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.