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This backhand was influenced by watching Kuerten's takeback and finish. This is only an approximation of what I observed.
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Yeah, you're right. I turn my shoulders squarely for the shot against a big hitter. When I hit with 3.0s (seniors), 3.5 or 4.0s, I won't turn all the way around, because often times, they hit the floater and I don't want to get scared of my windup.
The Kuerten backhand sometimes starts with the racquet face to the sky. Really helps on the high balls. I know it looks like a slice prep, but it has save me countless times. Plus, I'm all ready for a slice drive too.
Actually Tim, just looking at my bh.... my take back is slightly squarer on with racket face facing side fence and then the racket goes over my left shoulder like you. I was slightly confused cos your take back reminds me of a slice but actually there are a lot of similarities in how we prepare for both shots.
Saying all this when you are hitting off the ground you just go through with the shot, theres no prep time, so in a rally situation your shoulders will prob turn squarely in preparation for your shoulder roll and shot.
When you say flatter to the fence, you mean the side fence then, right? Yeah, then I see what you mean. I have a shoulder roll where as you go straight through with the full Western swingpath. I developed the shoulder roll because I am 5'7'' and the balls will be over my shoulder more often than not. Laver had a great shoulder roll on his backhand, did he not?
Sounds great! I used to hit it more closed but then sometimes, I would be late and spray the ball to the left. So do you maintain the cocked wrist and stay shoulder bladed and closed with the hands at 6 o'clock (back fence)?
Aiming for the forehand corner. :)
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