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Le Backhand- One Small Detail Nobody Has Taught You That Will Transform Your One-Handed Backhand

The one-handed backhand even though not as popular and not as widely taught as the two-handed backhand is a shot that when executed well can become a player’s biggest weapon. Now, in a different blog, I will discuss the reasons most tennis coaches choose to teach the two-handed backhand over the one-handed variation, but today I want to reveal to you a secret that makes players, such as Richard Gasquet or Stanislas Wawrinka have a deadly one-handed backhand.

The trick lies within the follow through. Most players are taught to follow through straight up; howeverm the best players in the world go beyond that point. They actually overextend their shoulder; however, they do so WITHOUT losing the balance of their upper body! Easier said then done, right?

If you train yourself the right way and strengthen your core and shoulders you will be on the right track to improve your one-handed backhand. Next time you are on court, force yourself to extend your hitting shoulder, but only do so without letting your entire body rotate too early. It will take practice, time, and an adjustment period, but you will not regret it.

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Comment by Paul Atreides on October 28, 2013 at 4:17pm

That's a pretty good lesson.  Although, I think the student's UBR could be a bit longer, with less independent arm swing ala Hoad, Laver, Edberg. 

Comment by VasMaz Tennis on October 27, 2013 at 6:26pm

Thanks Mark and Tim! I appreciate the positive comments

Comment by Tim Prapong on October 27, 2013 at 6:19pm
Very good backhand video! :)
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on October 25, 2013 at 8:16am

VasMaz - great post!  We featured it on our facebook page:

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