trouble with 1 handed bh

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by carazymcmahon, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. carazymcmahon

    carazymcmahon New User

    Oct 1, 2006
    I'm having trouble keeping my arm straight during the swing.
    I used to kinda unfold into the ball(flexing my tricep kinda?), my arm was straight at contact though.

    Is it bad to lead with the elbow during the swing? and

    any tips on keeping my arm straight?

    If a video would be easier I can get one in the next few days.
  2. AznHylite

    AznHylite Semi-Pro

    Jul 25, 2007
    Vancouver BC
    Well what I would say is that you should hit the ball a bit farther in front of you.
    That way your arm can stay straight instead of curving at the elbow, etc. :)
  3. Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    You can't hit a one handed backhand properly by keeping your arm completely straight for the whole stroke. In fact, even having your arm perfectly straight at contact is "wrong".

    Who told you to do that? Why are you trying to do that?

    Has you backhand gotten worse since trying to keep your arm straight during the swing? Unfolding into the ball, as you put it before, is a much more "proper" description of how it should be done.

    Check out this thread->

    Check here for some nice and short instructional videos->
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2007
  4. The Dolphin

    The Dolphin Banned

    Aug 8, 2007
    straighten your arm out as your turn your body, justine henin, gaston gaudio, kuerten, pretty much any one with a good backhand, does this.

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