3 Tips To Fix Your One Handed Topspin Backhand

Today, I’ll discuss how you can fix missing long the one handed backhand topspin. In fact, I know this is a problem that many players struggle with. Hence, let’s jump into three simple, yet effective ways to help you get rid of the backhand burden.

Exaggerate Aiming Lower

One handed backhand tip

To correct those balls that are flying long on your one hander, you should work on fixing your aim. This is the easiest way to fix a trend in your mistakes. If you are struggling with the ball going long, I recommend you aim lower. Lowering your aim so that the ball flies closer to the net could create an immediate solution.

If you are already aiming low, but still missing long, don’t be afraid to exaggerate and aim at the net strap. If your pattern is to miss long, then it’s much better to miss the next shot in the net. This is better than making the same mistake over and over again. Besides, I suggest having a proper body alignment on your one handed backhand as you make these adjustments on the aim.

Aim To A Spot On The Court

One handed backhand topspin

Another way you can play with your targets is to aim at a spot on the court. If you’re missing in the net, aim at the baseline, where your opponent is standing.

If you’re missing long, you should aim shorter in the court around the service line. This will help you adjust where your ball lands.

Even if you aim for specific targets, there’s a good chance you will hit the ball in a different location. Thus, I recommend trying to exaggerate in order to make a different mistake than normal.

This is one of the reasons why you should play little games with your aim. Keep in mind that if you try to hit the net strap, or make the ball land in the court, then the ball might land deeper than you think.

Now, onto the final tip for how to fix missing long on the one handed backhand topspin.

One Handed Backhand Finish

One handed backhand topspin finish

Another thing you can do to improve your backhand consistency is to hold your finish. Holding your finish is one of the five pillars to hit a perfect one handed backhand, and it allows you to do a number of things. For instance, you can assess your racquet position, relaxation, extension, and balance. Checking these key techniques at the end of your swing will help you identify what’s causing your errors.

The one that I suggest you pay the most attention to is your balance. It’s impossible to hit a perfect shot if your balance is off. If you’re aware of your balance at the end of the shot, it’ll give you a set point to adjust. Therefore, you can start getting the right feeling at the end of your swings. 

In summary, if you’re struggling with your one handed backhand flying long, identify what mistakes you’re making. Then, you’ll be able to adjust your aim accordingly. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate your aim in the opposite direction.

Consider trying these three powerful tips to fix missing long on the one handed backhand topspin. They will help you to correct your backhand errors in no time at all. As a result, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to hit winners with your one handed backhand topspin stroke. 



By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution

Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high performance coach committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.

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