How to Hit a Cross-court Backhand

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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.

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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

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