Start a rally; deliver a ball to the adjacent court when responding to “ball please.” In nearly every instance the swing is a drop hit forehand.
Sometimes those forehands are deliberate and practiced (that is good). Other times those forehands are wristy, in poor form, somehow not acknowledged as genuine practice opportunities.
Truly – practice makes permanent. Practice makes perfect only (repeat ONLY) when practicing perfectly.
But what of the one handed backhand? What of finding and becoming comfortable with a genuine eastern backhand grip?
In classes as well as observation of play at our club, nearly all players could improve this shot. The question is how. The answer – DELIBERATE BACKHAND DROP HITS.
If every time you started a rally, every time you took the ball out of your pocket, every chance you got – you performed a correct, graceful, flowing, one handed backhand – in no time at all you would grow more confidence, improve your consistency and accuracy, and come to terms with a genuine backhand grip.
As a holiday bonus, I am including one of the 40 lessons from within “Mastering the Backhand” – to share in more detail the nuances of this special drop hit shot.
Racquet back before the bounce – contact well in front – a long and deliberate follow thru along the target line.
Check it out – this stuff works.
Check out Mastering The Backhand to learn more, in the meantime make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this lesson.