Help With Backhand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by HollaBack, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. HollaBack

    HollaBack Guest

    I have a two hand, power/topspin backhand that has been giving me trouble. When I hit, I rarely make a solid connection. As of late, I have been covering with a mediocre one hand, but I need to fix the problem... if anyone could offer some advice it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. joebedford

    joebedford Rookie

    Mar 27, 2004
    Can you give us more to go on? Are you watching the ball? :) Are you overrunning it?
  3. Hawaii 5.0

    Hawaii 5.0 Rookie

    Feb 16, 2004
    Here is something very general, but almost always good advise for broken down strokes.Basically you need to go back to the basics(shorter backswing,more continental grip,closed stance(regardless of if you hit open, but closing you can track better).Also try and hit flatter to focus on directional control.
  4. bcaz

    bcaz Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Yes to the above ... and with the two-hander, it's vital to keep the arms reaxed and loose, not tighten up and fist/muscle the ball, and keep the grip with your dominant hand but drive up and through the ball with your top hand, like a non-dominant forehand.
  5. VTL

    VTL Guest

    I would add this: try hitting the ball relatively out in front of your body, and also make sure u're footwork's not sloppy.. sometimes when you're uncomfortable with something it's the footaction that evaporates first.
  6. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Usually on the twohander if your not getting clean contact it is because your rotation is pulling your swing path or changing the swing path when it needs to be heading to the ball the most.

    One thing I find is a lot of twohanders with contact problems usually pull their head towards the left shoulder which causes the right side of the body to raise and "fall away" towards the left. If you do this you will never have a good backhand.

    Try to stay centered and the head still, you want to make contact around the front hip area. Lighten the load on your left foot (if your right handed) so it can swing up after the hit. This will help your centrifugal force stay centered and not pull off.

    Always try and put your body in a 45 degree angle to the ball when you swing forward and make contact. It is ok to not have the 45 degree angle during your backswing or as you coil, but once you swing forward, the most powerful position the plane of your body can be is on a 45 degree angle when contact is made.

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