Many tennis player have an “OK” Backhand stroke, but it isn’t always considered to be a reliable stroke or even good enough to use as an offensive shoot. Some players, just rather avoid their backhands completely
In tennis, we all know that everyone’s biggest fear is letting their opponent know about their weaker parts of their game. Most common weaknesses are backhand returns shots. The game score can quickly go south, as soon as their opponent notices it, that weaker stroke will be picked on for easy points.
Did you know that even the pros have the same problem? For example, former No. 1 world champion Rafeal Nadal does not have the the strongest backhand returns and you see it time and time again, that most of his opponent’s strategies are to attack his backhand for the win.
Mastering the forehand comes easier than backhand. You’ll see a lot of advice and how-to’s offered on Youtube and social media, but to most players, mastering the backhand stroke seems unobtainable and too complicated to learn or perfect even though there are a lot of resources to look into.
At Go Go Tennis, we start by teaching the proper form and grip for backhand strokes. For a right hander, a two hand backhand grip,you should see the tops of your left fingers and the back side of the right hand with the knuckles pointing away from you (see below).
Through carefully development drills, we provide a pathway for students to develop a consistent backhand stroke that has good depth, pace, and placement. With time, our students begin to see how it can dramatically improve their game.
Once our kids understand the proper backhand grip, they can start to self-check if they have the right backhand grip before starting their backhand stroke.
Over the years, our tennis students have enjoyed massive success with a simple grip and racquet face change. We’ve seen improvement overall and more accurate backhand shots, which gives our students more confidence in their game with improved strokes. We changed kids that used to avoid their backhand to ones that love them and rely on them!
Playing tennis is fun and has many intricate components. We all have room for improvement, so be fearless, start by investing on improvements to your backhand and watch as your tennis game as a whole improves!
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