Two-Handed Backhand: Grips
By Doug Eng, EdD PhD
In the pro game, as in all levels of tennis, it's remarkable how many players now use the two-handed backhand. About 75% of the top men are two-handers. Among the women that percentage is 90% or higher.
The dominance of the two-hander is undoubtedly one explanation for the apparent monotony of playing styles. Virtually every player is some version of a baseliner, with some simply more aggressive than others.
Finding a pure serve-and-volley player on tour is as likely as finding a pearl while walking on the beach. Pure counterpunchers are almost as rare.
The dominance of the two-handed backhand has helped create the perception that top players are becoming carbon copies of each other. But is that really true?
The fact is that all two-handers are not the same. There are important differences in grips, backswings, elbow positions, and use of the wrist, all of which have implications for how the pros play. These implications are equally as important for players at all levels who want to improve their own two-handers.