I've never had a good offensive backhand - the two-hander was always awkward and ineffective, so I mastered a slice. This is useful for rallies, but worthless as any offensive tactic.
I've finally started to develop a topspin one-hander, but I need to work on consistency. I'll hit a few shots with good pace and spin and I'll feel like Federer, then I'll clunk one into the bottom of the net or into the fence.
Thing is -- I think I'm doing the same thing! I'm very conscious of my footwork and swing from low to high with topspin.
Wonder why that happens from time to time...I don't think it's game-ready.
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Ok here is one of my Secrets for my backhand.
Do not Face the Net but hit the ball Facing the back fence use eastern backhand grip. the rest should be easy to figure out.
Hey, I agree on you on the loading. You want to show your back to the net when you load the one-handed backhand. Otherwise it won't work like it should. Good tip!
Well, facing the back fence is a good way to line the torso and chest. I can see that working out because facing the back fence forces that to happen. This is probably the hardest part, along with the heel to toe weight shift forward.
Visibility of the ball is another factor. I have students look mostly out of their right eye and have them angle their heads to 10 o'clock. This makes them do a take back at least to 6 or to 5 o'clock. I feed the ball from a shorter distance then gradually pull back farther and farther.
Some students will naturally turn their heads to get both eyes working for depth perception and get their chin over their right shoulder. Getting that front shoulder stretch is also another thing.
Tim you have figured out some of the other issues with backhands. but standing backwards fixes Time-ing, and balance as well.
CoachV tennis tip: all backhands are hit off of 1 foot. if you are righty then its the right foot. lefty left
I don't know if you're replying to me, John. But I don't have them make steps. Instead, I have them balance on their right leg and I put the feed right where they need to focus, hitting at ten o' clock.
Yes, standing backwards makes it possible to feel the start of the one hander, where the right shoulder is low and the racquet is high. That's the first timing beat.
Then they get to feel the low to high sweep more completely linked to the shoulder roll. The shoulder roll and heel to toe balance shift to the right leg is the second timing "beat".
The other exercise I have them do is to have them feed balls to themselves as they go heel to toe along the baseline, hitting one handed backhands. They feel themselves striding, shifting weight from left leg to right, hitting 5 or 6 backhands.