Common Two Hand Backhand Errors
The two handed backhand is now a basic fundamental in tennis these days, the percentage of Juniors and beginner adults being taught the two handed backhand is considerably higher than the one handed, and for good reason. It is easier to control the more aggressive, power shots than the one and it is easier to add power more consistently because the slice backhand is used less often than with the one handed backhand.
There are some common errors that may derail you, let’s go over them. For discussion purposes I will be instructing from a right handed point of view.
One is the grip. While there are different combinations that can work for individuals, the easiest combo is to have both the left and right hand in eastern grips. You never want the left hand in the continental; this will lead to an open racquet face sending your shots up and out. To generate more topspin move the left hand toward the semi-western.
The second is too short of a back swing. When preparing for the shot remember the left hand is the dominating hand and should be controlling the swing. Bring the racquet back with the left, do not push it back with the right, this will lead to a complete back swing and full shoulder rotation; then more power and complete follow through (over the shoulder) will be easier to accomplish.
Lastly, too many players hit with the wrong hand as the power hand. Most of the power and dominance of the shot is with the left hand and wrist. Picture your topspin forehand; you brush up the ball with the right hand, that’s what is needed with the left hand for the two handed backhand. The left hand brushes up the ball and the left, snapping wrist generates the power. If the right hand dominates you will only push the shot and not be able to follow through completely. All left- all the time!
Good Luck-Have Fun!!