Hey guys. Florian Meier here, onlinetennisinstruction.com.
Today I want to give you a tip for the one-handed backhand. The one-hander is actually my favorite
shot and I think it can be a real weapon in your game if you have good technique. After
all, many of the best players over the past 20 years or so hit one-handed backhands including
Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Justine Henin. In order to hit a great one-handed backhand,
it is crucial that you develop a straight hitting arm. Only with a straight hitting
arm can you develop the correct swing path and get effortless power on your one-hander.
The most common error I see is that players lead with the elbow and never straighten out
the hitting arm, which looks something like this. Have a look at these slow motion clips
to see the difference between a straight hitting arm and a bent elbow. As you can see, the
hitting arm straightens out approximately at the bottom of the backswing which is also
called the slot position and looks like this. If you get your arm straight and into the
slot position, then you have a very good chance of developing a solid swing path and getting
some good power on your one-hander. Now it can actually be difficult to feel whether
or not your hitting arm is straight. Oftentimes people think that the arm is straight when
it really is not. If you’re unsure whether or not your hitting arm is straight, I highly
suggest that you film yourself to find out.