I noticed you sometimes had it in your pocket and other times it was just at your side, and it would have been nice to see a bit of an exaggerated counter balance arm raise, especially for people just learning the one handed back hand. Even with one hand on the racket, there needs to be full extension before finishing the tennis backhand. Well my favorite shot is always gonna be the forehand. This 32yearold italians backhand cross court is struck with extreme power and she puts lots of. One way to do this is to learn a onehanded backhand with a western backhand grip. It difficult to withstand current ball bashers and grinders coupled by slow surface. The backswings of top, onehanded players on the tour often wraps around the body. Its the stroke of champions so why is the singlehanded backhand on. We spoke to former australian pros wally masur and alicia molik about this, and more broadly about what the benefits of a singlehander and its double. Much like hitting a twohanded backhand, the onehanded backhand is about footwork, preparation, and follow through. Bjorn borgs twohanded backhand was a looping marvel. Sometimes in tennis, one hand is still better than two the new. On very powerful swings or more wristy spin shots, the wrist and racquet may release farther and point back toward the back fence. List of onehanded backhand players data tennis draw.
A backhand hit is either performed single handed and two handed. One of the most beautiful strokes in tennis is in danger of disappearing entirely. Do all the women in your tennis league play your backhand because its your weakest shot. Sometimes in tennis, one hand is still better than two the. The diminishing art of onehanded backhand federerism. Roger federer backhand slow motion atp tennis one handed. Justine has one of the best, text book perfect single handed backhands in tennis.
The onehanded backhand, at the top of the game at least, seems to be back in vogue. For a developing player this can be a significant disadvantage. The term is also used in other racquet sports, and other areas where. The only issue i have with your video is your non tennis racket hand. Top tennis training pro tennis lessons 240,316 views 19. First off, justine henin had a one handed backhand and not a two handed backhand.
Why the onehanded backhand is a dying art in tennis. How to hit a onehanded backhand topspin tennisgate. Jul 26, 2015 in the back view perspective of grigor dimitrovs onehanded backhand this side by side image shows the difference between how much under the ball the racquet is and how much the hand is. Top tennis training pro tennis lessons 227,650 views.
Tennis backhand technique tips for the backhand tennis shot. Well, its time to turn your backhand into a weapon. Babolat has been very impactful in terms of the proliferation of the modern game, and players tend to use 2hbhs these days, which is wh. Apr 30, 2017 first of all, babolat has a wide variety of racquets, including heavier, more traditional players frames. Tenniss onehanded backhand a dying art, briefly revived. Vinci is one of just three women in the top 100 still playing with a onehanded backhand. The right hand keeps the shot steady while the left hand generates the spin and power. The backhand book how to play the tennis backhand strokes correctly paperback january 1, 1918 see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions price. Most players i have seen playing backhand with the single hand can punch the ball or slice it well but they are not able to hit the topspin shot they need. Why are babolat racquets supposedly bad for singlehanded. How to hit a tennis backhand modern one handed backhand in. Why is federer using only one hand for his back hand. The finish on the single handed backhand is relatively straightforward and simple compared to the forehand. However, it is one of the main shots and like the forehand, allows you to keep a game going and when done correctly could be used as a good offensive weapon.
Onehanded backhand developing advanced tennis backhand. These tips will help you improve your single handed backhand. Want to be as good as federer, nadal and murray get access to this. May 03, 2017 the onehanded backhand, at the top of the game at least, seems to be back in vogue. How to hit the best backhand in tennis tennis information. The tennis backhand is one of the least practiced shots in a players book of. For faster returns, a two handed technique offers better protection from the speed of the opponents hit while still offering the ability to return the shot powerfully. The explosive singlehanded backhand is dying out in the modern, riskaverse game. Aug 18, 2015 todays twohanded backhand is closer to a lefthanded forehand for righthanders than a onehanded backhand. Here are eight key components players should use whether theyre trying out the stroke for the first time or simply want to perfect their existing twohanded, or doublehanded, backhand. The twohanded backhand does not have a magic grip you should be using for your nondominant hand.
