How to handle a deep shot with a single-handed backhand?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by erik-the-red, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. erik-the-red

    erik-the-red Semi-Pro

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sometimes, I like to joke around during practice and hit a few single-handed topspin backhands.

    There is one situation in which I am unable to launch [the backhand].

    How do you handle a really deep, at your feet shot with a one-handed backhand?

    I've noticed that Federer can kind of just semi-volley the shot. Is this the way?
  2. Kana Himezaki

    Kana Himezaki Semi-Pro

    May 18, 2005
    When it's right at your feet, it's hard for anyone to get.

    What you see Federer doing is a half-volley. You get low, bend your knees, take an abbreviated takeback, and your normal followthrough.

    It is pretty much the best way to do it, although it's hard. The reason being when it's coming deep and at your body a full backswing will considerably throw off your timing and you'll hit the ball out. Same reason you shouldn't swing at balls when you're at the net.

    Shorten your takeback and go for it. You'll find these balls have a small amount of underspin, since they're low (right at your feet, below your knees) and your attempt to push through the ball results in a slight high-to-low motion.
  3. Kobble

    Kobble Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    A well placed half-volley is the best play under most circumstances. The big problem is that you can't get under a low ball to put the much needed topspin on it in order to rip it. It is not even really about the type of backhand more than it is the type of ball you are trying to hit it off of. Even with my two-hander I just guide to my opponent's weaker wing, or what ever the situation calls for.

    FREDDY Semi-Pro

    Mar 5, 2005
    yeah... and have your racket back earlier than usual and then adjust your feet slightly further back then the baseline. i prefer standing half a foot away from the baseline so that i can chase balls down instead of having the ball chase me/
  5. paulfreda

    paulfreda Hall of Fame

    Oct 3, 2004
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Remember this is a defensive shot.
    If the opponent has gotten it back at your feet he has you on defense.
    So just hit the half volley with a short backswing and try to get it as deep as you can near their baseline. If they are taking the net, you are in trouble and will have to place it down one of the lines or get it up for a lob. But this is unlikely as a shot which catches you at your feet is usually hit with much pace and there is little time for them to get to the net.
    Short half volley swing and get it deep.

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