A New Teaching System:
One Handed Backhand Technical Overview

John Yandell


The one handed backhand is the most elegant shot in tennis and some say one of the simplest. In some ways this is true, but not when it comes to the grips. There are probably 6 different forehand grips in the pro game. The surprising fact is that there are probably 6 different one handed backhand grips as well. These can generally be divided into two groups, classical and extreme. What top players use which and how do we define them? In this first article on the one hander in my new teaching series, let's take a close look at the range of one handed grips and see the checkpoints that identify them!

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.


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