How to maximize topspin generation on the 1hbh?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by tank_job, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. tank_job

    tank_job Banned

    Apr 3, 2012
    I already use a semi-western grip backhand for the 1hbh, but despite this, I feel the trajectory goes lower than my forehand (which is full western).

    I naturally supinate through the ball and end up with a wind-shield wiper finish to the shot, as any other finish seems awkward with the grip I use.

    I want to hit way over the net on both sides.

    What tips can you offer so that I can get the same amount of spin on the 1hbh as on the forehand?

    Also, if anyone can link video's here of extreme topspin being generated on the backhand side, please share!!
  2. tennis_pr0

    tennis_pr0 Semi-Pro

    Aug 4, 2009
    you will not be able it generate the same topspin you to on your forehand with your backhand, if you are using a full western grip and hitting it with lots of spin. That being said, yoiu can still plenty of topspin with the one handed backhand. For more topspin, two things need to be done. One is your contact point should be a little further in front, allowing you to brush the back end of the ball more and hit through it less. Two is your finish. The writ and forearm should break up on the ball as you contact and finish, this is basically swing path, a more vertical swing path with putting an emphasis on the break of the wrist and forearm. Gasquet is a good example, he hits his backhand with a lot of spin and you can see the things I pointed out in his backhand a lot of the time.
  3. tank_job

    tank_job Banned

    Apr 3, 2012
    thanks, what do you mean the wrist should 'break up' on the ball?

    Same as 'brush up' on the ball?

    And does Gasquet hit with as much topspin on his 1hbh as Kuerten did on his 1hbh?
  4. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    If the racket head moves in the same low-to-high trajectory at the same speed you will get the same amount of topspin.
    This is possible with any grip, with the wrist breaking or not.
    Yes, Gasquet is good at this, as are a lot of other clay-courters who may have slightly different grips and strokes. The racket is moving upward quickly at impact.
  5. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Are you generating any where near the same racquet head speed on your backhand as on your forehand?

    To have high racquet head speed you have to throw the butt of the racquet at the ball as fast as you can, but with the head of racquet well below the butt.
    After the arm is fully extended, the arm supinates [actually external shoulder rotation] very quickly from low to high at the end of the stretched out arm.

    Tommy Haas demonstrates this very well in this video - notice particularly how low the racquet head is at 11 seconds into the video, and how close the ball is to the contact zone, yet his racquet seems so low and so far away that it seems impossible it will catch up (but he does because the wrist/hand/racquet hinges on that extended arm so very rapidly).
    Tommy Haas - Slow Motion Topspin Backhand

    Now it's great to see it one time in slow motion.
    But how about hitting it over and over and over again?
    07 26 09 Tommy Haas practicing backhand at 2009 LA tennis Open with his coach

    Would you like a backhand like this?

    Good luck!

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