1hbh Problem!!1

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by darknight08, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. darknight08

    darknight08 Rookie

    May 29, 2006
    I have noticed when i have time for a 1HBH, its really solid with good pace and good angles. But two situations are killing it and ruinning EVERYTHING!!1



    What do you do when its a topspinned ball close to ur feet???
  2. Jonny S&V

    Jonny S&V Hall of Fame

    Apr 28, 2006
    Northern MO
    What do you do on the run?
    A. slice it hard (it's very easy to do on the run)
    B. hit a floating slice it if they don't come in
    C. lob it
    D. go for broke, topspin down the line
    I would go with options B or C, both high percentage shots
    What do you do when the ball is hit at your feet loaded with topspin?
    A. half-volley it
    B. lean in with your shoulder and slice and come in (your shot will have an absolute crazy amount of backspin that it will be EXTREMELY hard for your opponent to handle it)
    C. run around and hit a forehand on the rise
    D. back up and hit it on the rise
    I would STRONGLY suggest options B or D. You also don't have to follow option B into the net (if you don't like the net).
  3. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Jul 15, 2006
    Houston. Texas
    Hitting on the run is fun with a one-handed backhand. Must be a personal sense of timing and feel for body position/body movement relative to ball speed and position at contact. I’ve never hit with anything but a one-handed backhand, but I'd think that a two-handed backhand would be even more difficult on the run.

    Plus...it really depends on what you mean by "on the run." If you mean "desperately" on the run, then you don't have an easy answer. You slice it back to the best of your ability (or whatever shot you can, depending on how much racquet you can get on the ball).

    If you just mean a standard on-the-run-shot, then it's back to what I said about personal sense of timing. You work it 'til you feel comfortable with it. For instance, borrow a ball machine and set yourself up for forced on-the-run backhand shots and practice them over and over until you feel more comfortable with your timing -- and perhaps with someone critiquing your shots while you're doing it. Or, get someone to help you with on-the-run backhand drills by feeding balls to you on court.

    But I dunno...that's just sort of my take based on the phrasing of the question. ;)
  4. AngeloDS

    AngeloDS Hall of Fame

    Apr 1, 2005
    On the run, I wrist flick or slice it back. If it's too far away for me as I was dragged from one side to the other; wrist flick cross court short angles for the winner or wrist flick lob.

    If it's not too far, I just slice it back. Wait until I get my chance to hit a topspin one handed backhand.

    Close to the feet -> open face & out in front, block it back.

    You have to be patient and know when to use the shots.
  5. darknight08

    darknight08 Rookie

    May 29, 2006

    Thanks man great tips,

    but i want to know how you can hit an solid flat/topspin balls under those situations?
  6. Geezer Guy

    Geezer Guy Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2005
    Big Canoe, GA
    When chasing down a backhand on the run, be sure you angle-in to the ball - don't run parallel to the baseline. Be sure you step toward the net with your right foot as you swing. Don't step across (toward the sideline). This will let you step into the ball and drive it either cross-court or down-the-line.

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