The deadly angled backhand

TeamOB

Professional
I recently noticed how useful this shot can be. I can be hit with either slice or topspin with similar results. The topspin version is a bit easier to hit with a 1hbh IMO. The 1hbh provides a bit more spin and wrist flick that make it easier to hit at a sharper angle. The idea is to hit a cross-court BH that lands very short (inside the service box) and close to the sideline. To reply, the opponent needs to run forward and to the left and scoop a low ball from outside the sideline with his BH. The only thing they can typically do is bunt it back, which results in a sitter right in the middle of court. From there on it's just a matter of execution. You can step up and rip a FH to wherever you want (I typically hit to the open court and come to net). The result is absolutely lethal. I like this shot so much I now use it as my preferred method of being aggressive off the BH side. I used to try to attack with my BH by going DTL, but that is a much more difficult shot and often results in my opponent ripping a cross-court FH. The angle shot is easier to hit and much more effective IMO. What do you think? Does anyone else often use this shot?
 
I also love this shot (angled backhand cross-court) followed by a DTL one-hander topspin or a slice followed by a volley winner.
 

PhrygianDominant

Hall of Fame
This is a shot I am hitting well in practice but needs some more work before it starts working well in matches. The benefits are obvious.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
It's seen often in doubles.
Reply is shorter sharper CC drop volley, or low DTL into the alley, or sharp, service line CC low volley.
For every good shot, there are several possible replies that work for the given situation.
All the tactics work in singles as well as doubles.
 

TeamOB

Professional
I also love doing this against lefty FHs. If I can get the angle wide enough to make them slice their FH I win the point almost every time. It is also extremely satisfying (and frustrating to the opponent) to out-angle a lefty FH with my 1hbh.
 
It's a great shot if you can pull it off consistently. I have a two hander, so it isn't a percentage shot for me. I focus on consistent and penetrating crosscourt backhands, and I'm good at redirecting the ball down the line. I use my forehand for the angles.
 
I also love doing this against lefty FHs. If I can get the angle wide enough to make them slice their FH I win the point almost every time. It is also extremely satisfying (and frustrating to the opponent) to out-angle a lefty FH with my 1hbh.
When I play against a lefty I feel like it's my moral duty to win points with my backhand. Making a cross-court winner with my backhand against a lefty gives more pleasure than any other shot.
 

Silent

Professional
I'm trying to work the angle cross-court shot into my game, from both sides. I also like going parallel with my backhand, as it's my main attack shot, but the angled backhand opens up the court and keeps the opponent guessing. As long as the opponent is stuck hitting the ball back from outside the sideline, it will be coming back towards you and that's always an advantage.

Also, playing indoors with the dividers so close to the sidelines, you can drive an opponent insane with angled shots.
 

TeamOB

Professional
When I play against a lefty I feel like it's my moral duty to win points with my backhand. Making a cross-court winner with my backhand against a lefty gives more pleasure than any other shot.
Haha I feel just the same. Some lefties seem to think they are entitled to own 1hbhs. When they see my 1-hander they seem to think: "Ah easy win! I'll just hit cross-court FHs and dominate". It's hilarious to watch the expression on their faces when I unleash a barrage of angles, DTL slap BHs, and lethal inside-in FHs. They are like "WTF?! I guess I'm not Rafa Nadal after all". :)
 
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