awkward Back hand height

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by maverick447, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. maverick447

    maverick447 New User

    Dec 27, 2004
    Foster City CA
    Got a chance to play with a kid (might turn Pro soon) . This kid was great and power was not his only weapon. All hit shots were endowed with moderate to heavy Top spin . I was able to manage his forehands pretty well but the backhand was awkward . The bounce is around the service box and loops close to my Head heght ( I am 5 .11 ) when it reaches me close to the base line . This pattern totally threw me out . Either i managed to slice , which gave him ample time to punish me or hit it long . I agree that my BH isnt as consistent as the FH .

    Any tips to counter this ?
  2. ZhangM58

    ZhangM58 Rookie

    Apr 2, 2005
    All I can say is to try to take the ball early. Instead letting the ball kick up, take it on the rise with your backhand, hit it down the line and close in to the net. This is harder to do if you have a 1handed bh.
  3. Grimjack

    Grimjack Banned

    Feb 18, 2004

    I have no tips to help you beat anybody about to turn pro. Such a player would lay bagels on me for the rest of my life. I do, however, wish you luck.
  4. Exile

    Exile Professional

    Jan 10, 2005
    You dont need talent to play tennis, but it sure helps, so does luck.
  5. C_Smith

    C_Smith Rookie

    Apr 6, 2005
    i would just try and hit deep slices. On occasion i would try to take one early, but i think deep slices would be the way to go.
  6. Tennis Ball Hitter

    Tennis Ball Hitter Semi-Pro

    May 4, 2005
    sheesh, that is some high kick. I can't get my kick serves to bounce that high.

    I have to be with Grimjack on this one. The only way I can think of countering this is to take it early. But since it bounces around the service box you going to have to really anticipate the shot is coming and move in very early. Then you have to decide if you can move into the net off your shot or if your have to haul your ass as fast as it can go back to the baseline.

    Or you could step back, the easier option, but if it bounces that high at the base line, you are going to have to have one hell of a BH otherwise he'll just move in and put away the volley.

    How high "loopy" is the shot/what is the net clearence of it? it sounds like a good shot to try next time I play.
  7. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    Can't give advice when it comes to facing a player like you described (turning pro), but....

    I would try to curb those kicking shots with deep slices (like someone else mentioned), hopefully forcing either weaker shots or loopers that lack kick.

    Taking it early helps on approach if he doesn't blast passing shots on you left and right. If you're good at very flat or even sliced half-volley approaches, that might cut off time and give him less to work with. Not saying the flat half-volley approach is easy, though.

  8. Carley1986

    Carley1986 New User

    Jan 30, 2005
    From my experience, there is 2 way of tackling opponent with topspin. One way, is to take the ball very early (on the rise) like roger federer or agassi, or to stay far behind the baseline like rafael nadal. If you choose to stay back, you have to make sure you hit your backhand deep so that he doesn't put it away with a volley. However though I agree with the other posters. Many players these days can't handle slices, so you might give it a try.
  9. newracketagain??

    newracketagain?? Rookie

    May 18, 2005
    is youre avator pic, or whater its called of you ??

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