Tip of the Day - Proper Backswing

By Larry Hodges | Sept. 09, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)
Larry Hodges

Proper Backswing

One of the most common mistakes I see when players warm up or practice is hit each shot properly, but then backswing immediately for the next shot with no move to a ready position. In other words, if they are hitting backhand to backhand, after each shot the player goes directly from the forward swing to the backswing for the next backhand.

In a game situation, you wouldn’t know that the next shot is a backhand. So you’d instead move toward a ready position. In a very fast rally, you might only partially get to the ready position, but that’s the direction you’d be going. As soon as you see where the ball is going, then you begin your backswing.

So, instead of practicing a one-two forwardswing/backswing, do a one-two-three forwardswing, ready-position/backswing.

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