In pickleball today, you will see many backhand variations even among the top players in the game. Of course you still see the one-handed backhand that has been used since the creation of the game. However, in recent years the two-handed backhand has entered the game and become popular, especially with some of the top female pickleball players coming from backgrounds in tennis. Both are highly effective but allow different alternatives. The two-handed backhand gives players the additional power and stability from the second hand when it is needed.
Getting into more of the “nitty gritty,” the different strokes also allow a player to be able to hit a variation of “spins” on the ball, which has also become the new rage on the tournament circuit and has helped elevate the game of pickleball to exciting levels. The best of the players are now able to mix up their shots and hit with more power, which has made the game more challenging. With a tweak of the ground stroke, the ball can have backspin, top spin, or have no spin (flat). The one-handed backhand is typically used to hit backspin with a slice or chip, or used to hit a flat ball. However, the two-handed backhand stroke allows a player to more easily hit top spin and also a flat drive ball. Top spin can be advantageous because it helps the ball to stay in the court longer, allowing for more power to be put on the ball as well as angles.
This article will focus on the two-handed backhand groundstroke and give instruction on how to execute the stroke. The two-hander can be used to dink or drive the ball. When you are feeling up to the challenge, give it a try!
Step-By-Step Instruction On Hitting The Two-Handed Backhand Groundstroke
Step 1: Move your feet to get into position. You will not want to be hitting off your back foot, which will make your shot more defensive. Therefore, you need to use your footwork to set yourself up sob that you have plenty of time to step into the ball.
Step 2: Pull your paddle back once you are in position behind the ball.
Step 3: If you are right-handed, you will want to step forward with your right foot to ensure that you are stepping into the ball (vice versa if you are left-handed).
Step 4: Bend your knees and lean forward toward the ball. This will give you power using your core and legs.
Step 5: Make contact with the ball in line with the front of your body and with your weight moving forward.
Step 6: After making contact with the ball, follow through the shot by swinging your arms across your body. Your weight should be entirely or almost entirely on your front foot at this point.