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How To Hit The Perfect 2 Hander

How To Hit The Perfect 2 Hander


Hi guys Nick here from Intuitive Tennis.
Today I want to teach you how to hit the perfect two-handed backhand. So some of the best two-handed backhands are
Djokovic, Nalbandian who was measured having the fastest two-handed backhand
of all time measured at 110 miles an hour and a young player currently doing
really well Alexander’s Zverev. He has an amazing two-handed backhand also. On the WTA Tour and most of the players have really good two-handed backhands as well. So in today’s video let’s get into what makes these backhands so great and also what makes them different. So let’s start off with the grip. What’s important on
the grip is that the hands do not go on top of each other. I see a lot a lot of
recreational beginners and they start over lapping their hands on the backhand.
You don’t want to do that. You’re gonna lose stability that way so the
hands shouldn’t be too far apart either like this. They should be right next to
each other and also what we want to do is
separate the index finger from the middle finger a little bit. There should
be a slight gap between the index and middle finger on both hands even on the
left hand. That’s going to allow us to drop the racquet much easier if we need
to hit a low ball. Our right hand is always going to be in a continental grip
on the two-handed backhand and so the base knuckle on the bevel number two and
on the left hand the perfect place for the left hand is between the eastern the
lefty eastern grip if you come from the lefty side and the lefty western grip
that edge right between those two grips that’s what we place our left base
knuckle and that is the perfect position for the left hand and this is what
Djokovic does and most of the players have their left hand right at this angle. So the first thing that you’re gonna do
on your backhand is once you realize the ball is coming to your backhand you’re
going to make a small turn and don’t make an immediate shoulder turn like
this because that’s gonna make your movements very robotic. So first you
see the ball coming to your backhand and you just make a slight turn like
this and now you start setting it up and the setup usually is going to be a
lateral step across the body which gives us an automatic shoulder turn.
Something like this. There’s going to be circumstances on a stationary backhand
or if the ball is very close and there we step more in this direction then we
have to force the turn a little bit more, but usually when you get pulled to the
side and you want to make a lateral step like this and you get an automatic
shoulder turn and now you’re ready to go into your swing. So another thing that
some of the best backends have in common like Djokovic and Zverev, they have a
high take back and it starts in the ready position and so if I’m waiting
like this for the ball and I see it’s a backhand my racquet is up here. I’m
simply going to stay like this and in Zverev’s case he even takes the racquet up a
little higher like this and then waits like this for the ball and Djokovic is
something like this where he will drop the front shoulder like this and the
racquet is up like that. However this is not absolutely necessary, if you have
this it might give the racquet a little bit more acceleration as it drops down
into the slot here but somebody like an Agassi had a little bit more of a lower
take back like this and so you got to play around with these take backs and
see what works best. So another thing that the best players do on the backhand
is have a really extreme racket drop and where the racket will drop sometimes all
the way down like this and then from here it goes into the contact here. This
is however not something that you can control it’s a very intuitive thing. You
are accelerating the racket so fast it kind of drops on on its own. You have to
make sure that their hands are relaxed and if you start a little bit higher and
the racket will drop down and then go into the contact something like this. Now the contact is where all the magic happens. So what we have at the contact
is a little bit different from player to player. You have guys like Nadal and
Agassi have both arms straight at contact like this and then they finish
across this way and you have WTA players and who have great backhands or somebody
like Zverev, they have both arms bent like this and then you have Djokovic and
Nalbandian two of the greatest backhands of all time who have the left arm straight
like this at contact and the right arm bent. So the arm structure on the backhand on contact is not something that you should force and whatever comes
naturally you should continue with that and as a matter of fact you
a lot of times are not even aware whether you’re straight or bent at
contact anyway and a lot of players are worried that if they hit the ball
like this and they see slow-mo footage of themselves and to see this contact and
there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. You have somebody like Zverev who has probably one of the greatest backhands right now on tour or some of the great WTA players. They all have this
type of contact. So this shouldn’t be a worry at all. What is important however
is that the contact is in front whatever arm structure you have you have to bring
the racket in front of you this way but not all the way like this. The left
shoulder on right-handers is always gonna remain slightly behind the right
shoulder at contact regardless of arm structure. So the contact is where all
the magic happens on the backhand. Whether it’s Djokovic, Zverev or
Agassi, all these guys hit across. All the great WTA players on tour who have great
backhands, they all hit across and what happens at contact is this. Regardless of
arm structure and let’s just take Djokovic for example with a straight
left arm and a bent right arm and what’s going to happen next is the tip of the
racket is going to go forward like this but look at my arms. My arms are
going across like this this is the straight left arm the left arm is going
across and I simply continue the rotation until my right elbow goes
towards the back fence. And remember the rotation starts and the forward phase of
the swing we already started coming forward with the left shoulder, well
before contact and then once we make contact we simply continue the rotation
across and then we reach the finish somewhere around here. So let’s summarize
what we need to do on the backhand. We’re going to be in a ready position and
we’re going to see the ball and we’re gonna make a small turn like this and we
start setting it up and let’s assume that the ball is in front of us and we
can step forward now we have to make a big shoulder turn and to where the back
is pointing towards the other side and now the racquet is gonna be up and now we
solely focused on the ball and we start the forward swing we start rotating make
the contact in front and then continue going across all the way. We bring the
left foot around the body like this and finish all the way towards the back fence. Thank you guys for watching this video. I
hope you enjoyed it. Please comment in the section below if you have any
questions I will make sure to answer. Hit that like button if you can and
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13 comments

Nice explanation of arms and grip – I am an ambi playing with left hand and can generate lot of power on backhand but use my right hand more

Nice job. The only thing which you are doing on your backhand but you explained differently is your left arm’s role after the contact. After the contact you want to extend your left arm out then both arms go across. It’s a very important piece.

I’ve been working with a tennis pro and I’ve gotten hung up on when one should load up the bh from the back leg…got really confused when it was introduced to me…the open stance two handed bh. It was explained to me that it’s meant for defensive shots on the run…can you clarify this for me? Thanks!

Can't help but to happily recognize that it's the best to my best knowledge and by far step by step coverage of the 2H BH.
For me as a single BH it'll be a must once my left shoulder and the left elbow would recover. I did harm them by trying 2H BH in just three matches and it was enough. 🤔🙁 Never thought it'd be that easy to harm the joints with the wrong 2H BH.

Great input, Nick! 👏👍😊

Your channel is always the best ,always let us know the key points quickly ,above others' tennis coaching videos

Hi Niko – What's the best way to play a high 2 handed backhand? If you could suggest how to deal with 2 situations – a) the ball is deep and gets above the shoulder (can't always take it on the rise!) and I'm just staying in the point, and b) the ball is short but high (again above the shoulder) so I want to end the point. Thank you!

Hello, i wanted to ask you the role of the left index finger (being right handed) in the double handed backhand.
Should it go a bit open, as in the forehand?
or should it go attached to the other fingers?
Thank you for all your amazing videos.

How can I hit a 2H backhand with the right hand dominant when I'm using a continental grip which is a weak grip?

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