While one-handed backhands are on the decline, it is hard to argue that they are still effective when learned properly. Players like Roger Federer and reigning Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka are proving that.
When perfected, the one-handed backhand is also arguably the most beautiful shot in the game. It is a fully rhythmic, sweeping extension of the body and racquet that requires precise timing and clean contact.
The one-handed backhand is indeed a shot for the tennis purist. To help you learn the proper foundations, check out the excellent instruction of our friend Coach Brandon Davis from Launch Tennis.