Learn how to properly uncoil on the inside-out forehand!
From reading through many threads and videos on the two-handed backhand, the majority of people argue that the two-handed backhand is basically a lefty forehand.
However, tennis-legend, Andre Agassi, who possesses one of the best two-handed backhands in the game, says otherwise.
Andre Agassi: “I hit my backhand primarily with my right hand.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZFVQCfOQg – He states this after the point at the 12 minute mark)
I initially did not believe Andre Agassi knew what he was talking about due to the fact that many people said otherwise, but after experimenting with the technique and observing a lot of slow motion footage, it seems after all, Agassi knows what he’s saying. How could I have ever doubted him?
It’s understandable that his statement will yield different interpretations. People will think that you lead with the right hand throughout the entire shot; however, this is not what he meant by primarily using his right hand.
The right hand is the key to produce leverage. Leverage is achieved when the buttcap of the racket is pointed at the ball and the right hand is what gets you into that position.
The use of the right hand happens during the forward swing phase. From the takeback, notice how the left hand is leveled higher than the right hand.
Now in the forward swing, the right hand will be dominant. When beginning the forward swing and uncoiling the body, the positions change; the right hand drops, causing the left hand to fall below it. Here, proper leverage has been achieved.
All of this is what Agassi meant by him “primarily using his right hand.”
Though, in the end, as a result of the uncoiling, the left-hand will propel forward naturally and strike through the ball.
It makes sense for people to say that the two-handed backhand is similar to a lefty forehand because the left-hand is what really strikes the ball, but the forward swing phase and use of the right hand is what makes it not exactly like a lefty forehand. The right hand plays a key role in creating leverage and that is why Agassi says that the best backhanders in the world use their right hand in the shot.
Also check out my video talking about the key to leverage on the two-handed backhand:
Feel free to leave questions and suggestions for future videos and articles!
Yes! It’s been established that the earlier you hit the ball the more cross court you will send your shot. On the other hand, the later you hit your shot, the ball will naturally go down the line.
While all of this is true, the technique of aiming is often overlooked and/or not known about.
Listen here, to key to effectively direct a ball with great spin and pace is to get the buttcap to point in the direction you want to aim the ball.
Check out my video on this topic for a more in depth explanation!