There are many ways to hit a 2 handed backhand, and there have been many great 2 handers both currently on tour and in years past. While their grip, stances, contact and follow through may differ slightly, (and that’s what makes them different and unique) there are certain fundamental commonalities between them that you can copy and past to improve your own backhand.
The set up of the 2 handed backhand is the key to its consistency, repeatability and ultimately its success. Keeping the set up relaxed and simple is very important. In this article I am going to focus exclusively on the set up and the three ingredients that are present in all the 2 handed GOATS.
1. Hands around waist height
2. Dominant hand close to straight
3. Racket head above the wrist
In all of the images in this article you will see these 3 keys. From Lleyton Hewitts flatter trajectory backhand, to Rafael Nadal’s with much more shape and topspin. All these backhands set ups share these 3 keys.
The easiest way to improve your backhand as a whole is to chunk the most important movements down and practice them specifically. Racket preparation is the first thing you will need to improve.
Set up your two hander with these 3 keys and you are on track to a more solid backhand.
See you on the courts.
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