Make Your Backhand Better

Are you tired of having a weak backhand? Are you sick of your opponents getting rewarded for picking on it? Here are 4 things you can do to make your backhand better.

1. Care About the Set-Up. Backhands are tough enough to hit when you're stationary, but they are extra difficult if you're off-balance or reaching for the ball. Work hard to get to the ball and be on balance as you hit. It won't guarantee success, but it will tilt the odds in your favour. 

2. Use a Good Grip. It is important to have your hand in a strong hitting position. Too often people hit their backhand with their eastern forehand grip. The preferred grip on the backhand is either a continental grip, or the eastern backhand grip. This will make contact more solid and will make it less likely the ball pops up.

 An eastern backhand (index knuckle on the top of the handle) will make it easier to hit with power.

An eastern backhand (index knuckle on the top of the handle) will make it easier to hit with power.

3. Swing From the Shoulder. A common cause of weak backhands (and injured elbows) is an over-reliance on the forearm. It is important to get sideways and initiate the swing with your shoulder. This stronger joint will make it much easier to hit a strong shot.

4. Make Contact Out Front. A forward impact point is important because it puts your body in a strong hitting position. While you don't want to be reaching for the ball, forward extension will help you to have more control and power.