How Do You Hit A Backhand In Tennis
If you like tennis, you can learn how to hit backhand with your racquet. You can learn how to hit an effective backhand ball with a few simple guidelines that will improve your backhand swing and your game.
The backhand swing is a very important part of the game of tennis. It is used both offensively and defensively. You can use two different grips for backhand; either the continental grip or the eastern grip. The continental grip will put the palm of your hand at more of an upper slant, essentially at a 45 degree counterclockwise angle from that of the eastern position. For the eastern position, you'll want to turn your hand approximately a quarter circle counter-clockwise from that of the continental position. Left-handed people should reverse the positions with their left hand.
The continental grip will put more of a topspin on the ball, whereas the eastern grip is used more for hitting a lobbed ball, a sliced ball, or a drop shot. To hit a backhand swing:
- Keep your grip loose on your racquet - Do not hold the racquet too tight or you can lose control of the racquet.
- Pull the racquet toward the inside of your body - Keep both of your arms close to your body.
- Cross your right foot over - Keep your right shoulder forward, toward the front of your body.
- Release the head of your racket for the shot - The swing should give you the sense that you are throwing the ball from your right shoulder. You will want the action to be an out-and-away action.
Backhand can be a difficult swing for some people. It can feel awkward at first, but with practice, it can become a natural swing for you.