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Photo Lesson: The Two-Handed Backhand on the Rise

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Hitting on the rise means taking the ball farther forward and earlier, as it's coming up off the bounce. This requires precise positioning and timing, but it offers a few major advantages:
  • You give your opponent less time to react to your shot.
  • You meet the ball before it gets above your comfort and power zone.
  • You cut off your opponent's angles earlier so you don't have as far to run.
The grip used here is the most common two-handed combination, with the left hand in an Eastern forehand position and the right Continental. Note the current court position roughly six feet behind the baseline.
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