Deconstructing The One- And Two Handed Tennis Backhand Backswing




If you are looking to develop a correct tennis one-handed backhand backswing then it’s important that you know how to observe it well. It’s very easy to visually misinterpret the backhand backswing path and learn it the wrong way.

The same applies to the two-handed backhand backswing too which is demonstrated in part two of this video.

As you’ve seen in the forehand example last week, the illusion of a (big) backswing happens because we execute two movements at the same time: body rotation & arm movement.

Since the racket is held in the arms / hands and our eyes follow the racket’s path in space in order to try to learn from it and copy it, the mind subconsciously assumes all these movements are done mostly with arms.

But it turns out it’s exactly the opposite – most of the racket movement through space is done through body rotation.

First we’re taking a look at my own one-handed backhand which is has a very standard technique and we’ll try to see how much the arms really move compared to the body.

To see even more detailed one-handed backhand technique illusion take a look at the previously published Grigor Dimitrov’s backhand analysis.

I will also demonstrate the same principle on the two-handed backhand backswing.

For the whole illusion of the two-handed backhand technique take a look at the Fernando Verdasco’s backhand analysis:

0:00 Intro
0:40 One-handed Backhand Backswing
6:55 Two-handed Backhand Backswing

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