How about teaching the Bjorn Borg backhand? In that stroke I see much of the mechanics of a 1hbh, from body posture, positioning, backswing, contact, and follow-through.
From the Borg backhand, the kid could easily progress to either a pure 1hbh or 2hbh.
The biggest deterrent I see is that the stroke looks weird and a coach might be negatively judged for teaching it.
Originally Posted by TennisCoachFLA
My feeling is to teach the 2hb first, then show them a 1 hander at an older age
Will teachers, parents and/or kids really want to switch from a 2hbh to a 1hbh given the popularity and success of the 2hbh, and the competitive pressures to win at a young age?
Btw, I suspect the real reason coaches teach the 2hbh has little to do with health and a lot to do with its perceived superiority as well as ease of teaching.