In this video you will learn how to hit a cross court backhand.
Check out the videos on the one and two handed backhand as well as the down the line.
In this video, you will learn how to hit a cross court backhand.
Make sure you've checked out the videos on the one and two handed backhand
The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through
Use the two handed backhand grip
Do a split step and get into the ready position with legs slighlty apart and knees flexed
When you see that the ball is coming to the backhand, shuffle to the side and do a unit turn and bring the racket leg in front and the racket shoulder pointing to the net
Avoid stepping across as this will hamper the rotation of the upper body
Hit under the ball with a brushing effect to generate top spin
At contact, the arm should be extended and the ball should be in front and a little to the side
The ball should be ahead of the racket leg and the strings should be pointing towards the target
It's extremely important to have the strings angled at contact
If you hit the ball late, you are likely to send it down the line or wide
Late preparation and an inconsitent contact point are the major issues that need to be fixed for a good cross-court backhand
Another common mistake is to swing the racket down and across
For a one handed backhand, the basics are similar
Focus on stepping forward, hitting the ball well ahead, angling the racket at contact and finishing up and across over the opposite shoulder
The follow through
Extend your racket arm in front and across
Finish with the butt cap pointing towards the surface or the opponent
Practice hitting cross-court backhands with a partner
Enjoy your game