dbl-handed backhand spin

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  1. drummerboy

    drummerboy Rookie

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    Hi guys

    I will post a problem I am having with my dbl-hander. It seems that no matter what I do I just can't get the spin to the shot. I tried to get down in the knees more, close the racquet head more etc, but nothing seems to work. My balls are always completely flat and tend to sail long. It seems that they have some weird rotations sometimes like from right to left but never a good forward spinning motion. What shouls I do? Thanks

    Matt
     
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  2. BLiND

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    Low-to-high swing
     
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  3. Anonymous

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    use your wrist a little as you make contact
     
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  4. kevhen

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    Bring the left wrist over the top as you swing. I generate much more topspin on my backhand side than I do on my forehand side. I start with my left wrist vertical to the ground and end up with it parallel to the ground.
     
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  5. Cypo

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    I wonder, since you say the ball has right to left rotation, if you are following through across you body instead of forward ?
     
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  6. drummerboy

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    Thanks for the tips guys. Yes Cypo you can be right about the wrong follow through, but I am just a recreational player and I play by instinct and I can't see my mistakes. I probably should lead the ball more forward like the Landsdorp way, right or something like that. I just can't find the cure for my dbl-hander for now.

    Matt
     
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  7. gmlasam

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    Hit low to high. Assuming your right handed, use a western forehand grip with your left hand, the dominating hand, and use an eastern backhand grip on your right hand, non dominating hand. Hit the ball in front of you and follow through. Keep your arms lose and hit the ball with trunk rotation instead of muscling it with your arms. That should give lots of top spin with pace. Thats what I use and it works wonders for me :lol:

    Here is a more complete instrution on it. Look here, http://www.tennisserver.com/turbo/turbo_97_10.html
     
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  8. Bungalo Bill

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    If your righthanded, it could very well be that your righthand is too dominant in the stroke. It is pulling your swing across and or if your not moving your feet to setup properly you will turn your wrists and hit long.

    For you, I would recommend hitting only with the top hand for awhile during practice. Learn to hit a topspin forehand only with your tophand. You need to practice this for several weeks until you break this habit. It may take a couple of months so don't be surprised.

    The key area you will be battling is boredom. You must stick with it no matter what until you start seeing improvement.

    The above comments are also good to incorporate, being loose, hitting around the front knee area.

    Your balance could be off as well. Balance can be affected by weak stomach muscles - especially for onehanders. In my quest to get back in shape, my personal trainer pointed this out to me. He sat me on one of those balls and had me lift one foot off the ground forcing me to balance myself from the ankles to re-teach my ankles stabilizing muscles to hold the balance. Whenever he told me to suck in my gut, I noticed that it was a lot easier to hold balance and my posture improved, when I forgot to hold my stomach firm my posture got sloppy and it was harder for me to balance myself.
     
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  9. drummerboy

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    Thanks a lot for your help. I will certainly be paying more attention to the things mentioned above. I will try to change some things and hope that something works. If not my ProStaff Classic 6.1 is going to the garbage and I am gonna choose another sport like ballet j/k.
    See ya

    Matt
     
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  10. gmlasam

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    But seriously, if you are going to throw away your racquet can you send it to me?
     
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  11. Truedge

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    I tend to think of a two handed backhand like a lefty forehand except my right hand's there to guide the shot..
     
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  12. gmlasam

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    That is exactly how a double handed backhand should be thought as. Just mirror your forehand grip with your double handed backhand. The dominant arm should be the left, if you are right handed, and your right arm , non dominant, is there only for support.

    Like I stated earlier, I use a western grip with my double backhand same as with my forehand.
     
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