This article will not be too wordy but will have a lot of pictures.
When discussing the proper way to hit strokes many things are covered, however not too often where the correct alignment of the butt of the racquet should be. In many cases if the butt is correct the rest may follow suit. So, let’s begin with the backside- the butt.
When hitting the traditional, closed stance forehand in either the eastern or continental grip, the butt should be facing your back hip.
The butt for the open stance, western grip forehand will be facing out at approximately a forty-five angle.
For both the one hand backhand topspin and slice the butt is not facing towards you but rather out, and again, about a forty-five angle.
The two hand backhand held in the conventional eastern grips will be facing toward the net going straight past your stomach.
When you have reached the coiling position on your serve the butt is behind your head and facing sideways.
The butt for the volley will be forward and slightly in front of the head of the racquet and then even with the head at contact.
In all of the above examples, with the only exception being the traditional forehand, the butt will lead the stroke; not having the butt in the correct position at the start will lead to an errant shot.
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