Backhand

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  1. TennisGuy06

    TennisGuy06 New User

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    I'm trying to switch from a one-handed backhand to a two-handed backhand for more power, but i'm having some trouble. Do you have any advice?
     
  2. TennsDog

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    I also switched from a self-taught one hander to a two handed backhand 2 years ago. I had someone coaching me so the transitino went well. What specifically do you have problems with? Hitting it long? into the net? no control? This may affect advice given.
     
  3. Anonymous

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    1. Hold the racquet in the proper grip so that it is slightly closed as you hit
    2. Lay your elbows on your sides, for the backswing only rotate your body, don't take your arms off
    3. Step in to the ball
    4. Releasing your arms hit through the ball while keeping your head still
    5. Finish up high
     
  4. TennisGuy06

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    thanx. I'm having power/control issues. either the backhand is weak and barely clears or is like a semi-lob, or i hit it hard and it soars out or hits the net.
     
  5. touchytennis

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    to flatten it out abit, as in keep making the trajectory go longer and at a more horizontal axis, just shift your weight into the shot.
     
  6. C_Urala

    C_Urala Semi-Pro

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    You should meet the ball not that far from your body. With a 1hbh, you meet the ball way in front of your body. With a 2hbh, you meet the ball later, when the ball is at the level of your front knee. Sorry for misprints and other mistakes, we just had a guy who came from The US and we had a hell of a party. I'm drunk as a ...........
    Sorry, guys/gals..
     
  7. Bungalo Bill

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    The first thing your going to notice is it feels stiff. That is the usual response from people learning the twohander. It will feel stiff. It will feel stiff for several weeks. The brain is gathering new information and it will "get it" and loosen up those new nuerlogical paths and free the tightness.

    Work on one thing. Relaxation. Relax and find out where you like to hit it. It will be around the front knee area. Keep your elbows in then as you make contact free them. Work on a good shoulder turn and push from your back foot into the ball.

    Touch each shoulder with your chin on your takeback and followthrough. Be very relaxed. Keep your head still. Watch your racquet make contact with the ball and then go out of vision for a portion of the followthrough.

    Stay on your toes. Keep your feet in the shot. No flat footedness!

    Be sure to practice with slow slow balls. You are trying to groove a couple things; relaxation, and your swing. No heroics! That is 6 months away.
     
  8. TwistServe

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    Bungalo.. I think I read on one of your posts that a 1hander takes about a year to be usable (4.0 level).. Is the average 2hander 6 months until its usable?
     
  9. Bungalo Bill

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    Yes you are correct. There is a faster learning curve for the twohander.

    The onehander requires more time to gain strength, timing and fluidness for low, mid, and high balls. There are more body segments to coordinate as well then the twohanders two body segment stroke.
     
  10. BigboyDan

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    The two-handed backhand is a left handed shot for a right-handed player. Most trouble when switching comes from the player not understanding this. You MUST have a dominant left hand and a weak right hand when gripping the racquet. Start off by hitting slow speed balls pitched to you by a partner at the net, "push the ball" with a left-handed forehand. When you can get the ball over the net consistantly (not hard, just consistantly), then put your right hand on the racquet handle, and... you're off and running.
     
  11. Bungalo Bill

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    I would agree with you for the most part. However, I for one do not have a dominant righthand (i am left handed) and can pop a twohander as I use a more balanced stroke.

    For most players your comment is true. Players should work on establishing their non-dominant hand as the one that is hitting the stroke. But the twohander and tennis can be altered to satisfy a player. Many twohanders either have a dominant top hand, balanced hands, or the bottom hand drives the stroke and the top hand helps push the racquet into the stroke.

    The twohanded backhand is one of the few strokes that has a lot of latitude to personal style. Some use straight arms, others use bent arms. Another area of the twohander is gripping the racquet. Some overlap their fingers, others hold their fist next to each other, and some have it spread out a bit.

    Also, the kind of grips a twohander uses influences hand dominance. So to flat out say that non-dominant hand only - leaves out those players that prefer otherwise.
     
  12. BigboyDan

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    Bungalo Bill,

    I agree with you. Just trying to get him started. No stroke is without modification based on each's talent and needs.
     
  13. Bungalo Bill

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    Agreed, please keep your contributions coming. I enjoy reading them.
     
  14. Goldberg

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    i am also tring to improve my 2 handed BH. All of these tips are great and i cant wait to get on the court and try them but i have one question:

    What about the Knee-bend? How much should you bend the knees and how much of the power from this shot comes from the legs? with the forehand i usually try to get real low and use as much of my legs as possible.

    Just wondering how to incoporate the knees and legs into this shot.
    thanks!
     
  15. 5.0 TopDog

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    Having a proper footwork is the key for twohands backhand. You have to get to the ball early and be inline with it at contact for the best result. Drive the ball with your lefthand and use your righthand to stablelize the racquet. Also your shoulder and hip rotation is very important. For one hand backhand, shoulder and hip rotation is not require but it's a must for two hander so you must get use to these factors before you can hit a solid and consistent backhand....good luck
     
  16. Bungalo Bill

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    The legs are involved in every groundstroke. Most of what you learned on your forehand transfers over to the backhand. If you bend the knees you will figure out how they contribute to the shot especially since you know how to do it on the forehand side.
     
  17. TwistServe

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    Bill your tips are great. I was struggling with the 1hander and than switched to a 2hander last month... After reading your tips, I told my coach I wanted to go back to 1hander to see how I do again.. He got a little angry because I keep switching backhands but he said okay.. And he feed me some balls.. He was definitely impressed.. After just a few strokes I really got my rhythm.. Topspin + depth + control.. I just need to work on faster preparation!
     
  18. Bungalo Bill

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    Well that is great news. I appreciate the feedback. I sometimes wonder if this stuff is helping. always good to hear this. Thanks.

    And your right, the onehanders preparation is very important.
     
  19. C_Urala

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    I have noticed it as well. Sometimes, my 1hbh is off and I spray balls with it everywhere. In this case, I switch to the 2hbh and do maybe a dozen of hits. Then, I switch back to onehander and it works again.
    I guess, it's something about striking zone and point of contact.
     

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