> >> Slice or block powerful serve like Sampras does.
> >> Hit high backhands up and with topspin, making them bouncing
> >> even higher then on your side.
> >> How does this sounds, tennistv?
> >> Olympionic Ostap.
> >Sounds good to us. The problem most one-hand players have with high
> >backhands is that they try to hit the ball while the racket is still
> >parallel to the court (as on a ball at hip level).
> > You can't do that on a high ball. The racket head must be
> > higher than the ball for solid contact high.
> I am having a bit of trouble understanding this. Do you mean ball, or
> perhaps handle/hand here?
Sorry. Your assumption is correct. The racket head must be higher than
the hand is what we meant to say.
> >A high backhand is very much like a backhand volley in this
> >regard. But conventional teaching has drilled its students to hit
> >backhands with the same low to high, parallel to the ground stroke, and
> >this causes problems.
> I can understand the analogy to a high backhand volley, but I don't get the
> bit about low to high, parallel to the ground stroke. Surely you don't mean
> hit topspin from the back court like a high backhand volley.
It was the foundation of Dennis Van der Meer's (and hence, many others)
high backhand teaching for more than 20 years. Yes you should hit the
high backhands with topspin, the wisdom went, and some people can actually
do it. Most, however, end up with the lumpy wrist syndrome, and the
attempt to hit a high backhand the same way you hit a waist high backhand
(the only difference being how high the arm is through the stroke) is a
Hitting the high (head height or above) backhand with the racket
perpendicular to the ground, rather than parallel to it, is a much
stronger stroke. You can't hit topspin that way, but you can drive the
ball on a purposeful path deep into the opponent's court. Most high level
players never hit a high backhand since they will take the ball earlier
(and sometimes later) in the bounce. But if they get caught having to do
it, they will hit it as they would hit a low flying lob.
By the way, Dennis now teaches just what we've described here rather than
what he used to.
> How would you recommend hitting an agressive topspin backhand from above head
> high unless you get the ball out in front and get the racket face over the
> ball as much as possible (which to me means getting the racquet as parallel
> to the ground as possible). Not of course that I would choose such a shot as
> a high percentage option.
It's just this difficulty that makes topspin unavailable if the ball is
head high. The only way to drive the ball with topspin in this case is to
hit it waist level before it gets any higher, that is, on the rise.
Anyone can do this, if they have the time to practice it.