Photo Credit: PBI Magazine
In this side-by-side comparison of the great Bill Tilden with Roger Federer, we see that racket preparation for the one-handed backhand has changed little in the 75 years between these photos.
1. A wide base with the weight on the front foot
2. The core moving through the line of the shot
3. The head looking forward and down
4. Racket head below the level of the ball
5. Eastern grip with the butt cap pointing at the ball