Tsitsipas, ranked 35th in the world, plays with a onehanded backhand. The backhand is a tennis shot in which one swings the racquet around ones body with the back of the hand preceding the palm. Nov 01, 2018 3 drills for modern one handed backhand in tennis thiem wawrinka federer backhand technique duration. The tennis backhand is one of the least practiced shots in a players book of techniques. The back hands wrist plays a part in helping start the swing similar to the way the wrist is used on the forehand. I have been working hard on my singlehanded backhand and feel that it is now improving. Oct 07, 2018 the left hand is placed above the right in a position in which i could hit a chokedup lefthanded western forehand if i took my right hand away. It is entirely up to the player whether they wish to play two handed. I would be teaching a two handed topspin and a onehanded slice and volley. We will come back to serve you more tips, with new posts. There are just 24 onehanders in the mens top 100, down from nearly 50 a decade ago. The onehanded backhand is now in the distinct minority in the mens game, but it continues to be embraced by some of the greatest young.
The single handed topspin backhand the single handed top spin backhand is one of the other four basic shots you will need to play effective tennis. A onehanded backhand also helps you make an easier transition to a backhand volley and lets you handle onehanded backhand overheads more easily. This is part two of the one handed backhand tennis drills and corrections which will bring your backhand to a new level, especially in recreational tennis. Also some players that i mention may be in the top 100 or 200 for all i know. The onehanded backhand in tennis is becoming extinct. The singlehanded topspin backhand total tennis, tennis. The first part of developing an advanced one handed backhand includes drills to help you drive the racquet through the ball straighter, lift the ball to avoid the net, and develop more spin. Furthermore, players who use the twohanded backhand easily transfer this technique to hit drive and topspin volleys very difficult shots hit with one hand. For a right handed person, dominant hand would be the left hand. The ideal tennis grip for the two handed and one handed backhand. The singlehanded backhand total tennis, tennis lessons. Bbc sport tennis skills onehanded backhand bbc news. For double handers, closed and neutral stances are the preferred options. The first part of developing an advanced onehanded backhand includes drills to help you drive the racquet through the ball straighter, lift the ball to avoid the net, and.
Please refer to justine henins one handed backhand photo sequence as you read through the instructions. Not only is it a very useful defensive tool but the best tennis players use it as a devastating attacking weapon. The strokes look very different, but the mechanics are similar. Sometimes in tennis, one hand is still better than two stefanos tsitsipas of greece at the barcelona open in april. But with a bit of practice, it can become one of the most satisfying shots in the book. Who are all the tennis players in atp and wta with a one. Feb 16, 2016 i would be teaching a two handed topspin and a onehanded slice and volley.
Tennis has evolved leaps and bounds since its inception. Once mastered, you will be able to hit the ball harder more consistantly without hitting it out of your opponants court. It practically takes a genius to hit a singlehanded backhand. Which is the best racquet for a single hand backhand. We spoke to former australian pros wally masur and alicia molik about this, and more broadly about what the benefits of a singlehander and its doublehanded counterpart might me. Aug 24, 2014 vinci is one of just three women in the top 100 still playing with a onehanded backhand. The ideal tennis grip for the two handed and one handed. Jun 30, 2018 sometimes in tennis, one hand is still better than two stefanos tsitsipas of greece at the barcelona open in april.
Mastering the twohanded tennis backhand you can hit a backhanded tennis shot with two hands on the grip or with one hand, depending on which way feels most comfortable to you. The death of the onehanded backhand the new york times. Tennis backhand with one hand illustrated in detail. Sadly single handed backhand are near extinction, its one of the most beautiful stroke in tennis. Place your dominant hand right if youre righthanded, left if youre lefthanded at the bottom of the racket and your nondominant hand. Better disguise again, there is no comparison between the two styles. First of all, babolat has a wide variety of racquets, including heavier, more traditional players frames. Onehanded backhand developing advanced tennis backhand part ii this is part two of the onehanded backhand tennis drills and corrections which will bring your backhand to a new level, especially in recreational tennis.
