The following is a personal story of when I decided to switch from a two-handed to a one-handed backhand.
But first, I want to take you back to the time I started to play tennis (at the age of 12)…
I was a skinny boy with weak wrists and forearms.
I barely had any control of my forehand, but my two-handed backhand was the main shot that I could rely on even when playing against older and more powerful players.
For many years, I had trusted the backhand more than any other tennis shot.
Later on, with the help of my father, who was willing to feed balls to me from the basket, I began to develop the forehand in order to catch up with my strong two-handed backhand.
My father would feed hundreds of balls every day to my forehand until I started feeling equally confident on both sides.
Years later, when I became a tennis coach, I realized that I needed to hold a few tennis balls in my non-dominant hand as I was rallying with my students, and so I decided to…
…”teach” myself the one-handed backhand… with which I fell in love from the first day.
It was not hard because I followed a series of progression drills that really helped me to understand the point of contact, the body balance (which is different than that of the two-handed backhand), and, of course, through a lot of repetition, I developed the timing necessary to hit the ball early.
The progression drills that I followed to learn the one-handed backhand are the same I use now to teach many students all the tennis strokes.
And I put them all inside the WebTennis24 program which you can have full access to:
Tennis is easy if you break it down into small tasks and put in the time to practice them.
Have fun learning or teaching this sport!