BackHand: Swinging from the shoulder hinge vs. lagging the racquet head and pulling

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  1. Raul_SJ

    Raul_SJ Professional

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    On the one handed backhand drive, should one swing from the shoulder (as if the shoulder was a hinge and the forearm is relatively very passive)? Or should one "lag the racquet head" and then use a pulling type motion, where the forearm is much more active?

    I have heard coaches advocate both methods... Watching Federer, he lags the racquet head (on both backhand and forehand drives).
     
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  2. LeeD

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    That's where personal preference comes into play.
    Some use straight armed backhands, so it's purely shoulder.
    Some bend the elbow and use a combination of elbow straightening and shoulder....to different degrees.
    Go to a wall, hit 500 backhands a day for a week, and you'll have an idea what your physiology likes, prefers, or learned. And hit them fairly hard.
     
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  3. luvforty

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    the 2nd method is more versatile.

    practically speaking, for 1h players, the most important use of the topspin shot is for hitting passing shots... the method with active forearm is quicker to set up, easier to time, and generates more spin for a dipping pass.
     
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  4. Raul_SJ

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    Is it okay to use both?

    Or better to pick one and groove on that?
     
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