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Backhand
By: Andrew S. Rosz

South Florida Professional Tennis Instruction
Hollywood, Florida
, USA
(954) 922-8040

BACKHAND TECHNIQUES (Listed in their order of importance)

  1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings (watch impact)
  2. Maintain firm wrist(s) through the entire stroke; backswing, hit, and follow-through
  3. Turn TM2 to the proper o'clock position (turn sideways)
  4. Use full strokes; follow-through completely (complete strokes)
  5. React quickly; get your racket back and wait (early preparation using a two-step stroke)
  6. Hit the ball with an awareness of racket pitch at impact (open racket face at impact)
  7. Use the wrist(s) to point the racket low on the backswing
  8. Recover quickly back to the ready position
  9. Check the grip after each and every shot
  10. Use low to high strokes (let the ball fall into your strings)
  11. Special non-dominant hand awareness (two-handers only)

SPECIAL EMPHASIS TECHNIQUES - ONE-HANDED BACKHANDS

1. Offensive Backhands... 1,2,3

  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.
  • 2. Maintain a firm wrist through the entire stroke.
  • 3. Turn TM2 to the proper o'clock position.

2. Neutral Backhands... 10,4,1

  • 10. Use low to high strokes.
  • 4. Use full strokes; follow-through completely.
  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.

3. Defensive Backhands... 1,6,2

  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.
  • 6. Hit the ball with an awareness of racket pitch at impact.
  • 2. Maintain a firm wrist through the entire stroke.

SPECIAL EMPHASIS TECHNIQUES - TWO-HANDED BACKHANDS

1. Offensive Backhands... 1,11,2,3,4

  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.
  • 11. Special non-dominant hand awareness.
  • 2. Maintain firm wrists through the entire stroke.
  • 3. Turn TM2 to the proper o'clock position.
  • 4. Use full strokes; follow-through completely.

2. Neutral Backhands... 11,3,4,1

  • 11. Special non-dominant hand awareness.
  • 3. Turn TM2 to the proper o'clock position.
  • 4. Use full strokes; follow-through completely.
  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.

3. Defensive Backhands... 1,11,6,2

  • 1. Watch the ball all the way to the strings.
  • 11. Special non-dominant hand awareness.
  • 6. Hit the ball with an awareness of racket pitch at impact.
  • 2. Maintain firm wrists through the entire stroke.

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