Tip of the Day - Placement of Backhand Attack

By Larry Hodges | Oct. 04, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Larry HodgesPlacement of Backhand Attack: Attack the Forehand and Middle More

Many players automatically attack with their backhand crosscourt. When attacking with the forehand, these same players don’t hesitate to move their attacks around probably because they figure they have more power on the forehand, and so can get away with attacking an opponent’s normally stronger forehand side.

These players forget that their backhand attacks are usually quicker than their forehand attacks and that this very quickness gives opponent’s trouble counter-attacking with their forehands. Even when backhand looping, the swing on the backhand is normally shorter, and so harder to read where it is going.

When a player attacks with his backhand to an opponent’s backhand, he is probably using the worst possible placement. An opponent’s backhand is the very shot that is probably quick enough to handle a quick backhand attack!

Instead, attack the backhand at the opponent’s slower forehand side, or into the opponent’s middle (the transition point between forehand backhand). Going down the line to an opponent’s forehand means the opponent not only has to react to a quicker backhand, but to the shorter down-the-line distance. Going to the middle means the opponent has to decide whether to use a forehand or backhand while being rushed. Either way puts you in the driver’s seat!

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