How to handle a shoulder high ball with the 2H backhand?

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    I am never really comfortable with my 2hander especially for high balls. My 2hander has a low takeback (waist level), would that be the problem? Unfortunately, I just can't execute a high takeback for the 2hander, it just feels too awkward for me. And what about the swing path? Is the swing path more diagonal for high balls rather than parabolical as you would for low balls. Please help.
    BTW, I am still practicing the 2hander but for matches I predominantly use the one hander.
     
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  2. Camilio Pascual

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    How well do you handle that shot with a 1 hander?
     
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  3. TennsDog

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    For high balls, your takeback should be higher than normal. When you swing, swing right through it rather flat, don't try to come up behind it for topspin. The fact that you cannot take the racket back at the same height as the ball with give some topspin. Also go flat to get depth. Odds are you are going to be playing a rather defensive or neutral shot without much power, so a flat shot will give you good control and more depth. One thing that works for me is to really go after the shot, don't be whimpy about it. Of course, I used to have a one-handed backhand and then I switched, but some stuff stayed with me, like a good one-handed backhand slice, and usually on balls like what you're saying I will let go and hit a one-handed shot. Sometimes I will take it with two hands, though.
     
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  4. Golden Retriever

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    With a 1hander I will usually slice it, sometimes I will block it back. I want to nail it like Venus Williams.
     
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  5. gmlasam

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    For high balls, another way is to jump up by raising your left knee to the ball. Its like doing a lay up in basketball. Double handed pros do this when hitting high balls with top spin.
     
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  6. kevhen

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    Not that any balls seem high to me being 6'4 but high kickers to my 2HBH I take with a waist high backswing and then swing even higher to like shoulder level with alot of topspin and lift to get up and over the high incoming kicker to reverse it's spin. I will almost jump up like what Safin does with my left leg to get even higher and seem to be grunting on these to really fight them back over the net with as much pace as possible so the opposing netman in doubles doesn't get involved. If I were a foot shorter, I am not sure how I would deal with these balls, overhead?
     
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  7. Cypo

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    One of the things I like about a two hander is that it's easier to move in and take the ball on the rise with it. You can also move back and take the ball as it's falling if it's not too deep.
     
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  8. Frank Silbermann

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    When Jimmy Connors used his high two-hander to power a winner, it seemed as though the racquet was in almost a vertical position. That is, the racquet face was at head level, but his hands were at chest level.
     
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