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.