One-Handed Backhand

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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  1. Hip and shoulder turn; Racquet and arm create a “L” shape: Wrist is cocked back; Left hand is holding the throat of the racquet
  2. More shoulder turn and pelvic “Lock” position; Racquet continues to move up; Weight on the back foot
  3. Starting to release the “Lock” position to “Roll” (uncoil) the body.
  4. Weight is transferring to the front foot
  5. Racquet head drops below the ball and starts to move forward
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


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