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.
Left hand leveled higher than 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.
Right hand drops, left hand falls below the right.
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:
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