View Full Version : High bouncing 1hbh..

11-06-2009, 05:53 AM
...is a very difficult stroke - But Wawrinka and Gasquet seem to make mince meat of the ball no matter how high it bounces for the most part. Ok they are pro's yes, but does anyone know the secret? I end up coming across the ball too much it feels, and up putting a sort of side spin on - which i'm sure is wrong..and kills my arm if i'm being moonballed consistently!

11-06-2009, 06:15 AM
Hitting a 1HBH at a high contact point is one of the more difficult shots in tennis. Not only are they pros, but you are talking about two of the best backhands on the tour. I would recomend playing a hard slice in that situation in matches while you are developing your ability to drive it and come over the ball in practice.

Check out this video from USTA player development analyzing Gasquet's BH

11-06-2009, 06:42 AM
CORNO, the video above is a good example of the backhand your refering to (on the 30th second)
coming over the top, finishing high and hitting through on your followthrough is whats been working for me,
the slice is also good, but still not an offensive shot at that point,
best you can hope for is good placement, depth and bounce, either low(slice) or high(topspin)

11-06-2009, 06:46 AM
In Agassi's new autobiography, his dad makes him hit 2500 shots/day with the ball machine from the time he is a little kid, because that means 1,000,000 a year.
Yeah, this was crazy.
And even Agassi's dad made him hit the two hander, figuring the one hander would be too hard to master.
But it begins to give you the idea for the number of shots it takes to get this stroke down.

And Steffi's dad got into a fight with Andre's over goran ace's point ^ about the superiority of the slice backhand.

Just don't scrimp on the off court training to have the strength/endurance to hit these high backhands in long sessions needed to finally master the high topspin backhand: www.asmi.org/SportsMed/media/thrower10.swf

11-06-2009, 07:07 AM
here's a vid of me successfully hitting a really high 1hbh, although my form is terrible and there was no pace on the incoming ball.

scroll to 2:10 or so


In D Zone
11-06-2009, 07:43 PM
Try preping early, either you step in to hit the ball on the rise (short compact 1hbh stoke), or you move diagonal (quick)back step and make contact when the ball starts to drop from the spin.

What works well for me is, whatever I decided to do 1hbh or slice I'll go for it 100% not doubting or worrying if I'll make it on not. I time I stop analyzing was the time I started improving my 1hbh. I has become automatic , I can now even hit a low cross court 1hbh on my approach shots.

check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3UTB_peyDQ

In D Zone
11-06-2009, 07:51 PM
Another great counter offensive shot against high bounce balls to the bh is the Spanish SLice. Frequently used by Federer and Nadal. Basically, you bring racquet up across your bh shoulder, in a slicing motion to chop the ball from top of your shoulder or head and finishing the racquet downward. Ball will go down sharper as it pass the net and if you placed it short close to the BH side of the opponent. The heavy underspin will cause the ball to go dead or bounce low; forcing your opponent to dig up the ball over the net.