Do You Find It Difficult To Produce Great Backhand Shots?
The backhand shot is for many people far more difficult to master properly than forehand. However having a really great backhand can give you a distinct advantage over your opponent and allow you to have the edge in a game.
There are several reasons for this difficulty but most of them are actually quite basic and can be overcome if you put the work into it.
If you are right handed then everything you do which requires any degree of manual dexterity you will do with your right hand. You will be doing this, without thinking about it, numerous times each day, every day of your life. This means that we automatically get into the habit of positioning our body in a way which makes carrying out the right handed task comfortable and effective. The result is that we develop good hand-eye coordination on the right side.
The backhand shot is, of course, on the left side which means that our body does not feel comfortable and we have inferior coordination. It just doesn’t come naturally and it doesn’t feel right.
Another issue is how we view the approaching ball. We need to look straight at it so that the brain can process the information properly and make accurate judgments about speed and distance. If are trying to line ourselves up to return the shot on the backhand then we don’t always manage to view the ball straight and the resulting shot suffers.
Lets look at another possible reason why your backhand may not be so great. You just don’t have confidence in it and you avoid using it wherever possible. This is possibly one of the main reasons why a lot of people never really master backhand. If you never use it how can you ever hope to get good at it?
If this is you then you need to change your mindset towards it. You need to see backhand shots as your way to winning the game, not losing it. Think of it this way – most people find backhand hard and few ever really master it as well as they could. So, logically, if you make yourself one of the few who put in the effort needed and master it then that gives you a huge advantage over other players. Get good at it and get known for having a great backhand – get the psychological edge as well!
So How Do I Go About Improving My Backhand?
The answer of course is pretty obvious – PRACTICE!
If you want to be good at anything there are no shortcuts just hard work and repetition. Keep doing it over and over and you will get it right. This works for most things. BUT – and this is a big but – tennis is a highly skilled game and technique is everything. If your technique is bad you will never play great tennis no matter how hard you practice. It is essential that you learn the correct technique first, get it right and THEN practice, practice, practice until it becomes second nature. Then you will be on your way to being a great player.
If you are lucky enough to be able to afford a good tennis coach and you can find one in your area then this is obviously the ideal option. Nothing can beat personal coaching. If this is not an option for you then you can purchase books and guides which will help but ideally you will need to have good quality video instruction which actually demonstrates the correct techniques for you to follow. This is not something you can learn just by reading about it – you need to see it being done so that you can watch it over and over as many times as you need to, copy it in detail and get it right.
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