DOUBLE-HANDED BACKHAND TIPS:

GRIP

We recommend that the continental grip or eastern backhand grip is used for the bottom hand of the double handed backhand, the bottom hand is held slightly tighter and the top hand is controlling the racket head.

Many players will hit two handed backhands because it gives the player greater strength and control. But being a two handed backhand player gives you less stretch so would mean you have to get to the ball faster. Make sure on the backhand that hands touch each other, but do not overlap each other.  

1. READY POSITION

The most common ready position for the double handed backhand sees both hands resting lightly on the grip. This allows both hands to then work smoothly together to find the correct grip during preparation for the shot. A good ready position allows a player to execute the backhand efficiently and on balance.

      - Have a wide base, with feet wider than your shoulder width.

      - Make sure you keep some bend in the knees.

      - Make sure that there is a recovery back to the ready position off each shot.

2. READ THE BALL

Seeing the ball quickly off the opponent's racket is crucial. This skill will help your player's positioning around the court - helping maximise his/her stroke production. However, it is easy to ignore this element of technique because perception skills are invisible - in other words, they occur in a player's head rather than on the court!  

3. REACT AND MOVE

You will need to react and move as soon as the oncoming ball is perceived. Remember that the double handed has less reach then the single handed player movement is vital. Slow reaction and movement skills will often create problems with the contact point and finishing position of the backhand.

     - Turn the shoulders, use the upper body to turn       

     - Remember an arm is coming across the body so take racket back further

     - To use big steps to get to the ball and small adjusting steps around the ball.

 4. SET-UP

As with the single handed backhand, different stances are used depending upon the tactical situation that the player is in. However, for a beginner we recommend that the sideways stance is used (also referred to as a 'neutral stance' where the front leg is placed in front of, and in line with, the back leg). This stance allows a player to transfer weight from the back leg to the front leg. 'Loading' weight onto the back foot first is important since this provides a great source of power for the player. As a player progresses further, the semi-open and open stance backhand will be used at times - particularly when defending from the baseline.

 5. CONTACT POINT

Making well-timed contact with the ball allows the double handed backhand to be hit with maximum pace and control. The ideal contact point for this shot is between waist and chest height and at a comfortable distance away from the body hitting the ball just infront of you. Remember, the contact point for the double handed backhand can be closer to the player's body because the swing is more compact and the second hand provides extra strength on contact. Having two hands on the backhand makes it easier for you to hit a higher ball because you have more strength.  

6. RACKET ACTION

A double handed backhand player should focus on coming from low to high, coming up the back of the ball to create the top spin. Racket head speed at the point of contact will put spin and power on to the ball. To time the back swing in relation to the speed and spin of the oncoming ball. Finish with the elbows high and dropping the racket over the shoulder.

 

 
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