5 Reasons The Two Handed Backhand Has Helped My Game

5 Reasons The Two Handed Backhand Has Helped My Game

Have you ever seen a player run around every backhand to make sure they hit a forehand? Do you play with someone that hits weak defensive backhands that are effectively weak pop ups or fly to deep because of poor paddle control? 

Well I have been both of those players – sometimes just trading off from one to the other. 

Recently I decided to commit to a two handed backhand when returning serve, dropping and driving the ball. 

Why Did I Do It?

It was important to me that I stopped being targeted in better games to my backhand and find more comfort in playing the shot. What I was doing before wasn’t working and led to me being out of position when I ran around the backhand.

Why Is It Working? 

  1. Footwork & Positioning – A lot of poor shots often stem from poor footwork and by committing to the two handed backhand you are forced to get your feet and body aligned to hit the shot
  2. Power – By stepping into shots I am finding that I can apply additional power and drive the ball down the line, into their body or down the middle (hit it where they ain’t)
  3. Rolling the Ball Over – For whatever reason by getting in position, even more so to my forehand I feel like I can get on top of the ball and roll it over with power
  4. Drops – I am not being cute with my touch, with two hands I commit and hit a drop with pace and effectiveness
  5. Winners/Unforced Errors – While I still hit unforced errors because a backhand isn’t a strength, my ratio of winners to unforced errors has dramatically increased

While there still is a time and place for your one handed backhand, I would highly recommend you give it a try. You’re going to make some mistakes early on but I think there are instant dividends from hitting more powerful and effective shots. There is a good chance you aren’t hitting your current backhand with a lot of success, so there isn’t much to lose. 

3 thoughts on “5 Reasons The Two Handed Backhand Has Helped My Game

  1. I know most right handed players think that they can never learn how to switch hands and hit a left handed forehand. Not sure why a two handed backhand is better than learning a left handed forehand.

    1. Interesting thoughts, Duane.

      I’d say by and large, it’s just much easier to learn a 2-handed backhand rather than learn a lefthanded forehand. By keeping our stronger favored hand on the paddle, it offers a player significantly more control than a weak-handed forehand. Speaking for myself, it would take me a LONG time before I’d be able to hit a lefthanded forehand with nearly as much power as my 2-handed backhand, and I think my control would be even worse.

      Anecdotally, I’d have to say there’s SOME reason why we don’t see pro pickleball (or tennis!) players utilize 2 forehands (though we have seen 2-handed strokes from both sides in tennis).

      I’d love to hear more about how you ended up developing a lefthanded forehand!

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