– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from PlayYourCourt.com, and today we’re gonna show you how to hit a one-handed topspin backhand. – Hey guys, today we’re
talking about the one-hander. This video is for players with the player court
rating of 70 and below. If you’re not in our community, a player court 70 is the
equivalent of the USTA 4.0. So, Nate, talk to me here. One-hander. I have a two-hander. – Those things are
almost extinct now right? – I know, gosh. – Man, they are so pretty. I think every two-hander
wants to be a one-hander. The one-handed backhanders,
advantages and disadvantages. Obviously the higher balls and the returns are a little bit tougher. But man, you can crank ’em. You get the ball in the strike zone. You can really get some power. We’re going to try to
make this fairly simple. We’re not gonna get into the wawrinka
backhand or anything else. We’re just going to talk about if we’re really starting out
with the one-handed backhand, we’re gonna really start
with an eastern grip. This is gonna give us the
best path to the ball. Alright, and so, I think – Can I clarify real quick? – Yeah, what do you want to clarify. – Just to clarify to you guys. If you don’t know what
the eastern grip is, its the top knuckle on your index finger is directly on top bevel with your racket. Also, if you’re not familiar
with grips in general we put out a video on that. Click the link up above. We can run you through
exactly what grips are. Sorry, go ahead. – Perfect. Alright, so now that we
know what grip we’re using with the eastern grip, let’s talk about the unsung
hero of the one-handed backhand. And it’s your non-dominant hand. So if the right hand is
Batman, this is Robin. Alight, the reason this is important – Come on man, Batman and Robin. Alright, sorry, go ahead. – Yeah, Batman and Robin. – Batman and Robin. – You were a Superman guy weren’t you. – I mean, yeah, the
unsung hero is Robin gas. – It is Robin. Alright so, with this non-dominant hand, it’s important that the minute that we see that we’re getting a backhand
here where I’m already. The left hand is gonna
take the racket back, okay, and this is going to happen automatically with this shoulder turned. And I think some of you maybe
turn with your shoulders but I think it’s honestly easier if your left hand leads the shoulders. And this is gonna give you
all the torque that we need. We’re gonna have that wind up. – And that’s not that much different than a two-hander, right? Like I have a two-hander, my left hand, the top hand still is
the hand kind of guiding my shoulder turn and my rotation, so similar, just now it’s on the throat cause we obviously just one hand. – And it’s actually
interesting because to that, a little segue here, is if you
are currently a two-hander, and maybe you’re just a big guy or maybe it just doesn’t feel natural, if you’re gonna switch to a one-hander, we gotta get that top hand off the grip. Now one-handers are really gonna start with their hand up on the throat, okay. So now that we have that clarified, we’re gonna have the left
hand up on the throat, and we’re gonna use that
to take the racket back. I want you to notice here
what I’m doing with my elbow. When I’m taking the racket back,
I’m leaving the elbow high. We really don’t want the sleepy elbow or it’s gonna change
the path of the racket. – So almost like I’m kinda jabbin some. Just like a little HA , like
a little jab on the pullback. – Yeah, little elbow. Throw them ‘bows. Alright so, from here, we’ve got the uniturn elbows going back. And now from here, we’re just
gonna let gravity do its job. As I start to initiate my first step, I’m gonna allow my racket to drop. You’ll notice I’m in
the eastern grip here. And I’m gonna keep that
contact out in front. Notice what my left hand is doing. It’s going to start spreading
to pull my shoulders back and get that nice big finish. I didn’t hit you there did I? – No. I was mesmerized. I gotta say man, one-handers are definitely
prettier than two-handers. Just to clarify too guys,
so, and I think Nate, you’ll probably agree with me here. If I’m starting you out as a
beginner, 99 times out of 100, I want you to start with
a two-handed backhand. So if you’re watching
this and you’re a beginner and you’re trying to figure stuff out, I really personally recommend
the two-handed backhand. And we do have videos on that as well. This is something I kind
of hope you graduate to, or you know, there are sort
of bigger player out there, people with back issues that
have a hard time rotating with two hands on the racket. That may be sort of the
only time I would say, okay, even though you’re a beginner, we’ll start with the one-hander. But there’s a lot more going on here, and it’s a little bit less
stable out of the gates for you as a beginner player. So hopefully this is something
you’re working towards. You learn the two-hander first. It’s a good foundation to pick this up. Just something to keep in mind. – Yeah, so when Fetter
calls you’re gonna tell him. – Yeah, you gotta switch back to that. Well, he’s not a beginner.
– Switch back to that. I will say though, in a
conversation with Albalatery, he stated, he thought if
