Hey everyone. This is Florian from onlinetennisinstruction.com.
Today, I want to take a look at Novak Djokovic’s two-handed backhand. I’ll show you some of
the fundamentals that make his backhand so great and that are also really important for
your own two-handed backhand. Novak begins his motion with the upper body turn or what’s
often called the unit turn. This basically means he turns the upper body and he does
not use the arms. He’s just getting the upper body into position andas you can see here,
his arms do absolutely nothing. That way he gets into this crucial position right here
where as you can see, he has coiled his shoulders more than his hips. So from this position,
he can later uncoil and generate a lot of power. Very few recreational players turn
the shoulders enough into this position. So from this position, we’ll see Novak drop the
racket into the slot position. He is basically just letting the racket fall into slot which
is close to the body as you can see right here. From the slot, we’ll see him swing inside
out to the context. So his hands are now close and they will then move away from the body.
Have a look right here. That’s how he gets to contact. Let’s have at that one more time
in really slow motion. Swinging inside out to contact, and now we can see how he got
to the contact point. The contact point is slightly in front of his right hipand at around
waist height as you can see right here. The next thing I want you to pay attention
to is Novak’s head position and how he’s fixating his eyes at the contact point. He has his
head slightly tilted so that he can keep his on the contact point. And that will remain
so throughout the contact phase. This is a very fundamental position that you will also
see with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and most of the other top players. This can really
help you to make clean contact with the ball. A lot of times, players turn their head too
early, and as a result mishit shots. Now have a look at the contact phase one more
time. As you can see, his eyes remain pointing towards the contact point and his head has
not moved a single inch. From here, Novak continues to move his arms and racket out
the target forward and upward. This gives him great depth and penetration on his shots.
Have a look at how far away his hands are from his body in this position. Now Novak
follows through and releases his arms naturally. Let’s have a look one more time at the whole
backhand sequence in super slow motion. So those are some of the fundamentals that
make Novak Djokovic’s two-handed backhand so great. If you enjoyed this video, I’d like
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