I'm still having trouble with my backhand and backhand slice

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by darylrulez, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. darylrulez

    darylrulez New User

    Jul 7, 2004
    when i try to go under the ball to top spin it,the ball will be lobbed.If i hit it straight without looping,i hit it to the net or i hit it at the frame.
    And my slice has a slight improvement,but still isnt working. Help?
  2. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Re: I'm still having trouble with my backhand and backhand s

    Seems like you're going too far under the ball in your topspin attempts. Try the topspin on higher balls and stick with the slice on the low ones for now.
  3. darylrulez

    darylrulez New User

    Jul 7, 2004
    alrite so do u bring ur racket back till the bottom of the grip (whats that thing called?) is pointing towards the net??
  4. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    One important thing to make sure you are not trying to let the spin do all of the work, you have to drive through the ball well enough too. That may be what's causing your topspin shots to lob and flat shots low. Remember that on topspin shots, the idea is to get good pace and the spin will still keep it in the court. Don't be afraid to swing harder on topspin shots than on flat shots. Keep the same motion as you have now, just swing harder through it. Slice is the same thing: you have to keep your wrist firm and drive through the ball but with the racket head tilted back a bit. I used to have some trouble with slice backhands, but my new racket somehow drastically improved it. The racket you are using could be part of the problem, but not the sole cause for as much trouble as you seem to be having.
  5. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    You need to measure what 12 inches looks like from the center of the ball to the center of your racquet. On the forward swing the racquet needs to be 12 inches below the ball on the lowest part of the backswing/forward swing. Then it will naturally go up to meet the ball. The shoulder can swing the entire arm up in a 30 degree angle without you doing anything to change it. A 30 degree angle is perfect for the onehanded backhand and topspin. So dont alter it by adding stuff to it.

    Your racquet for topspin should be slightly beveled forward or closed as it passes your side to make contact. Once it gets to the contact area it will naturally square to the ball.

    Do not move the wrist and go through the ball. The onehanded backhand is like a bow and arrow. Later you can develop the super topspin shots, but for now you need to work on making clean contact and a ball that goes in the direction you want it and stays in the court.

    Extend your arm without moving your wrist out to the target. Then recover.

    For the slice, shift the racquet handle up into the V of your hand. This positions the racquet head properly. Then practice freezing your slices when you make contact and your wieight is on the front foot only! Hold the position for 10 seconds. You shouldnt wobble or try to gain your balance at all. You need to "stick" the landing at contact.

    Once you develop this, then add the followthrough. The swing is flatter than most people think, so dont chop. Meet the ball then go out to the target once you pass the first test illustrated above.
  6. steve s

    steve s Semi-Pro

    Mar 8, 2004
    Racquet head must be perpendicular to the court.Your racquet head must be pointing up. Your can't get to low for the backhand.

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