Backhand Technique

Whether you hit a one-handed backhand, a two-handed backhand, predominantly with slice, or solely with topspin, this section will help you polish your backhand to achieve more power, consistency, and control.

By understanding and practicing the technical fundamentals in these videos, you will be well on your way to a more efficient and reliable backhand groundstroke.

We recommend you start with one of our three series of backhand lessons below. We have lessons for the one-handed backhand, the two-handed, and the slice backhand.

 

8 One-Handed Backhand Technique Lessons
9 Two-Handed Backhand Technique Lessons
8 Slice Backhand Technique Lessons
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Working on Recovering Efficiently

Working on Recovering Efficiently

Stopping your momentum and recovering in one fluid efficient movement pattern is one of the most important skills for a tennis player. The goal is to move efficiently without wasting steps. In this video you will understand the theory a...

Move Diagonally Towards the Ball

Move Diagonally Towards the Ball

Moving diagonally towards the ball is much more efficient than moving parallel to the baseline. Not only will you have shorter running distances but you will hit closer to the net taking time away from the opponent. To get a...

Use The open Stance on Wide Balls

Use The open Stance on Wide Balls

In terms of footwork, an open stance is more efficient when moving to wide balls because it allows the player to return towards the middle of the court without having to take additional steps. Take a look at how this works. ...

Recover with a Sense of Urgency

Recover with a Sense of Urgency

Recovering towards the middle of the court effectively after each shot can make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Use the same intensity to recover than you use to run to the ball. Recover immediately and quickly. ...

Stop your Momentum for Better Movement

Stop your Momentum for Better Movement

Avoiding extra lateral steps when running for wide balls will make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Rotating the hips as you hit and using the outside leg to stop the lateral momentum is the best way to make sure th...

Always Start Fast then Slow Down effective movement

Always Start Fast then Slow Down

The key to hitting your shots in balance is to get to the ball with enough time to set up before you hit. If you are rushed as you are hitting your chances of making more errors will increase. Always start to the ball quickly and then sl...

Understanding the Split Step

Understanding the Split Step

Tennis is a game of constant starting, stopping and changes of direction. In order to change directions quickly and effectively you need to be in balance. The split step is the key to efficient movement. Understand it and practice it un...

just move

Just Move!

Tennis is a game of movement. The better you move the better you play and great movement requires quick reaction. On court you have to be intense, on your toes and ready to chase any shot. There is no room for trying to evaluate if you s...

How to Slide on Clay

How to Slide on Clay

Sliding on clay is one of the most important skills to improve your movement on that surface. Here are a few concepts that will help you understand and practice how to do this. To get access to the videos and premium media, ...

Two-Handed Topspin Backhand Swing Path

In this clip the player backs up far behind the baseline and hits a high defensife topspin shot. The racquet path drops quickly from a position above the shoulders to around knie height. The wrist is fully involved extending towards the ...

High Defensive One Handed Topspin Backhand

The path of the ball is a resutl of the angle of the swing, the racquet head at contact and the speed of the racquet.  here we can cleary see that in order to hit a high ball with ample spin, the racquet head has to drop considerably un...

One-handed Off-the Bounce Backhand (Side view)

Sometimes during a point the player will not have time to move back and will have to hit a ball right of the bounce. This shot requires a very short backswing and the use of the forearm to square the racquet head to contact. Let's take a...

One-handed Backhand Slice Lob (Sideview)

A good lob is an essential tool for any tennis player. A defensive lob at the right time or an offensive lob when unexpected can change the momentum of the point. Adding slice to a lob will provide the player with extra control. The one ...

One-handed Topspin Backhand Lob (Sideview)

When at the net in doubles angle the short lobs and hit deep lobs through the middle or at the opponent’s feet. A good topspin lob requires great racquet acceleration and hat is not easy with a one handed backhand. To accomplish this s...

One-Handed Topspin Backhand

In this demonstration, our player hits a one-handed topspin backhand. The camera follows from the back allowing us to see in more detail how the player lines up behind the ball and how he uses his upper body rotation in the swing, ...

One-handed Backhand Slice Approach (Back view)

This video of the one-handed slice backhand approach from the back show clearly how the racquet head moves high to low and across the body. It also shows how the player remains sideways as he moves through the shot towards the net and on...

One-handed Backhand Approach

In this demonstration, our player hits a one-handed topspin backhand, approaching the net. In order to hit this shot effectively the player has to hit the ball with heavy topspin to make it dip over the net and move fluidly through the s...

One-handed Backhand Backing Up

In this video we will analyze a one-handed backhand where the player has to back up. From this frontal camera angle we can clearly see how the player moves sideways to get in position and then swings up and around to hit a deep, heavy, h...

Hit Through on the Slice Backhand

To hit a more effective slice backhand, make sure that you are hitting through the ball and not too steeply down at the ball. The best way to think about this is by setting the racquet behind contact on your backswing. That is, if the co...

The Best Grip for a Two-handed Backhand

A solid stroke starts with a strong grip. Without an effective grip, the swing will suffer. I this video you will learn how to hold the racquet to hit a strong two handed backhand. To get access to the videos and premium med...

The Ideal One-Handed Backhand Grip

A solid stroke starts with a solid grip. In order to hit a firm one-handed topspin backhand, it is very important to place your hand on top of the grip. Using the forehand grip will not allow you to develop solid technique. ...

Backhand Slice – Keep Your Wrist Up

Keeping the wrist up will help you achieve a solid contact point on a backhand slice. Even though you are hitting on a slightly downward path, your racquet head should never drop below your wrist or you will lose control. To...

Offensive and Defensive Lobs

A lob is an important shot in tennis and can win you many points. There are two types of lobs: The defensive lob which is high and deep and is used to buy you time to recover from a difficult situation and the offensive lob, which is low...

The Ideal Two-handed Backhand Contact Point

The right contact point allows the whole swing to flow. Understanding where that contact point is is half the battle. Let’s take a look at the ideal contact point on a two-handed backhand. To get access to the videos and pre...

The Correct Stances for the Two-Handed Backhand

In tennis the force is transmitted from the ground to the racquet so a solid stance makes a hug he difference. For a two handed backhand you can use a closed stance, an open stance or a stance in between. However, avoid stepping across ...