In this video, Coach Mauro explains and demonstrates hitting the one-handed backhand with different types of grips, and the pros and cons of using each.
- The continental grip can be used for slice backhands, but is not ideal for driving the ball forward in a flat manner or with topspin, because the contact point required is to close to your body.
- The eastern backhand will move your contact point forward enough to drive a flat backhand as well as put topspin on the ball.
-The semi-western grip will move your contact point even farther forward, giving you the ability to put even more topspin on the ball.
- The Western grip not only moves your contact point forward, but requires you to get very low in order to get the ball to clear the net. In addition, it requires incredible timing and you will lose some pace on the ball as well
- The two most commonly used grips on professional tours worldwide are the eastern and the semi-western - and for good reason. They both work pretty well!
- We recommend you experiment with both to see which one works best for YOU!
- Taking the racket straight back on the back swing usually causes you to raise the racket head, adding an extra move to have to drop the racket head down before contact in order to achieve topspin. It also causes a 'stop-and-go' motion that is not fluid or consistent.
- The way around this is to start with the racket head up when you turn your shoulders in preparation to hit, allowing the racket to drop naturally and your swing to remain smooth and consistent.
- Lastly, using the correct grip with a 'loopy' swing will allow you to take the ball early (aka 'out in front'), in a strong position (as opposed to the side of your body, in a weak position).