Relearning the backhand.

Chyeaah

Professional
Man. My backhand is so bad, I've decided to try and relearn it. If someone hits a well placed shot to my backhand it all falls apart, while if it was hit to my forehand it would be a clean winner.

So, all you mini gasquet's out there, help me with a two handed backhand. I've given up on a one handed because of the serve return.

Start me from the basics.
 

Ballinbob

Hall of Fame
Man. My backhand is so bad, I've decided to try and relearn it. If someone hits a well placed shot to my backhand it all falls apart, while if it was hit to my forehand it would be a clean winner.

So, all you mini gasquet's out there, help me with a two handed backhand. I've given up on a one handed because of the serve return.

Start me from the basics.
This was EXACTLY my situation, and I also switched to the 2hbh because as I got better, returning serve became near impossible. I've already went through these beginning steps of learning the 2hbh, so hopefully these tips should help you out:

1. The most important thing I noticed is that the footwork for the 2hbh is different than the 1hbh. You don't want a perfect closed stance like you do in a 1hbh, but rather a more neutral one where your front toe is pointing into the court.This allows for you to rotate your hips/shoulders into the shot. This is really key, and without proper footwork you will only be using your arms for the shot.

2. The power, like I said, comes from the upper body rotation. when I was first started I was trying to really swing as fast as I possibly could and whip my arms around for power like I would for a 1hbh. It doesn't work like that. You will be surprised how much power you can get from a compact swing with good rotation.

3. Keep the swing simple. I don't even use a loop like I did for the 1hbh. I have a straight take back, and let a rip.

4. Keep your left arm straight all the way through contact. As you probably know, the left arm is really important in a 2hbh

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Anyway, try those out. Those really helped me out. I found that the 2hbh is easier to learn than 1 hbh, but it takes a little time to get a good feel for it. Your return of serve will improve when you get the shot down, believe me:)
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
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I think I can hit like GuiermoVilas.
In reality, I hit like a bad 3.5 lefty on my backhands.
So I slice EVERY return of serve on my backhand side, until my opponent expects it, then I hit some short swing shoulder turned feet planted sideways topspin backhand returns of serves.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
No flexibility needed, if you just turn the shoulders and hit an oft hand forehand holding on with your main hand. Of course, backswing and followthru is much shorter than for a 1hfh.
 

BevelDevil

Hall of Fame
I feel Im too stiff to hit two handed backhand. Do you need to be flexible?
the feeling of stiffness comes mostly from not transferring your weight forward. Notice how your body can turn more when your weight shifts onto your front foot and off of your back foot.

Having said that, the 2hbh is more stiff-feeling than a 1hbh. But that doesn't mean you need to be more flexible.
 

Chyeaah

Professional
No, the only problem I have with a 1HBH is that I can't do a FedEx and just leave my racquet on the ball since it goes too slow, my racquet is much lower powered. I find that with heavier racquets It is easier to return serves since if you just stick your racquet infront of the ball, it goes at a good pace compared to lower powered (lighter) racquets.

Do you double bend your backhand or keep both arms straight?
 
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