Originally Posted by JohnYandell
If the preparation and the set up to the ball are correct there is no problem going crosscourt off the closed stance.
Double Handed Backhand:
John, do you mean closed stance (when the right foot crosses over to the left sideline?), or square stance (when both the feet are in the same line)?
Going cross-court with closed stance (at least for teen-agers) could be very painful because it creates twist on the lower back. I have seen many back injuries because of this.
Venus and Serena can hit any shot with an open stance, but I would recommend open stance when going cross court and square stance when hitting down the line. The key, as you said, is the preparation, proper set up, and good upper body turn.
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