taking a cross court shot down the line (1hbh)

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  1. rafafan20

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    I wanted to get some tips on turning crosscourt heavy spin shots down the line with my 1 hand backhand. Is the key to take the ball early? I can always return a spinny shot for a good offensive play off my 1hbh, but I'm pretty weak going down the line. Do I need to strengthen muscles or is it a technique thing?
     
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  2. Kilco

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    You have to be strong to counteract the spin. It is a low percentage shot so you shoudnt be doing it too often.

    Hit it out in front but a little later than cross court. Give it a good swing. If you are tentative and try to guide it down the long you will more likely make mistakes.
     
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    take it early and lean into it. Once it gets above your shoulder you are screwed.
     
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  4. rafafan20

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    thanks for the tip. I know its a low % shot but my #1 playing partner is a lefty and we get in a lot of his FH to my BH rallies and when I go down the line it is either short or ends up in the net, and his BH is relatively weak
     
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  5. 2ndServe

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    +1, there might be other factors but I find these to be most important. Also I find it best to be in a very closed stance, stay down, head and body not lifting up, with a long follow through. This is purely conjecture as I haven't hit a good backhand in 15 years but this is what I remember when I used to hit a good one.
     
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  6. Mongolmike

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    What about a block-slice return instead... sort of what you would do with a wide return of serve to your backhand. This is a quicker stroke to employ (does not take as long to set-up with a shorter backswing), decent enough control- if you can do this shot on a return of serve, you can probably do it with a return of ground stroke, and it is easier to drop shot or short shot this return... make your opponent leave the comfort of his forehand zone and race up cross court to retrieve your short return. Just an idea.
     
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    i do try to mix it up with slice but its not my strongest shot. I do use it and it does work. My biggest issue, as 2ndserve said, is coming open when i try to rip it to an open court DTL. always need to stay closed
     
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  8. 2ndServe

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    I had a pretty mediocre 1hbh as a kid and I spent one summer hitting with a guy who played on the tour.

    His said the inclination is for a player to look where they want to hit or to a certain spot on the court. This makes for too much head movement and thus changes other variables.

    What you want to do aim at spots over the net, you can keep your head quiet and using peripheral vision you can still clearly see the spot over the net (and most of the court) you want to hit. You'll control depth and angle with spin and how high you're aiming on the net. Now it'll take thousands of balls to get the range and what spot over the net with what spin will create what depth. On the 1hbh try just looking at the court out of the side of lead eye, it'll help you stay naturally closed.

    You'll also want to keep your elbow straight, once the elbow is bent past a certain point it's too weak and has one more variable to go wrong, plus it's a sure way to get tennis elbow. A bent elbow also causes you to go across the ball and produces a shot with too much float and not enough penetration.
     
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  9. rafafan20

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    great advice, I wrote this down in the notepad i keep in my bag, i certainly am guilty of bending the elbow too much.
     
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    The things I focus on when trying to go down the line with my one hander is strong shoulder turn, strong closed stance (I cant hit open stance yet) and not opening up the shoulders too much.
     
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  11. rafafan20

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    I know staying closed is my #1 issue, when i fly open the ball flies too. Keep firm elbow, stay closed, take ball early.
     
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    That's technique over power. Couldn't agree more.
     
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