When you hit a forehand, you use large muscles, primarily the biceps, deltoids and pectorals. The other historical reason given for the preponderance of twohanded backhands is the earlier learning of tennis by many players. How to hit a tennis backhand modern one handed backhand. Roger federer backhand slow motion atp tennis one handed backhand technique. How to hit a onehanded backhand using a western grip woman. Mastering the two handed tennis backhand you can hit a backhanded tennis shot with two hands on the grip or with one hand, depending on which way feels most comfortable to you. In defense of the onehanded backhand cracked racquets. As for the atp names, i wont mention answers that i have seen here. In the latter post the debate somehow got onto one handed backhands and whos is the best in sport so i thought id take a look.
Story of obsession, published by yellow jersey books, priced. A good coach can help you learn how to spot the best situations for a slice and how to add this onehanded shot to your game, even if you have a twohanded backhand. There were other heroic deeds by rubin, rescuing wounded comrades, and alone on patrol, posing as a major to accept the surrender of several hundred north koreans. After years of dominance, its becoming quite clear that the onehanded backhand in tennis is a dying art. Twohanded backswings on the other hand tend to be more compact or, in the slot. Want to hit a single handed backhand like roger federer. The book describes rubins brilliant defense tactics. One way to hit the double forehand would be to reverse this grip, putting the right hand on top and the left on the bottom, much as you would when swinging a baseball bat. Top tennis training pro tennis lessons 239,186 views.
The twohanded backhandonce an anomaly in tennishas become a staple of the modern tennis game. With novak djokovic dominating in recent years, his two handed backhand has drawn much of the plaudits and he is not alone in wielding a fearsome backhand. Its often easier to attack the net and move forward with your shot if you hit with one hand, because you hit a onehanded backhand further in front of. The onehanded backhand and tennis elbow introductionintroduction what did the study find goals of the study the purpose of this study was to measure the shock during and the resulting wrist and elbow joint motion after impact in the tennis onehanded backhand for advanced and intermediate players with and without a history of tennis elbow. Generally the onehander requires a longer swing path to generate the same power as the twohanded backhand. Finally, since backhand volley are hit with one hand, people who hit a one handed backhand tend to have better feel and fluidity with them. One needs to get herhis body sideways to the net when hitting these strokes. A really great video clay on the one handed back handnone of my club teaching pros have explained broke it down like you have done especially the gripi need to focus on this now. In the photo below, we see the south american pro, hernan gumy, using a sideways stance to hit what will be a one handed backhand drive. The singlehanded top spin backhand is one of the other four basic shots you will need to play effective tennis. With a twohanded backhand for a righthanded player, the left hand is on the top, and the right hand on the bottom. The remarkably slow takeback on his off wing was mesmerizing, as if one could take.
For a righthanded person, dominant hand would be the left hand. This grip might be a little more advanced, but it allows you to hit with a lot of topspin. The finish is a great tool to understand what is happening correctly or incorrectly during the contact and extension portion of the swingit is a. One example of tennis backhand technique is the two handed backhand tennis stroke. For a two handed backhand, grip your racket with your right hand on the bottom. He was one of the first players to use a flat singlehanded backhand with a hint. Who has the greatest backhand in the history of tennis. The reason most tennis coaches teach young players the two handed backhand is because the second hand gives more stability and power to your shot. Many people find that once they master the stroke they have more reach and can hit through the tennis ball more easily. How to hit a double forehand in tennis healthy living. Dec 06, 2012 connors retained the old fashioned flavor of a flat, one handed backhand, producing flat and penetrating twohanders of unrelenting depth and immense power, yet gaining stability with his right hand. I have been playing tennis and buying books and videos for over the past 20. Your dominant hand should be gripping the racket on the bottom end of the racket, whereas your. The same is true for the one handed tennis backhand technique.
