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JackB1 02-15-2013 06:45 PM

Video of some 1 handed backhands
I recorded some ball machine hitting today.
Please let me know how the technique is on my backhands. I just switched from 2 to 1 handed, so I know it needs work. First off I see that I am swinging too much horizontal and not vertical enough. I need to Finnish higher. Any help is much appreciated.

marosmith 02-15-2013 07:02 PM

It seems like you are starting with almost a slice motion. Really get the racket low and come up quickly. Aim like 4' over the net until it drops in.

luvforty 02-15-2013 07:56 PM

maro is right.

you know there is a 'dog padding' position for 1hbh also... aka the power position where the face is closed, then you swing up and forward.

you are not hitting that position.

Mahboob Khan 02-15-2013 08:12 PM

Make sure that you use full Eastern BH grip (the base knuckle of the index finger on panel 1/the top panel).

NLBwell 02-15-2013 08:38 PM

You are opening your shoulders and chest too much and too early. This is causing the racket to drag behind in the swing. You need to get the racket below the ball and should finish with the shoulders, arm, and racket in a line pointed toward the net with the rackethead up high. Also, you need to get your front knee bent - for many balls the knee should be bent at 90 degrees.
See the clip below(and there are lots of others).

JohnB 02-16-2013 09:16 AM

Nice to see a video of you hitting again, Jack.

Your forehand looks nice!

What you well with your forehand is stepping towards the ballmachine, sort of speek, during contact. You look like you are not doing that with you backhand, but you tend pull sideways. Your backhand will improve if you're moving your weight towards target.

JohnB 02-16-2013 09:27 AM


Your stepping is pretty good, but you OPEN-UP sideways with the shoulders.
Try to keep your shoulders more in line with the target during contact.

TennisCJC 02-16-2013 09:57 AM

I play 2 HBH and am not a coach but NLBwell has it right. You open too soon too much for 1HBH and racket face is a bit open. Get body and racket low so you can come up into contact. Visualize the racket face coming up to touch the bottom of the ball. It doesn't really hit the bottom of the ball but it should approach the contact from below.

rkelley 02-16-2013 10:27 AM

I hit a 2hbh so beware of my advice, but I agree with what I've read above.

You're opening your shoulders up too much before contact. You're not getting the racquet head below the ball at all. The combination of these two things means that you're kind of slinging the racquet through the ball. Your grip might want to be more Eastern - hard to say.

On other thing, keep your head still and your eyes on the contact point until after you've completed the stroke. Don't immediately pull your head around to follow the ball from the racquet - it doesn't change the flight of the ball, but likely messes with your stroke because you've probably started to move your head before contact.

You're initial set-up looks OK and the basic hitting structure of your arm and shoulder look OK (no bent leading elbow).

BevelDevil 02-16-2013 01:29 PM

Use your left hand to pivot and drop the rackethead slightly below the ball. This will allow you to hit with top spin rather than slice. Watch this:

Relinquis 02-16-2013 02:51 PM

- try to finish higher.
- bend at the knees more instead of bending over at the waist, get low for these low balls (they are low).
- how is the depth of these shots? if at service line, where is the 2nd bounce? if not deep beyond the baseline then you need to hit more through the ball rather than just across. You want your topspin to kick forward and send your opponent back rather than just sit up in the middle of the court to be crushed.
- Make contact more in-front and step into the ball rather than trying to hit almost slice. The contact point is further ahead than in your forehand.

Overall, not bad for a practice backhand given that you are a two hander. Let's see how you hit when you're letting it rip...

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