we put the bottom hand back on the racquet (after 50 slow balls), she began to pull with the bottom-hand. She is used to that! So we went back to lefthanded forehands and then placed the bottom-hand lightly on the racquet, she improved. So there you go, if she can do it you can do it!
     
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  3. gmlasam

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    Bungalo Bill,

    Would you clarify what you mean by tophand and lowerhand? I'm assuming, for a right hander, tophand is the righthand and lowerhand is the lefthand in a righthanded 2hb. Is this a correct assumption?
     
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  4. Agent Smith

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    Top hand is the left hand for righties
     
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  5. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    That is an absolutely incorrect assumption.
     
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  6. Bungalo Bill

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    For a righthanded player, you will be hitting the twohander on your left side (weaker side). The left leg and left arm will be dominating the stroke, and the movement to the ball. This is your weaker side so it has to be trained. Coordination, weight transfer, balance and timing all have to be practiced. So the twohander will feel awkward for about a month of good practice. It will take 6 months before you really feel relaxed and begin to flow with the stroke on most shots.

    The left hand is on top of the right hand on the twohanded backhand for a righthanded player. You place your wieght on the back foot (left foot) then push or transfer your weight forward into the shot.

    The key is to move your hands together while pushing with the top hand (left hand). Keep the top hand laid back all the way through contact and a large part of the followthrough. Relax the shoulders and swing by having your front shoulder touch your chin for the backswing to your backshoudler touching your chin on the followthrough. You have to relax your back muscles and shoulder musles to accomplish this correctly.

    Guide the racquet with both hands (tophand is still laid back) into the ball. The lefthand should be felt more in the push while both hands work together in the forward swing.

    Make contact with your body facing in a 45 degree angle or towards facing the net post on a majority of your shots. That is the holy grail of smooth tennis strokes.

    Keep your knees bent to free up your hips/knees to swivle in the shot. Make sure you do not lift up or pinch up your hitting shoulder right near contact. This usually happens because you think you need to add power. This also alters and raises the racquet path and mishits could occur. Relax the shoulders and swing like a pendulum.

    It will feel awkward at first because the stong side of your body does not know how to give up dominance. Make sure you get that front shoulder to touch your chin for a good backswing, than let it go comfortably into the ball. Dont jerk, spin, pull yourself out of the shot. Keep your eyes focused on the 45 degree line of contact.

    Then rip it. After hitting the shot bring your backfoot around for balance and recovery. This is different than the onehander which needs to drill with their balance over there front foot. The twohander is a rotational shot, the onehander more linear.
     
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  7. Russiadude

    Russiadude New User

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    Thanks guys and especially Bill. I guess ill try to work on my left hand to the point where it becomes the only way I can hit.
     
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  8. gmlasam

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    I second that. Bill your certainly an important contributor to this forum. Thanks!!!
     
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