Chasing down backhand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by goeblack, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. goeblack

    goeblack Rookie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Lately I have been quite happy with how I have chased down some balls hit wide to my backhand. I get the jump on the ball. It is way out of reach but I get there and get a racket on it. BUT, then I have no power. I am stretched out and the ball is nearly by me. The shot is very weak if it gets over the net at all.

    I have seen the pros hit these balls and they somehow find enough power to get them back deep. What are they doing??? Is there a different grip for this shot???
  2. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

    Jul 27, 2011
    For me personally, when I am completely stretched to my BH side I always use a slice for one. To get power I REALLY chop at the ball, and it's absolutely important to hit the dead center of the sweet spot. Then it's just racket head speed and perfect hand eye, along with a correct racket angle.

    Other's probably have more precise advice though haha
  3. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
    At Large
    Part of why the pros are pros is that they have superior arm strength and hands/touch, so that is going ot be tough to replicate for the average joe. To get it back deep allow yourself more net clearance. If you're at full extension out wide and can't get your body behind it, you're going to have to throw it up high to get it deep.
  4. mightyrick

    mightyrick Legend

    Aug 19, 2010
    Austin, TX
    When I get this kind of a ball, I literally will switch hands and hit a choked-up left-handed forehand.

    I'm not that ambidextrous, per se. It just is a higher percentage shot for me than to try to hit a dribbling weak shot to a guy who is waiting at the net to crush my reply.
  5. double barrels

    double barrels Rookie

    Nov 29, 2011
    the courts, the bars, or somewhere inbetween
    what about a high and wide backhand?
    say I'm playing ad side returning some big kickers out wide, or the shot he's talking about above ^
    shoulder high or more, i'm wanting to just guide this ball within 3-4 feet of the baseline with moderate or more topspin
    i don't really want to be jumping at it, but is it just more shoulder turn, high finish

    000hate this shot !
  6. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    See GuiermoVilas and GustavoKuerten.
    High prep, higher finish, semi closed stance.
    As for the desperation get, aim higher over the net for depth, since you don't have power run out wide.
  7. Headshotterer

    Headshotterer Professional

    Jun 2, 2008
    stay loose and try to contact the ball not too late

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