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Two Handed Backhand


Hitting a two-handed backhand in tennis involves using both hands on the grip of the racket. This stroke provides stability and power, and it's a popular choice for many players, both recreational and professional. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to execute a two-handed backhand:

1. Proper Grip:

  • Use an Eastern backhand grip for your dominant hand (the bottom hand).
  • Place your non-dominant hand above the dominant hand, forming a "V" with the fingers. The non-dominant hand provides additional support and control.

2. Stance:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing the net.
  • Position your non-dominant side slightly forward.
  • Bend your knees slightly to maintain balance and flexibility.

3. Backswing:

  • Rotate your shoulders and hips as you turn to the side to prepare for the shot.
  • Bring the racket back with both hands, keeping it parallel to the ground.
  • Keep your non-dominant elbow slightly bent.

4. Contact Point:

  • As the ball approaches, shift your weight to your front foot.
  • The ideal contact point for a two-handed backhand is in front of your body and close to your front foot.
  • Keep your eye on the ball and focus on hitting it at waist height.

5. Swing and Follow-Through:

  • Begin the forward swing by rotating your hips and shoulders back towards the net.
  • Extend your arms and straighten your non-dominant elbow as you make contact with the ball.
  • Follow through with a high finish, bringing the racket over your shoulder.


  • Practice the stroke with a consistent and smooth motion to generate power and accuracy.
  • Maintain a relaxed grip to enhance flexibility and feel for the ball.
  • Work on your footwork to position yourself effectively for each shot.
  • Incorporate weight transfer into your stroke to maximize power.

Drills for Improvement:

  • Wall Hitting: Stand facing a wall and practice hitting the ball against it. This helps improve your consistency and technique.
  • Partner Rallying: Rally with a partner to work on your timing and control. Focus on hitting the ball with a smooth, controlled motion.

Video Resources:

  • Watching instructional videos from professional players or tennis coaches can provide visual guidance on the proper technique for a two-handed backhand.

Remember that consistency and practice are key to mastering the two-handed backhand. Take the time to develop muscle memory through repetition and pay attention to your form to enhance both power and accuracy. If possible, consider seeking guidance from a tennis coach for personalized feedback and tips. 

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