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[tennisbiz] 2 handed backhand

From: Paul Dale <>
Date: Wed 15 May 2002 23:51:38 +0100 (BST)

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Greetings,

I'm really surprised that we are still hearing
negative talk in the coaching community about
two-handed backhands.

The two-hander gives you greater security/ stability
on the higher balls as well as the return of serve.
As for those who say that two-handed players can't hit
backhand volleys, underspin or half volleys, it's the
coach's job to teach the player these shots! The best
exponent of the volley I ever coached, played with
with a two-handed backhand.

The question to be asked of any technique is can it
work in a variety of situations, under pressure, on
any surface, and be placed where you need it.

Reach on two-handed shots. If you can't do the above,
look for a solution. The solution may be to use a one
handed backhand, or it may be to stay with the two
hander and work on your technique with a good coach.

The biggest problem in tennis today? It's not two
handed shots, I think it's the fact that coaches coach
tennis from a technical stand point rather than a
tactical/ matchplay theory stand point. This is true
for all levels. Having the best form has never been
rewarded on the tennis scoreboard. Coaching should be
approached from a matchplay perspective right from the
first lesson.

Professionals like Agassi and Hewitt are just plain
smarter than their opponents day in, day out.

Paul Dale
New Zealand.

Paul Dale
Tennis Southland
Invercargill, New Zealand

Tel: (64-03) 214-7167
web site:
Received on Thu May 16 2002 - 00:10:40 CDT

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