TWO Handed BACKHAND Tennis Lesson - Key Elements!
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"Hi Tom Avery here. Creator of the Consistent Tennis Wins DVD series, and the head pro here at the Consistent Tennis Wins Academy. I'm with one of my assistants, Stephanie, who played on the WTA tour. She had a ranking of 804, and she's working with us right now. I am thrilled, I am very happy to have her. She's an excellent player, excellent fitness trainer, so I'm really excited about having her as part of the team. Today we're talking about the two handed backhand. By the way, if you want my free rock solid forehand course, it's up here in your left hand corner.
Today we're talking about the two handed backhand, and Stephanie has a great two hander. Stephanie where ... Let me ask you this. When you're hitting the two hander, which hand is dominant? Which hand is doing more work? Now Stephanie is left hander, so which hand would be doing more work?
Stephanie: On my backhand, as a lefty, my right hand is doing much more work.
Tom: Okay, all right, so the right hand. If you're a right handed player, obviously it's going to be your left hand that's doing more work.
Stephanie: It's always the hand that is closer to the head of the racquet.
Tom: Yeah, the hand that's on top. The top hand. That's a key thing. Because a lot of players, when they start hitting a two handed backhand they don't realize that, and they're still using their dominant hand more when they're hitting a two handed backhand. That's not a good thing. Because the contact point is a little bit [00:02:00] later on the two hander, so you want to make sure that your non dominant hand is doing more work.
Some other key points to keep in mind. The contact point is out in front of the lead foot. Stephanie is hitting the ball well in front of her lead foot on this backhand. The other thing is about extension, right Stephanie?
Stephanie: Yeah, when I hit my backhand, I want to try to extend my arms towards the target.
Tom: Extend your arms towards the target. Because sometimes players tend to come up too quick, and they're not letting the racquet go out towards the target.
Stephanie: Then they're finishing like that, with the elbows really tight, and close to their body. We want to try to finish more relaxed with the elbows up.
Tom: Okay, very good, so Stephanie will now demo those shots. Here we go. Okay so what are you thinking about right now Stephanie? Anything? Just smacking the ball right?
Stephanie: No I'm extending my arms towards the target now.
Tom: Okay, she's extending her arms out toward the target, and then ...
Stephanie: My elbows are up.
Tom: Elbows up. How about the right hand?
Stephanie: My right hand works 90% more than my left hand.
Tom: Okay, she said, "My right hand works 90% more than my left hand."
Stephanie: I could finish with one hand now.
Tom: She could actually almost hit the ball with her right hand. But the left hand ... Remember Stephanie is lefty. The left hand is there for stability. [00:04:00] Okay, here in slow motion we can see Stephanie gets a nice shoulder turn, racquet back early. Now she starts to drop down below the contact point. Right there you can see the racquet head is well below the ball. The racquet face is closed, which will give her vertical at contact. Getting below the ball gives you net clearance. Boom. At contact the right hand is dominant, so look at her right arm there. She's really hitting with her non dominant hand. Remember she's a lefty. There she has nice extension, as she hit through it, and a good nice high finish.
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