Racquets/ prestige, problems w/ bkhnd return

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
The racquet wh$re is back- I play a lot of doubs & my big problem is the return from the bkhnd side and my opponents go after it big time and with great results. My answer for this problem was to go from my Prestige mp to a stick with more pop - I hit with the O3 red, white, and yes it helped a little but I missed the feel of the Prestige, so I traded the sticks in for another fxp Prestige mp strung with the power fxp 17g at 57 lbs.

I have a long swing on the forehand but the bkhnd is a short defensive shot and I usually slice it or hit it flat, and my return either is hit high where the volley is put away or into the net quite often. If it wasn't for my lousy bkhnd I'd probably be at a 4.5 level.

I know with less power ( Prestige) it's going to be tough going, but i can't give up on the Prestige, I've went back to it four different times as I love the feel of this stick. In regards to the bkhnd, it's a one hander with a con't grip - any suggestions are welcome.
 

cghipp

Professional
I have similar issues with my backhand sometimes. I find myself hitting with too open a stance, and finishing across my body. When I start hitting too defensively I remind myself to get that right foot (if you're a righty) out in front - step into the ball and make sure you're moving forward onto that foot as you're hitting the ball. Also, remember to use that left hand to help pull your racquet back as you're moving to the ball. I find that it helps me get a fuller swing, finishing the swing up and out instead of across my body.

If you love the Prestige, I'd stick with it. I hit with them for many years (Prestige Tour and i.Prestige) and they are great racquets. Just concentrate on your footwork and preparation and the rest will take care of itself in time.

Another thing that helped me, though, was trying to change my attitude about hitting the backhand. I really lacked confidence in it and tended to freeze up a little on that side. Tell yourself that you hope they hit it to your backhand (or that you want to hitting it) because your stroke has improved so much and you're looking forward to hitting it.
 
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fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hmmm... I feel your pain because I'm trying to get more consistent with more of my shots and my return is only now coming along in a big way. I took up a 2hbh at the end of the summer and got a very reliable backhand return in the process. Oh, and I'm doing this with a new (well, new for me) LM Prestige mid. The more flexible frame has given me more freedom to swing out and land lots of shots that I use to hold back on, but I'll admit that my timing is still coming into focus with the higher swingweight.

The return has to be the least practiced shot, right? I suppose you'll need a sympathetic hitting buddy to serve to you on a few outings so you can develop the timing you need, but a big return is sort of a leap of faith for me. I'm beginning to trust it because I've put some time into the shot and I'll be more up to speed this summer. Use the racquet you love and swing away, but get your weight moving forward and shorten the backswing on the return. I was frustrated for a little bit, but that's the learning process. Go out to the practice court with a liscence to miss and you'll find the shot.
 

bcsax123

Semi-Pro
You string it a bit high too.
Mostly just technique though. Just get ready faster and take a big cut at the ball.
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
You string it a bit high too.
Mostly just technique though. Just get ready faster and take a big cut at the ball.
57lbs too high ?


Thanks all for the tips, but a 2hnd bkhnd after playing for thirty years wouldn't work, feels too odd + I tried it.
 

bcsax123

Semi-Pro
57lbs too high because you can't generate pace with your backhand. You say the Prestige is lower powered, so just lower the tension to make it higher.
 

kbui

Rookie
Hey there, you're not alone. This is very common. I tend to also freeze up a little on my 1hbh topspin.

Just PREPARE EARLIER. Take that racquet back, step to the ball, and when you're close, plant that front foot and explode into the ball (momentum is forward).

That racquet is great, just work on the the stroke and it will eventually flow :)
 

rocket

Hall of Fame
I have a long swing on the forehand but the bkhnd is a short defensive shot and I usually slice it or hit it flat, and my return either is hit high where the volley is put away or into the net quite often. If it wasn't for my lousy bkhnd I'd probably be at a 4.5 level.
This should go in the 'Tips' forum, as I don't think it's the racquet... anyway, my 3 suggestions:

1/ Lob the guy at net. Hit it just beyond his reach, down the line or cross-court. You can also charge the net in the process if you're good at volleying/smash. You'll force them to hit a good ball back at you.

2/ Slice the ball cross-court, at a very sharp angle, the closer to the net, the better. You'll force the server to run up & scoop up a low ball, giving your partner the chance to put away an easy ball.

3/ Run around to your forehand. Steffi Graf does this all the time. Do it only when the ball is in the air & the server is about to hit the ball.

You'll miss a few in your 1st attempts, but will eventually get comfy at doing this. Good luck!
 

Bottle Rocket

Hall of Fame
If you've been playing for 30 years, why have you ignored your backhand?

I think you can get away with a weaker backhand return in singles much easier than you can in doubles, a slice return is just waiting to be punished.

Just work on your backhand... Nobody I know has ever regret improving their backhand. It can only lead to good things. What level do you actually play?

A continental grip is proper for a slice backhand. It is not correct for a one-handed top spin or even a flat backhand. What grip do you use on your forehand?

I played a former college player who won't use anything else except for his original Head Prestiges. He has a fantastic one handed backhand.

- As far as running around your backhand, I don't recommend that unless you're playing only to win. If you're playing recreationally, do not run around your backhand. Do not run around your backhand when you're warming up for a match, you must thing longer term. Save the running around for when you're down match point.
 

rocket

Hall of Fame
- As far as running around your backhand, I don't recommend that unless you're playing only to win. If you're playing recreationally, do not run around your backhand. Do not run around your backhand when you're warming up for a match, you must thing longer term. Save the running around for when you're down match point.
For some ppl, e.g. Steffi Graf who won 22 slams, the slice BH is more natural to them. She can hit a topspin BH, but is more comfy slicing it. Nothing wrong with running around the BH to hit your FH though, particularly in doubles when you only have 1/2 court to cover. Sure he can try & improve his topspin BH in practice, but in matchplay, the slice BH will come back as it's kinda natural to him. What then?
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
If you've been playing for 30 years, why have you ignored your backhand?

I think you can get away with a weaker backhand return in singles much easier than you can in doubles, a slice return is just waiting to be punished.

Just work on your backhand... Nobody I know has ever regret improving their backhand. It can only lead to good things. What level do you actually play?

A continental grip is proper for a slice backhand. It is not correct for a one-handed top spin or even a flat backhand. What grip do you use on your forehand?

I played a former college player who won't use anything else except for his original Head Prestiges. He has a fantastic one handed backhand

- As far as running around your backhand, I don't recommend that unless you're playing only to win. If you're playing recreationally, do not run around your backhand. Do not run around your backhand when you're warming up for a match, you must thing longer term. Save the running around for when you're down match point.
Eastern on the forehand and it's good, bkhnd...I've worked on it but not enough i guess - I'm a 4.0 on a good day.
 

DRtenniS1112

Semi-Pro
I use the Flexpoint Prestige MP and the backhand return is one of my favorite shots. Especially in doubles, I play the add side and love to rip one way out wide in the alley or at my opponents feet. I actually prefer my backhand return to my forehand. I don't think its too much of the racket.
 
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