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Player to Player: Switching to a One-Handed Backhand

March 26, 2012 11:44 AM
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Last week's question from Todd
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My son is 13 years old. He is in seventh grade and has been playing tennis for six years now. His goal is to make varsity tennis as a freshman. I am a high school tennis coach and believe he has a chance to do it. He has a good two-handed backhand but lately has been really consumed with changing to a one-handed backhand. Is this a good time? He is just starting to play competitive USTA matches and anticipating that this is going to be a long and rough learning curve for him. What are your thoughts?
Player Responses:
Kenny S., Chicago

If the player is still growing and at or over 5-foot-8, I would say a one-handed backhand could work. If not, stick to the two-hander. Teach the student how to hit a one-handed backhand volley with the other hand on the throat and not swinging. Also with the two-hander, teach a slice one-hander or a Jimmy Connors-like two-handed slice.
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