Lost confidence in backhand

egrorian

Rookie
I've been playing for forty years and can't figure what has gone wrong with my backhand recently. Sometimes I hit a good shot then the next one is all wrong - it's preying on my mind now and unless it's a slice I feel tentative even lining up for the shot, almost like the "yips"... I often end up "spooning" the shot or else miss-hit it and it lands in the service box or half way up the net. My forehand and the rest of my game is fine but my backhand has largely gone to pieces just in the last few weeks. Any hints and tips would be greatly appreciated.
 
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2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Try to hold the angle longer. Take the ball more out in front. Keep the hand lower at impact. Bend the knees more. Keep the off-hand on the throat a bit longer.

These are all simple "helps" to get the 1hbh on track.
 
Here are a few things you can try.

In practice- either with a partner, a ball machine, or a wall-
strive to hit the ball at an easy medium pace. Don't try to force anything-
find a steady fluid motion.

Concentrate on getting into position- so that the ball bounces into your "strike zone"
and your feet are positioned correctly and you are well balanced. Pay attention to the motion of your hand
more than to the racket head, itself.

You might try hitting with an old/soft ball so that you hear a satisfying "smock" sound when you hit it solidly.

You can also try hitting with an unfamilliar racket- this will force you to focus on the new sensations- an old wooden racket might do.

Don't just hit backhands- alternate between forehands and backhands
 

egrorian

Rookie
Thank you for all the advice, gratefully received. I have a court booking tomorrow so will feedback with how I get on! :)
 

egrorian

Rookie
There's still some way to go but I felt there was definitely some improvement on Saturday! While there were still a few miscues and weak shots at times, overall I felt I was hitting my backhand better - and with a bit more confidence - than I had been doing. :)
 
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Deleted member 776614

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Make sure you're turning sideways enough. When I get lazy I tend to open my stance more which really affects my OHBH. Getting sideways enough, starting low and moving my weight up and toward the net are the things I need to do to reset my BH.
 

srimes

Rookie
There's still some way to go but I felt there was definitely some improvement on Saturday! While there were still a few miscues and weak shots at times, overall I felt I was hitting my backhand better - and with a bit more confidence - than I had been doing. :)
What did you do that worked? Or did the "yips" just go away?
 

egrorian

Rookie
What did you do that worked? Or did the "yips" just go away?
Essentially I tried to bear in mind the advice I received above; I favoured the backhand on 50-50 balls to hit more from that side, bend my knees, early preparation etc. I guess most of all I tried to meet the ball out in front, trying to stay loose and hit with more confidence through the ball. That I felt I was partially successful was encouraging, though I know I'm not there yet. It's been an odd thing given how long I've been playing to quite suddenly lose all confidence in the shot.
 

cortado

Professional
I got this a bit when I learnt a basic backhand slice. When I first started playing I had no slice, so I had to go 100% for drive backhand on every ball that went that side. Once I learnt a basic slice I found myself hesitating on that side, and just resorting to slice on every ball.
What worked for me was deciding to go for drive backhand on every ball that side unless there was no other way to hit it except for slice/block.
 

egrorian

Rookie
I got this a bit when I learnt a basic backhand slice. When I first started playing I had no slice, so I had to go 100% for drive backhand on every ball that went that side. Once I learnt a basic slice I found myself hesitating on that side, and just resorting to slice on every ball.
What worked for me was deciding to go for drive backhand on every ball that side unless there was no other way to hit it except for slice/block.
Yes, ironically my bh slice is fine but hitting through the ball flat or topspin has been a problem for me of late. Honestly, many shots have been so terrible I have felt very embarrassed... and of course that just makes things worse.
 
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