The two-handed backhand is very common these days in professional tennis, especially among women's tennis. The benefit of using two hands is that the extra arm can provide extra strength on the weaker side, which is especially helpful for kids. Many kids grow up with the two-handed backhand and since they become proficient and already competitive, many never switch to one-handed backhands. Using whichever backhand feels more comfortable is the way to go. If you ever switch, it should be an adaptable switch as many your overall abilities as a player help with the transition.
Two-Handed Backhand Grips
- Dominant Hand: Holds the bottom of the racket handle, using a continental or eastern backhand grip (knuckle on bevel 1)
- Non-Dominant Hand: Holds the grip above the dominant hand, using an eastern forehand or semi-western forehand grip.
- Like with the forehand, spread your index fingers for a better feel on the grip.
- To review the grips, watch the "Tennis Grips" video on the Forehand webpage
Hitting the Two-Handed Backhand
- Think of the two-handed backhand as a non-dominant hand forehand, with some extra guidance from your dominant hand.
- Like a forehand, elbows up, shoulder turn, extend through the ball at contact, and finish
- Finish across the body for high incoming balls and over the shoulder for low incoming balls.
Cocked Wrist During the Shot
Finish with Bottom 3 Fingers Open
The Lansdorp Finish
- The "Lansdorp Finish" is a different two-handed backhand finish that ends high in front of the chest instead of across the body or over the shoulder. It is especially useful when hitting approach shots inside the court as you run to the net.