Roger had a two-hander that he would have been unbeatable. At no given point, anybody would have really ever been able to knock
him out of that top spot. – That’s why I’m unbeatable, cause of my two-handed backhander. – Debatable. So let’s review guys. Real quick, what are we talking about. We’re talking about an eastern grip. We’re talking about the left
hand being the unsung hero. Alright, really getting the racket turn. And this part, I want you
to pay special attention to. Step three is when the racket drops, really make sure that you’re
stepping into the ball. Right, it’s gonna happen at the same time. Alright, and then we’re
gonna let that racket go with the elbow spread. Why don’t we take a look at what some of these
backhands look like now. Alright guys, Scott and I are
gonna hit a couple balls here. And what I want you to take notice with this one-handed
backhand is the take back with the left hand on the throat. Alright, and as gravity starts
to allow the racket to drop, I’m also going to tie my step in. Making sure that contact is out in front. Through contact, I’m
going to spread the wings and really try to get the
back kind of flex here and I’m gonna finish nice and high. Let’s take a look at
what that looks like now. (ball volleying) – Some good looking one-handers there. So Nate, summarize this
for us, bring us home. Key take aways. – Yeah, so let’s just focus
on a few things here guys. So first, eastern grip, okay. And again, like Scott said earlier, if you’re not sure what that is, we go over that in a different video. The link’s up above. Alright, number two, the
unsung hero of the left hand. Okay. The left hand is going
to take the racket back with the shoulder turn. Alright, this is going to get
us in the loaded position. And number three, the
part that probably gets the most confused is because
it’s a ribbon based thing, is really getting the timing of going from your left
foot as the racket drops. You’re establishing that right foot. So it happens very quickly. If you’re here too long waiting, it can get a little bit funky. And if you let the racket
drop and then take a step, obviously you’re in a lot of trouble. And then finally, alright,
we’re gonna spread the wings. After we strike the ball,
the left hand extends back. Right, we kind of pinch
that saccular in our back, and this is going to give
us this nice balance. – I’ve got a bonus for you too guys. If you watch Nate there, one of the things that I think you’ll see, his head stays very still
as he’s hitting the ball. Everybody who obsesses over
Roger Fetter’s backhand, that’s sort of the one like staple is that head stays still through contact. So that’s really gonna prevent you from flying backhand’s deep. So if you focus on these things, that quick bonus of
keeping the head still, you should be able to hit a
great one-handed backhand. – And guys, you’re gonna notice. If you get out here and
you’re getting high balls, you’re working on this return a serve. This is the most difficult one. So don’t fret, it’ll come in time. Honestly, the two-handers the advantage. – Just takes reps. – Yeah the two-handers the advantage because of the highball
on the return of serve. Just make sure you’re moving back. The one-hander really operates the best when we’re getting it in our strike zone below the waist or at waist level. – And guys remember that Nate and I just want to see you
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10 thoughts on “How To HIT A One-Handed Topspin BACKHAND – Tennis Backhand Lesson”

  1. Wondering if there are both handed players that can play backhand with left hand and forehand with right hand? Is such thing possible? I know Nadal is a right handed but plays like a left handed.

  2. I wish that you had talked more about the timing of the weight shift. You kinda threw that in there in the recap without talking much about it, and even exaggerated it in the demo shots. Great video and great channel.

  3. Hey guys, really enjoyed the video and great channel indeed! I have a question about the 1 handed backhand. Do you lead with the buttcup during the forward swing and then release the forearm and the wrist just before impact, similar to what would happen on a forehand?

  4. Thanks for the easy to follow instruction on the one hander. My question is do you hit the one handed back hand with a straight arm or is there a bend in the arm as the ball is hit? Same question on the forehand…. straight or bent until contact? I appreciate the time you put into these video's and hope you success… I have found they help my strokes (4.0)- even at my level.

  5. Eastern grip made a world of difference for me. More consistent , topspin and power than my regular -i think continental-grip.

  6. When the stroke is first introduced you guys note to keep the arm holding the racquet up. However, I notice that in execution you don't do this yet the strokes are still good. What advantage is created by keeping the arm up?

  7. So when you said Eastern grip do you mean the knuckle should be on the "front" side where contact is made or on the "back" side?

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