Issues with these strokes

Egoista

Professional
Can anyone help?

1. Having trouble hitting my two hander BH. Been arming it too much lately. When I go to hit it hard invariably it goes out. When I try to lessen the speed it is too topspinny and lands short .
Can anyone give me a refresher with the basics of hitting a good effective BH?

2. Have a good FH. But again lately cannot seem to hit the easier cross court shot with any real venom. Tend to hit too much topspin and am not able to go for the kill shot. Seem to "wrist" it alot and not putting enough torso, shoulder into it. The racquet does not seem to plough through the ball.

Do not understand ten years ago could blast it eyes closed. Now though too much of an effort to kill it for some reason.

3. Inside out same problem as point 2.

Can anyone help?
thanks
 
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Deleted member 699290

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1. For the backhand, you need to really make sure that you're getting your shoulders through the ball, rather than just arming it like you said. Maybe get someone (possibly a coach) to gently hold back the racket for the first part of your swing to get your shoulders moving before you start your arms going.

2. Ensure you're hitting it nicely in front of you, I have this problem too, I've watched some videos of Federer and Dimitrov that show just how much they hit through the ball, so I try to keep this in my mind. It definitely comes more easily when you hit the ball earlier than you think you need to. Also this will resolve your issue with cross court shots (like it did for me).

It's likely that most of these issues are due to you trying to "blast it". Try to focus on timing and getting a good connection and the power will come without needing you to muscle it. :)
 

Egoista

Professional
1. For the backhand, you need to really make sure that you're getting your shoulders through the ball, rather than just arming it like you said. Maybe get someone (possibly a coach) to gently hold back the racket for the first part of your swing to get your shoulders moving before you start your arms going.

2. Ensure you're hitting it nicely in front of you, I have this problem too, I've watched some videos of Federer and Dimitrov that show just how much they hit through the ball, so I try to keep this in my mind. It definitely comes more easily when you hit the ball earlier than you think you need to. Also this will resolve your issue with cross court shots (like it did for me).

It's likely that most of these issues are due to you trying to "blast it". Try to focus on timing and getting a good connection and the power will come without needing you to muscle it. :)
Thanks.

I tried the shoulder advice. Seemed to work a treat initially. However, I think I need to lengthen my backswing or take the racquet back earlier in order to hit it effectively and through the ball. I saw some strokes of Nishikori and the guy really takes it back earlier than plows through it.

The FH. I am trying to take it back earlier and hit through the ball earlier. Here, however t he crosscourt still seems to be an issue as timing comes into play.
 
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