03-15-2005, 04:26 AM
I've been struggling with my backhand for a while now, hitting shots that aren't clean and just kind of go off at an angle and I finally figured out why. I'm making contact much too close to my body, which makes for some "interesting" shots.
I can tell when I hit a good backhand cause I really feel like I'm hitting through it, but a lot of times I hit the ball too close and am basically jammed. What can I do to get out of this habit and hit the ball the correct distance from my body?
03-15-2005, 04:31 AM
Try focusing on hitting the ball IN FRONT of you. This way you will have more distance. If it doesnt work, focus on hitting the ball ON THE RISE so either your footwork improves inmediatly or, if it doesnt, your arms will be hitting the ball IN FRONT because your body (again, unless your footwork improves magically) cant get to the ball so fast.
Also try to hit the ball more to your left and slightly infront of your body, so you can, besides hitting through, PULL your shot more, giving you the feeling youre hitting with the correct distance from your body
hope that helps
cant stress it enough- work on giving yourself more room to hit the ball- as in hitting in front of you- but a great technique is to hit on the rise. If it does not work- something is wrong with your footwork- then just try to work on your footwork.
03-15-2005, 05:24 PM
let me know if it works
I always take Tuesdays off, but I'll definitely play on Wednesday and will try doing what you suggest. I really hope it works cause I have a great forehand that I feel like I can do anything with. My backhand used to be solid, but it was so good that people never used to hit to it and now I have trouble moving to that side and judging where to position my body when I hit the shot.
Hopefully with both of your suggestions I'll be able to get my shot back on track.
03-15-2005, 09:48 PM
I really hope it works cause I have a great forehand that I feel like I can do anything with. .
Do you have a goo forehand? Think a little.... if your problem is that you're hitting the backhand too close to your body, but you have a great FH...turn around your backhand and hit with your forehand as much as you can! (once again, this implies better footwork).
Just like Younes el Aynaoui (sp?) used to do: he avoided his backhand most of the times and hit forehands. This way you will only hit backhands when the ball is not close to your body and is too away you can't run over it. Thus, when you hit bakhands, they'll be at a good distance from your body.
03-16-2005, 12:10 AM
Actually, don't let the ball get out to the left, you want to be able to stroke through the ball. There should be no pulling involved. Your power on the shot comes from the extension of the left arm; the right arm is just an indicator of direction.
Try instead, swinging the racquet back earlier than you do now, like a second earlier and extend into the ball in front of you.