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Tip of the Day - Backhand Attack Placements

By Larry Hodges | Nov. 07, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Backhand Attack Placements

Larry Hodges The strength of most backhand attacks is that they usually involve a quicker, shorter stroke, and so are harder for opponent’s to react to. Where is an opponent most vulnerable to a quick shot, with little time to react? Usually either the middle (where they have to decide whether to use a forehand or backhand) and the wide forehand (since the forehand stroke is usually longer than the backhand stroke, and the ball isn’t right in front of you, as it would be for a backhand). Yet, most players backhand attack mostly crosscourt to an opponent’s backhand. Instead, try these other placements, and see what happens.

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