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Bradford Tennis Tips - Strokes

How to Hit a Two-hand Backhand in Tennis

There are some advantages to the two-handed backhand: first, you have a shorter backswing and get a quick and powerful return of serve, and second, it's a good shot when the ball comes close into your body.

  • STEP 1: Turn your shoulders as you take the racquet back.
  • STEP 2: Move your dominant hand to the continental grip as you turn, or the eastern backhand grip if you prefer that one.
  • STEP 3: Slide your non-dominant hand down into position with the eastern forehand grip, with your hands touching but not overlapped.
  • STEP 4: Cross over with the opposite foot and move to the ball.
  • STEP 5: Dip your front shoulder as the ball bounces and prepare to swing.
  • STEP 6: Throw the racquet head over as you swing using your shoulders.
  • STEP 7: Finish the swing by coming up and over the opposite shoulder.


  • Guarantee a better finish by throwing the racquet head from the shoulders.
  • Keep your arms, shoulders and wrists relaxed through the swing and you will get a nice 'snap' or unfolding of the wrists at the point of contact.
  • A good two-handed backhander has quick feet that can move to the ball and get there early.