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TWO HANDED BACKHAND LOOP

  I recently attended my regional USPTA Fall conference and was delighted
to attend a seminar with John Yandell of www.tennisplayer.net. John’s
video analysis of touring pros strokes provided me with more insight into what
actual happens during certain shots.
   So today I want to visit the two handed backhand. After watching numerous
slow motion videos of tennis pros, I have come to the conclusion that pros
loop their two handed backhands with the racquet head and not the hands.
   What I saw were players who took their racquets back with two hands and
the hands stayed very level. They did not raise or lower their hands during
the swing. However, the racquet head did rise up on the back swing and it did
drop during the forward swing to create topspin. Some players loop the
racquet head up higher then others and dropped the head lower than other
to produce even more topspin but the hands were consistently level.
   What this means to the average player is the loop back swing on both
forehands and backhands is vital to the timing and power of the shot. How
much loop and topspin are up to individual preferences but clearly the loop is
now the modern backhand. If you are not taking your racquet head up on the
backhand backswing and then dropping it below the ball on the forward swing
then you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle.

Doug Hofer, USPTA                www.hofertennis.com            November 7, 2007
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