View Full Version : Backhand help! (video)

12-27-2009, 05:56 AM
I desperately need some help improving my backhand. Itīs by far my most uncomfortable shot. What do you guys think could improve it.
Iīve thought a lot about the takeback, but Iīm not sure how and to what I should change it. Also it might has something to do with my posture.
It would be really great with some advice.


I know itīs not the best video, and itīs only one shot - but it was the best I got

12-27-2009, 06:18 AM
AHO, I'm no backhand expert so I couldn't help you with this shot BUT You really need to post more than one shot.
The people who can really help you on this board have to have more than 5 seconds.
Get a longer video and come back. They'll be glad to help.

12-27-2009, 06:23 AM

There is a longer video here, but itīs a bit harder to see the takeback

12-27-2009, 06:59 AM
Good stuff, except the looking at your strings every shot

12-27-2009, 07:05 AM
Well, obviously, it's good enough at the 5 levels, so it's not bad.....
What don't you like? Your 2hbh seems consistent but not too strong.
Your 1hbh slice looks high and kinda slow, so maybe more shoulder turn, footturn, and harder slice with whichever grip you like would give it the biting pace and skid.
Lots of pros play with strong forehand and consistent backhand. As long as you can handle the fastmovers with your backhand (2hbh), it should be fine.
Are you looking for more OFFENSE with the 2hbh? If so, more shoulder turn, more violent swing, longer followthru, but your form looks good.
I assume you don't want to switch to 1hbh topspins, so I won't go there. Your 2hbh looks solid and consistent from the few we've seen.
Lots of top players believe we should be strong and aggressive one side, and more consistent and softer hitting the other side.

12-27-2009, 07:15 AM
Good stuff, except the looking at your strings every shot

Thanks - and I really donīt know what itīs all about. Had no idea that I was doing it :D

12-27-2009, 08:30 AM
Here you go.

12-27-2009, 01:36 PM
Well your racquet falls open (racquet face tilted up). Even if your racquet face is on edge you have to make many adjustments to get your racquets vertical at contact. Your racquet face should be tilted down (closed) when it falls. This will allow you to swing fast and confident knowing the ball wont go long. Hopefully. The first time you try it you will probably hit yourself in the foot. I always tell my kids to pat the doggy on the head. I say that so much PETA should sponsor me.

12-27-2009, 01:44 PM
Just watched the forehand. I would just try to relax and keep those strings tracking out longer. Remember the racquet is just vertical at contact. Pulling accross your body before you hav etracked way out will only shoten your hitting zone and slow down getting to the net or attacking a vulnerable. My bet would be you do great rallying with a freind but when you have to hit under pressure things start to go bad. Check out my tech vid. Hope it helps.