While fewer top tennis professionals use the One-Handed Backhand, players like Roger Federer can make the difficult stroke look quite graceful.
Grip: Eastern Backhand Grip
- Freedom to swing freely at the ball. The Two-Handed Backhand can feel a lot more restrictive.
- Better able to disguise the slice and topspin
- Easier to reach farther for balls
- Difficult to high high shots
- Difficult to hit a return of serve
- Prone to wrist injuries
One-Handed Backhand Guide
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- Hip and shoulder turn; Racquet and arm create a “L” shape: Wrist is cocked back; Left hand is holding the throat of the racquet
- More shoulder turn and pelvic “Lock” position; Racquet continues to move up; Weight on the back foot
- Starting to release the “Lock” position to “Roll” (uncoil) the body.
- Weight is transferring to the front foot
- Racquet head drops below the ball and starts to move forward
- Body rotates, but not as much as the Two-Handed Backhand; Arm is straight through the contact and left arm is released before contact towards the opposite direction; Back foot is off the ground.
- Both arms are fully extended in opposite directions. The arm movements are very important in order to create balance. A straight line can be drawn from one hand to the other. Head is still.