Struggling To Maintain Balance Between Quality Forehand and Backhand

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  1. Machspeed

    Machspeed New User

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    I know, some of you are sick of reading these types of posts, but this may be a little different and as such perhaps those of you whom have experienced the problems I have will comment on how they overcame their issues.

    I’m a 54 yom in very good shape. I’ve played off and on since my mid-twenties but only in the last four years have I played regularly…..3-4 times per week. I’ve been told that I play at an upper 3.5 level. I’m right handed with a semi-western forehand grip. I have a one handed backhand. I have always seemed to struggle with anything hit to my forehand side, volley’s included. It is just not a natural swing for me whereas the backhand is. Last year I decided I was going to fix that and so I purchased a ball machine and took some lessons. Over that year, it greatly improved where I finally felt confident in hitting to that side. Indeed, my forehand was good and reliable. Not great, mind you, but pretty good. With all the work I put into the forehand, I felt that I had neglected my backhand and thus decided to work on the backhand, fine tuning it a bit. I took a few lessons and it improved quickly and beyond the level of performance I had prior to addressing my forehand issues. Now my forehand has regressed…. no power, most balls into the net, just like before……very frustrating to me. It is as if I just cannot get a good balance between my forehand and backhand swing. When one is good, the other is not so good but the forehand is horrible when my backhand is at its best. I’ve noted this in the past too. There seems to be some kind of conflict with me in maintaining muscle memory between these two different swings. Anyone else have/had a similar issue? Thanks to those who might kindly address my posting.
     
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  2. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    My first theory is it about contact point.

    You have a good contact point for your BKhand and likely use it for your Fh...where it is not so good. You likely practice the Fh and improve it thru improving your Fh contact point, but then carry that contact pt over to your Bh a bit and now degrade it.

    Imo, it is very important to realize a good, but different contact point for each of these shots.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    My guess/theory is you get your arm out of sync with your body more on the FH. Most "good" 1 HBHs swing from the shoulder like a pendulum and tend to keep the arm in sync with body weight transfer. 1 HBH don't have a lot of core rotation, but the pull back of left hand does transfer energy into the stroke.

    A lot of FHs let the arm drag too much or go into contact too early and the arm gets out of sync with core rotation.

    My suggestion would be to think let the right hip drive your FH in practice. Whenever you have time load the right leg with weight and bend the knees a bit. Then let the legs lift and drive the right hip forward into contact. Keep the arm relaxed and let the hip rotation pull it into contact. Keeping the take back compact also helps. If you get good weight transfer and let the rotation drive the shot, it will feel like hitting air at contact with more spin and pace then you would expect.
     
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  4. Machspeed

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    Thank you gentlemen, I put into practice last night what you recommended and I believe both of you are right. The comment regarding the contact point became especially obvious to me while I was hitting. On my forehand, I have subconsciously been hitting at the same contact point as my backhand which is actually closer to my body. Last night, I focused on making the contact point further from me on my forehand and it made a difference.....more spin and power. Moreover, the swing was effortless and more natural feeling. Thanks for responding!!!!
     
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    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    Glad it helped. It's a theory I came up with several years back and while I'm sure it's not always the issue, it seems to help most players on an issue like this.
     
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