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How to answer a difficult angle topspin backhand!


Question (John Lui):
 What if I (right-handed) hit a very
accurate backhand crosscourt shot which lands on
the sideline halfway between the corner of the
service box and the corner of the baseline –
forcing my opponent who is now in the doubles
alley to choose between going down the line over
the high part of the net or back cross-court to
where I am anticipating?
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How to Hit Your Dream Tennis Backhand Slice?


The tennis backhand slice is a real weapon that many in today world of power tennis did not care to learn or their teachers failed to teach them.

The cost to the present day tennis professional player has been staggering and the one profiting from this lapse is Roger Federer that even with a somewhat mediocre backhand slice (60s 70s or 80s standards) drives them all to tears.

Do you need a backhand slice? And Why?

Yes you do. To be a complete player a slice backhand is a must in you armor, because you will be 100 percent better at ATTACKING
, will have more choice and variations in your game and in defensive situations it is a gem to have.

Remember the fragile skinny girl on this tennis video lessons, she has a wide range of shots, hits the ball very clean, technically sound and she also can hit a wicked tennis slice backhand.

How and where can you learn it? Right here.

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How to hit an easy topspin tennis backhand?


There is this myth that you need all kind of huge powerful muscles and incredible strength to hit a decent topspin tennis backhand. The truth is you do not need any of that to have the correct technique and excellent shot making.

Why?

Take for example the fragile skinny girl on this tennis video lessons, she has a wide range of shots, hits the ball very clean, technically sound and if she wishes she can put as much zip and acceleration on her shots as any top woman player at WTA level.

Is there a secret to this? Yes and no.

It is all about keeping it simple, relaxed when needed and firm at the right moment.

If you found your right backhand grip it should be easy!


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Rafael Nadal – Tennis Backhand Topspin


Rafael Nadal at times can hit a pretty sharp double handed backhand.

In this situation though, he is in a rally and content to just hit the ball pretty hard with plenty of topspin back to the other side.

1. Notice how he drops the racket head way below the striking zone.

2. Contacts with the racket head open faced parallel to the ground.

3. He drives with a violent upward motion.

4. Lets the racket head naturally decelerate over his right shoulder.

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Richard Gasquet – Low Topspin Backhand


Richard Gasquet a young promising player, one of the few who has beaten Roger Federer in recent years.

In this video he shows us a somewhat laborious topspin backhand.

We have to take into consideration that it is a low bouncing ball and the surface is grass.

Therefore I would expect a shorter and more straight forward racket back-swing.

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Roger Federer – Topspin backhand on the run

To truly appreciate Roger Federer and his fantastic shot making we have to put ourselves in his skin and execute a one handed topspin backhand on the run such as the one on this video:

– What looks so easy and simple is a very difficult shot to execute so fluid, because of the running distance covered, adjustment steps, stop on a dime with perfect anchoring of left foot, perfect balance, good upright upper body position, drive of the ball with full extention of the arm and a strong recovery step.

-The running shows us three things, one athletic hability, two natural speed, three strength.

– The adjustment steps excellent coordinations.

– The stop on a dime, excellent eye ball distance adjustment and very strong upper legs (quads) to allow this kind of feathering and breaking.

– The perfect balance, great overall body strength to be able do this on the run.

– The upright upper body position, great bio-mechanics are key to great shot making, un up-right upper body position is a must, plus great rotational force as he demonstrates with the follow through..

– The unfolding of the shot followed by the strong recovery step, demonstrates good technique and tremendous lower body strength.

All in all this shot alone gives us an idea of what it takes to be a top athlete, plus the dedication and the work necessary to achieve such results.

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Roger Federer – Topspin Backhand

If you are to use this video as a tennis instruction tip, please watch these elements on Roger Federers topspin backhand and copy it:

– Notice the perfect gripping of the racket.

– Even though not seen in the video Roger comes from a low to high racket head motion driven at about waist level.

The ball contact is made early and out in front.

– Since he accelerates tremendously through the ball, he finishes the stroke at the full extension of his arm. A true stroke production delight!

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Tennis Instruction: Justine Henin – Topspin Backhand

Tennis instruction: Justine Henin delivers a top spin backhand.  I do not want to be critical of womens tennis or Justine, but I have great problems with the way the whole topspin backhand shot looks from the bio-mechanical point of view.

In Justine’s game what impressed me was not her stroke production (which in my honest opinion was pretty mediocre), you must understand that when I say ‘mediocre’ I am referring to N1 world class player, where she belonged, it was her running and footwork that was world class.

Justine with her small frame outran her much larger and robust fellow pros. There was no secret, she was just much faster then all others. Her quitting early opened the door for girls like IVANOVIC, ANA, WILLIAMS, SERENA, JANKOVIC, JELENA, WILLIAMS, VENUS and others, to have a shot at being Nr1 and to win a few grand slams.

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