Onehanded backhand guide click image to view larger hip and shoulder turn. The onehanded backhand drivehit with topspin, rather than sliced defensivelyis perhaps the most elegant shot in tennis. On the singlehanded shot, the arm should be stretched straight and pointing toward the sky. The shot comes from the shoulder with proper wrist form. The racquet should usually be perpendicular to the ground. Ive done a few posts along similar lines to this one over the past couple of weeks including who is the most popular tennis player on the planet and most recently who are the biggest wasted talents in tennis. Rubin did, in a 24hour singlehanded battle against thousands of north koreans. Sometimes in tennis, one hand is still better than two. Compared to the forehand stroke, the backhand stroke, played on the non dominant body side, can be hit with either one or both hands. Pdf the oneand twohanded backhands in tennis researchgate. May 02, 2014 3 drills for modern one handed backhand in tennis thiem wawrinka federer backhand technique duration.
Ive spent a lot of time on the court teaching the stroke that way, and ive written about the mechanics in my book visual tennis, and also on tennisplayer. It contrasts with the other kind of groundstroke, the forehand. Well i cant name all but its better to know those in the top 30 for both atp and wta. The one handed tennis backhand technique can be broken down into the following sequences. Roger federer backhand technique is one of the most recognisable on the atp tour due to its smooth fluid motion and. The single handed top spin backhand is one of the other four basic shots you will need to play effective tennis. Except in the phrase backhand volley, the term refers to a groundstroke that is, one in which the ball has bounced before it is struck. How to hit perfect one handed backhand tenfitmen, episode. The onehanded, backhand drive is normally hit with a closed stance. We continue our indepth look at the best shots in the mens game, shifting our focus to the best backhands in the sport. At the pro level, i think one handed players seem to get much more topspin than their two handed counterparts who hit much more flatter.
More and more, though, pro players are adopting more of a neutral stance, with, in some cases, the toe of the front right foot pointing directly down the court towards the net. There is less variation here and the mechanical elements are more universally agreed upon. The twohanded grip began way back in the 1930s, but the success of several players in the 1970s when tennis boomed, including bjorn borg, chris evert and jimmy connors, made the twohander common procedure. For single handed players, a closed stance with the right leg stepping across and forwards toward the ball is the traditional stance. Singlehanded start by getting into the ready position. Watch our guide to the single handed backhand and get started now. The onehanded backhand is better suited to hit halfvolleys close to the net. Two handed backhands use a variety of grips on the front hand, but the back hand is the one thats the boss during the forward swing.
Mar 09, 2015 the twohanded grip began way back in the 1930s, but the success of several players in the 1970s when tennis boomed, including bjorn borg, chris evert and jimmy connors, made the twohander common procedure. One handed or two handed the first step is the grip. Onehanded backhand developing advanced tennis backhand part ii. I had always believed that the twohanded backhand was the simplest shot in tennis, like a left handed forehand, but without all the confusing differences in grips and finishes.
The backhand book how to play the tennis backhand strokes. Apr 14, 2010 for one handed backhands its traditionally best to use a smaller head size. Mar 09, 2015 the same is true for the one handed tennis backhand technique. This hand is usually the nondominant hand for all the other strokes. The left hand is placed above the right in a position in which i could hit a chokedup lefthanded western forehand if i took my right hand away. The onehanded backhand looks like one of the hardest shots in tennis. The difference of racquet vs hand getting under the ball click image to enlarge. This is definitely a pro for one handed players most of the times. Intuitively, and by experience, i find trying to choose which shot to use while in play creates confusion and often results in a poor shot. Grigor dimitrovs one handed backhand technique feel tennis.1188 864 640 918 969 374 1354 19 1452 1309 437 1611 868 665 303 1336 303 463 1256 1309 386 804 312 312 1509 991 1613 378 1397 533 1214 310 477 443 1306 272 684 1311 29