Is My Backhand Getting Better?
I posted a blog in August 2020 about my goal to come out on the other side of the pandemic with a better topspin backhand.
I videoed it back in August and asked people what they thought of it, and what coaching tips they had for me. I received 111 replies! Many thanks for that. Click HERE to see the video of my old backhand and the 111 replies.
So now it’s time for a January update. I have been working on it and I feel it is getting better, but I would like for you to be the judge. There are five videos in this blog post.
- Old Backhand (Aug 2020)
- New Backhand 1 (Jan 17, 2021)
- New Backhand 2 (Jan 18, 2021)
- Drone Video (Jan 17, 2021)
- Old v New – Dartfish Side-By-Side Comparison
Enjoy the video and I would love to get your feedback. There is a contact form at the very bottom of the page.
Old Backhand (Oct 2020 – 2 Minutes)
New Backhand 1 (Jan 17, 2021 – 5:18)
New Backhand 2 (Jan 18, 2021 – 4:58)
Drone Backhands (Jan 17, 2021 – 1 Minute)
Dartfish: Side-By-Side Backhands With Commentary & Slow Motion
The key for me is to get the racket back more in the top of the backswing. Further back and higher. That has a snowball effect on other elements such as getting prepared earlier, rotating my upper body better against my lower body, getting into a better “athletic” position to hit the backhand, and loading more energy to deliver at contact. When I look at my old backhand it kind of feels like I am poking it. It looks abbreviated and I am not taking a full cut at the ball. Not enough racket-head speed. Not nearly enough loading of energy.
The improved version of the backhand has better loading up high behind my head and turns the stroke into a full “sweep” with a lot more racket head speed. I trust the swing and the racket head speed. When I look at Dominic Thiem’s backhand (below), it’s a good visual for me.
April 20, 2017: Dominic Thiem v David Goffin. Monte Carlo Masters 1000