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The Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson


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Grip and Early Backswing
grip and early backswing
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The basic one-handed backhand shown in this series of photos is hit with a full Eastern backhand grip, which is well suited to hitting the moderate topspin this stroke will have. A modified Eastern backhand grip will be easier for many players, so it makes sense to try both. They're similar enough that experimenting won't require any major adjustments.

This photo shows the turn toward the backhand side from ready position. In full ready position, the racquet would be held with the left hand on the throat as shown, and both feet would point toward the net. On a one-handed backhand, having the left hand on the throat is especially useful, because it helps to ensure a proper shoulder turn and a well-controlled backswing.


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