Depth on backhand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by !<-_->!, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. !<-_->!

    !<-_->! Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2004
    Messages:
    1,146
    As of late, I've found my backhand to be lacking depth. It's a somewhat flatter shot, or at least compared to my forehand. However, I am trying to apply for topspin to it. This shot has been landing right around the service line and it's left me in a vulnerable position as a result. Without uploading video footage or anything of the sort, what are some pointers that I could try to apply to gain some more depth. I play a 2-handed backhand.

    Thanks
     
    #1
  2. user92626

    user92626 Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Messages:
    6,182
    Maybe hit...harder or apply less topspin.

    I find that it's particularly hard to find superb power with the 2bhander. It really lacks the whippiness of the FH. For any power you need to engage so much weight shifting and torso strength.
     
    #2
  3. ManuGinobili

    ManuGinobili Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,591
    Try:
    - Loading up your shoulders more (so that the line between them is perpendicular to the net) for more power
    - Put your body weight into the shot also for more power
    - Get under the ball to give it a lift
     
    #3
  4. fruitytennis1

    fruitytennis1 Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,092
    Location:
    I wish i knew
    Bend your knees
    Assuming your a righty pretend your throwing a bag of potatoes over your right shoulder while hitting the stroke
     
    #4
  5. hawk eye

    hawk eye Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,090
    How about aiming to clear the net by some more margin..?
     
    #5
  6. Pioneer

    Pioneer Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    1,271
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
    #6
  7. Fedace

    Fedace Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    23,292
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    only way is to hit UP more. racket head finishes up high over the shoulder. follow thru high is what gives the ball depth.
     
    #7
  8. Kunohara

    Kunohara Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    941
    Location:
    Montreal, Qc
    Or, hitting through the ball more. Tons of people tend to exagerate the upward motion (basically quick-snap at contact) and get no juice on the ball, then wonder why it lands inside the service box all the time. Even though you're imparting topspin, you still need to hit through the ball some and extend into the court nicely. That is, if you want to have any pace with that topspin.
     
    #8
  9. ho

    ho Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Messages:
    617
    now you need to go a little farther on your mechanic, some how you already have the basic of it, the next part is to create a whippy motion at the end of your 2hbh to complete the stroke:
    draw a small (very small C ) with your 2 hand at the beginning of the forward motion, then the natural ( un intentional) movement of the wrists will slap at the ball for more speed and depth. left arm should extend far out straight before turn around to make sure that you hit thru the ball.
    You may hold the racket down more to the bottom of handle, some how your bottom hand is haft the handle bottom, that will give you more wrist action.
     
    #9

Share This Page