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Old 06-19-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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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 View Post
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.

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