How To Absolutely Crush Your One Handed Backhand
Are you ready to discover how to absolutely crush your one handed backhand?
Because that’s what today’s article is all about. Many players often struggle to find power on their one handed backhands. Some people even say that the only way to get more power on the one handed backhand is to get physically stronger. Now, having a stronger shoulder, core, and legs can improve backhand power. However…
There are some simple tips you can use to add speed to this shot, without spending any extra time at the gym.
Here they are:
One Handed Backhand Grip
Let’s make sure you have the right fundamentals, starting with the grip.
You want to use more of a semi-western style grip to get the most out of your one handed backhand. The more your hand is closer to a continental grip, the harder it will be for you to produce the power you want.
Try moving your hand so that your hand is more behind the grip. This will let you drive through the ball while creating maximum topspin.
First Move On The One Handed Backhand
After you’ve got the right grip, the next step is to have the right first move.
If you think about the best one handed backhands in the modern game (Federer, Gasquet, and Wawrinka to name a few) they all have very similar first moves. They all start with the racquet tip up and have smooth, relaxed take backs.
Starting with the racquet tip up will let you get more racquet head speed and accelerate through the ball quicker.
So, start with the racquet tip up on your first move, and then let the racquet drop under the ball naturally to rip through it for more power.
How To Absolutely Crush Your One Handed Backhand By Relaxing Your Hand
Relaxing your hand is probably the most effective adjustment you can make to get more power on your one handed backhand.
Gripping the racquet too tightly creates tension and will slow down your racquet head. Make sure to keep your hand as loose as possible so that you can whip your racquet through the ball.
Having a loose hand is also important to your first move.
When you take your racquet back, make sure your arm moves smoothly. Any kinks or disjointed movements will slow down your momentum and reduce your power.
Footwork On The One Handed Backhand
The next tip is to have the correct footwork.
You really want to get on your front foot if you’re trying to get more power. If you’re moving backwards, or even to the side, you won’t be able to transfer your weight into the ball as well compared to when you step in.
Work hard to get on your front foot and feel your weight transfer all the way onto your front foot.
You should be able to tap your back foot without losing your balance at the end of your swing.
Get More Of The Ball
A final tip for how to absolutely crush your one handed backhand is to “get more of the ball.”
This is a tip that I tell almost all students, because it will not only help you get more power, but also help you improve your contact by avoiding mishits.
Getting more of the ball really comes down to hitting the ball flatter. If you hit the ball flatter, more of your energy is transferred directly into making the ball go forward instead of imparting more spin.
So, if you want to get more power, hit the ball flatter while extending out towards the target.
I hope you’ve found these tips on how to absolutely crush your one handed backhand useful. If you combine these techniques you’ll soon be ripping your one handed backhand like never before.