2H BH and racquets head speed

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  1. Tomek

    Tomek Rookie

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    What should I do to generate good amount of racquet head speed on my twohanded BH? I use semiwestern but I have problems with this issue. I often hit to late and make down the line shoot instead of cross court. I also don't have much topspin on it :(
    I know, that my left non dominant hand should care of this... But when I practice I can't manage to make a shot properly. I know that nondominant hand FH practicing is good in such cases, but I don't have many occasions to play this... What else can I do?
    Another thing connected with this issue. My coach (I'm both coach and academic player) said that I should play BH with left wrist speeding up. Than he said that it's just like in FH. So I didn't agree with him and said that forearm pronation is important, but not any wristy movement. Wrist should be still... He said, "no".
    Please ;) say that I was correct :!: I'm just beginning to teach tennis so I didn't want to get with him in longer discussion since he is much older and more experienced :idea: But now I want to show him that he was wrong (as I hope).
     
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  2. gohim

    gohim New User

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    Sounds like you are not turning to address the ball properly, and can't gain enough speed with a full swing and follow through.

    You need to make sure that you get your feet and body all the way into the correct position so you get a full swing and follow through. Are you hitting your backhand flat footed?

    I noticed that when I switched from a western grip and two handed backhand, that my backhand racquet speed increased.
     
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  3. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    When your not getting enough racquet head speed it is most likely because there is not enough shoulder turn. Try touching your chin with each shoulder. Make sure you relax the shoulders and just meet the ball at about the front hip area.

    Practice hitting slow balls, then medium paced balls and so on, until you feel yourself making clean contact. You will train your body to stay in the shot doing this and you will rotate around your center axis.

    Also, have a layed back top hand wrist. Your hands should be soft on the handle. The wrists should keep the racquet in a fixed position but feel relaxed.

    Bring the back shoulder forward so that the plane of your body (shoulder to shoulder) faces the 45 degree angle at contactl and rip it.

    Bend at the knees so you can free the hips to rotate slightly before your upper body.

    If you relax the hands/shoulders, bend at the knees and hit the ball around the front hip area, most of the above things will fall into place.
     
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  4. Tomek

    Tomek Rookie

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    Thanks for replies.
    I will play today and focus on these elements. Than I'll be back here... :)
     
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  5. Tomek

    Tomek Rookie

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    I've played and it's not so good :( I've been turning deep, so it's rather not that. I think that I have tendency of trying to hit to much forward (also at low height)- like if I was playing one handed HB. I can't speed-up with my left hand. So than, when I'm trying to play cross court, on the contact point my racquet in parallel to the net. And it's in front of me. I don't now how to stop playing so much in front of me and far from my body. In fact my BH looks similar to one handed BH... :roll:
    Oh, and if you could tell me when I should start thinking of changing to one handed BH...
     
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