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Hi, I'm right handed and play with a two-handed backhand. Which arm is supposed to supply most of the power with this shot, my right arm or left? So far I've been using my right arm mostly, and I've kinda noticed that I don't always get as much pace on my shots, but whenever I try using my left arm I always mess up the shot and can't get it to work. Also,does anyone know what kind of grip Andy Roddick used on his two-handed backhand? I've been using a continental grip on my bottom hand and semi-western on top.
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Hi, I'm right handed and play with a two-handed backhand. Which arm is supposed to supply most of the power with this shot, my right arm or left? So far I've been using my right arm mostly, and I've kinda noticed that I don't always get as much pace on my shots, but whenever I try using my left arm I always mess up the shot and can't get it to work. Also,does anyone know what kind of grip Andy Roddick used on his two-handed backhand? I've been using a continental grip on my bottom hand and semi-western on top.
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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

As far as I'm concerned it should be the left arm. Try to practice more with the two-handed backhand with the left arm as the dominant one, maybe care more about the weight transmission between the left and right leg in order to gain a little bit of more pace (if you didn't do it before, of course). There are some videos on Youtube done by coachews that are interesting, just type in Youtube "two-handed backhand" adding maybe the words "grip" or "wrist" if you don't find a properly video.

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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

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Hi, I'm right handed and play with a two-handed backhand. Which arm is supposed to supply most of the power with this shot, my right arm or left? So far I've been using my right arm mostly, and I've kinda noticed that I don't always get as much pace on my shots, but whenever I try using my left arm I always mess up the shot and can't get it to work. Also,does anyone know what kind of grip Andy Roddick used on his two-handed backhand? I've been using a continental grip on my bottom hand and semi-western on top.
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The general consensus is that the left arm should do more of the work. You should feel the ball more with your left arm, and use the right to help you stabilize the shot and guide the ball - it's there to assist.

There are some deviant accounts though, most famously from Andre Agassi, who advocates using the right arm. These are very few and far in between.

I'm not sure why you're interested in Roddick's backhand, as he's not exactly known for the shot (though his is better than people credit him for, and his issues are not grip-related, per se), but I'm pretty sure he uses right-hand continental.

The typical grip combinations are either top-hand Eastern / bottom-hand Continental, or a double Eastern ("two-fisted backhand").

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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

I use the right arm.

I normally play a 1 handed backhand now however was taught a 2 hander when I was a youngster and still use it on the odd occasion when I prefer more control.

If you are worried about power, try to get more movement forward into the shot as it may help in that regard.

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You could allways try getting the same amount of power from both. In general I think most people would say the power comes from your non playing arm . If your going for lots of topspin , you need both pretty much equally . From how a coach taught me , you need to focus on turning your body as you hit it.

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You could allways try getting the same amount of power from both. In general I think most people would say the power comes from your non playing arm . If your going for lots of topspin , you need both pretty much equally . From how a coach taught me , you need to focus on turning your body as you hit it.
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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

Both arms play a large role in hitting a 2 hander, however, your body wind up and uncoiling along with the weight transfer is what will provide the most power.

The left hand is especially crucial when muscling balls especially defensively and high balls. The right hand does arguably have the least importance, as it is essentially the anchor for the shot anyways, but much of your racket head speed still relies from the right hand.

Either way, kind of a rough question to ask as some grips definitely change how you hit the ball dramatically. I know some 2 hand backhand players, who barely put their off-hand into use except as a guide while there are definitely others who muscle that ball all day with their off hand. The way I see it with other similar scenarios, whatever feels most right and proves successful just do it, I wouldn't worry too much about these details.

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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

One thing that hasn't been mentioned in terms of the actual swing and generating power is making sure the arms are relaxed. One of the biggest mistakes people make on the two-hander is a tendency to firm up on the shot a bit like you might on any one-handed swing. Many people do this either when trying to force the ball over or in feeling constrained by using both hands.

But you have two arms to handle any incoming ball, and you've got that plus your core and legs (as everyone has mentioned) to generate power. It's important to be as relaxed as possible with the arms in order to optimize your potential for swing speed.

It's a basic thing that a lot of people fail to do. You see a lot of stiff two-handers, people choking up on the handle or trying to force the shot, and they just don't get much out of it.

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Re: Have a question about two-handed backhand?

Yes it should always be your non-dominant hand. Tie that in with as described above a relaxed shot, let natural acceleration and deceleration occur on your swing, or you won't get the racquet head speed needed to get bite on the ball. Also two-handers often cramp themselves without giving themselves enough room to hit the stroke out to the side. Keep that in mind, and you should be able to produce more power.
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