Simulating the movement of one-handed backhand for beginners

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Check out our tennis lesson on how to simulate movement in one-handed backhand.

In this tennis lesson, our beginner player is taking the first steps to hit one-handed backhand stroke. She will learn to judge the right distance and height of the ball as well as simulate the basic movement of this tennis shot. We will not need a tennis racket to practice the exercises; however, today we will use tennis balls, soft balls and a medicine ball.

Basic elements of the backhand

To keep it simple for our beginner player we will divide the one-handed backhand movement in three stages: backswing, contact point and follow-through. Before initiating the backswing a player learns to put their feet in the correct stance which is a neutral or closed stance where both feet are positioned sideways.

Check out our tennis lesson on how to simulate movement in one-handed backhand.

Backswing

  • to do the backswing the player will turn their shoulders towards their non-dominant side

Contact point

  • the contact point with the ball should happen at the waist-level and in front of the player's body

Follow-through

  • in the follow-through the dominant arm extends upwards and the non-dominant arm goes back

We will cover the one-handed backhand biodynamics in detail in future tennis lessons for beginner players.

The right ball height at the impact

The beginner player should move backwards or forwards to allow the coming ball to drop to their waist-level which is the right ball height at the contact point. This ball height allows a player to hit the backhand entering with the racket from low to high finishing with the dominant arm extended up. If the ball is too high at contact the player can easily lose control of the shot.

Key takeaways

Check out our tennis lesson on how to simulate movement in one-handed backhand.

The main learning points from this tennis lesson for beginners are:

  1. For a neutral stance, position yourself sideways.
  2. Let the coming ball drop to your waist-level where you will impact it.
  3. Swing the racket from low to high as it impacts the ball.
  4. Follow through with your dominant arm extended upwards.
  5. Finish the motion by placing your bodyweight on the front foot and slightly raising the heel of your back foot.

By simulating basic movement a beginner player gets familiar with the shot!

In this video, Javi teaches a beginner player to take the right position for one-handed backhand and simulate its basic movement. He is demonstrating three simple exercises without yet using the tennis racket. The player learns to perceive the right height and distance to the ball.

Check out our tennis lesson on how to simulate movement in one-handed backhand.

Exercise 1

Throw and catch the ball at the correct height and distance

3 sets of 10 balls

Exercise 2

Hit the softer ball back with your hand

3 sets of 10 balls

Exercise 3

Swing a medicine ball and hit the ball back

3 sets of 10 balls