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How to Hit a One Handed Backhand

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In this video you will learn how to hit a one handed backhand.

Do check out the videos on the two handed backhand, the stance, down the line and cross court as well.

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In this video, you will learn how to hit a one-handed backhand.

In tennis, it is one of the most fundamental groundstrokes

The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through

Use the Eastern 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, do a unit turn with the racket leg in front and the racket shoulder pointing to the net

Hold the throat of the racket with the non racket hand

Pull the racket back until the hitting elbow is almost shoulder high

The racket head should point upwards and the butt cap should be pointing in the direction of contact

These two things will give you the leverage required to add power to your stroke

The shot

Lunge forward on the racket leg with the front foot at around 45 degrees

Don't step across with the front foot parallel to the base line as this will hamper the flowing movement of the backhand stroke

Drop the racket behind you and swing forward in a C movement with a straight hitting arm, up and across

Hit under the ball with a brushing effect to generate top spin

Remember to open your chest and extend the non racket arm back and down to counter the forward swing and to maintain your balance

Beginners often drop their non racket hand or don't do much with it

At contact, the arm should be extended and the ball should be in front and to the side

Present a firm wrist with the side of the racket perpendicualr to the ground

A common mistake is to keep the elbow bent through the shot

The follow through

Extend your racket arm in front and finish with the butt cap pointing towards the surface

If you have to run to the side to hit the ball, do a couple of side steps and have the racket leg in front as you hit the ball

Practice the backhand stroke against the wall or with a partner

Enjoy your game


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