One-handed Backhand vs. Two-handed Backhand
Tennis is a game of strategy, and knowing when to deploy the right shot is crucial. But when it comes to the backhand, there’s sometimes confusion…should you hit with one hand on the racquet, or two?
The answer is that there’s no definitive “better” shot. Both have pros and cons, and it’s also important to take advantage of your strengths and attack your opponent’s weaknesses.
The backhand in general is often considered a more difficult shot than the forehand, but in our unbiased opinion, that just makes it all the more gratifying to master!
There’s no denying that the one-handed backhand is a visually appealing shot. When executed properly, it’s incredibly powerful and adds more variety to your game. The biggest benefit is more reach and flexibility. It allows you to change direction on the fly, since you don’t need your left hand to help (or right hand, for lefties).
However, using one hand also means a less controlled backswing and a less stable racquet upon impact. This move is often tougher for most beginners than the two-handed backhand. It’s also difficult to hit above the shoulder and requires a strong upper body.
Anna Pomyatinskaya, CA Adult Tennis Director, shares her top tips for one-handed success:
The two-handed backhand offers more consistency and control, which makes it great for returns and blocking shots.
With two hands, it offers greater stability than you can achieve with just one hand. It also allows for a greater striking zone, whereas the one-handed backhand requires a close stance with the elbow close to the body. And when it comes to hitting above the shoulder, it’s easier to execute than the one-handed backhand.
The downsides of this shot? Less range of motion and less topspin.
Check out Pomyatinskaya’s tips:
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