Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by erik-the-red, Sep 23, 2005.
Among the active mens players with single-handed backhands, who has the shortest backswing?
A 1 handed backhand takeback is long because eventually you need the racquet facing the back of the fence so your wrist is in position to hit a 1 hander thus the takeback is long so you need early prep.
Exhibit A: http://www.tennisplayer.net/public/..._sample_archive.html?FedererBHCenterSide3.mov
Exhibit B: http://www.uspta.com/html/e-lesson-Backhand side view.swf
Exhibit C: http://www.imagesbyevvy.com/tennisforall/article 1.htm (move you mouse against the letters so to see the pictures, you'll see if racquet face the fence at some point on his takeback)
Enough said I think for a 1 handed backhand drive or topspin a long backswing is needed.
SageOfDeath: Do you by any chance have a similar link to the serve?
No pro in the ATP or WTA for that matter has a short takeback on the 1 hander. The only time they have a short takeback is when they block the ball back from being stretched wide.
Schalken, Blake, Pavel have imho quite compact onehanders.
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