Tennis Shots: The Backhand

From listening to tennis commentators, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that a backhand was something that any tennis player compares to a particularly troubling visit to the dentist – if it can be avoided, you should, because the result of going there will be painful and potentially embarrassing.

There is no doubt that a good backhand is trickier to play, and therefore rarer in the competitive game, than a forehand. For this reason, professional players will aim to hit to their opponent’s backhand in the hope of forcing a mistake. Because it is an “unnatural” shot – played across rather than with the player’s body, mistakes are more common with it – but a good backhand is worth developing, because it can be devastating.

As players instinctively aim for their opponents’ backhands, having a good shot with that stroke is liable to win you a lot of points. The Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, a top twenty player with a moderate record in the game, is believed by no less an authority than John McEnroe to have the best backhand he has ever seen – but unfortunately for Wawrinka, this has resulted in players hitting to his less gifted forehand.

Wawrinka’s compatriot Roger Federer is one of very few top players to hit the backhand single-handed, allowing him greater reach and ability to hit on the run. This has made him dangerous from anywhere on the court, a major element in his success in the game.

Introducing Your Child to Tennis

“This book is THE perfect introduction and primer for parents whose kids like tennis and want to learn how to play the game correctly.”—Tennis Magazine—United States Tennis Association

“This is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide for getting your child started playing the game.”—Bill Colson, Senior Editor Sports Illustrated  

In this lively guide, Pierce Kelley shows you how to successfully introduce your child to the game of tennis. This book offers you:    

  • Technique-building drills and exercises
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to practice with your child
  • Illustrations that show you correct stances and strokes
  • A glossary of tennis terms, to help you speak the language
  • When and how to choose a tennis pro, and more

 

Tennis and Children

Parents are always looking for a good sport for their child and more and more parents are starting to turn to tennis as the perfect sport for their child.   The benefits of tennis go far beyond simply learning good sportsmanship skills, it also goes deep into learning good skills in terms of eye coordination and even hand eye coordination just to mention a few.   Deciding if tennis is the right sport for your child is sometimes easy and at other times a bit more complicated, but you should always take a cue from your child as you make the final decision.

The first step should be deciding if your child enjoys playing with large groups of people such as with football or soccer or if they prefer to play solo sports.   While tennis is  more of a solo sport while he/she is  competing against one opponent if playing singles or playing with a partner against two opponents,  rather than an entire field like many team sports involves.  

Your child should be relatively coordinated.   Tennis is said to be the most difficult sport due to the fact that you must hit a moving ball with your racquet.   Unlike, golf where the ball is stationary when you make contact with it.       Many children enjoy the challenge of being able to hit the moving ball while running on the tennis court.   Some  take this as the perfect time to get started really improving their skills and technique in order to protect themselves from the ball.      

You should also look at the benefits that tennis can provide.   It is a great form of exercise that allows your child to move around the tennis court a very great deal thus providing them with plenty of exercise.   At the same time, it is also possible to practice improved hand eye coordination, teamwork skills and even learn how to make quick decisions as a split second.   A child who has issues making a decision is generally not cut out for tennis, however a child that is able to just jump in and make a fast decision will generally do very well at tennis.

Another   benefit of tennis is  the ability to have your child  practice on  their own.   While many sports need a  partner to interact with  or  numerous  other people in order to actually practice,  you can practice your tennis strokes  by hitting on a solid wall.    A tennis ball and racquet can allow your child to easily practice almost anywhere, even at your home.   This allows your child to have the time to practice that they need which can be a huge help if you are looking for the best sport possible that will not potentially damage your property.

For parents who are looking for a competition sport,  tennis makes a wonderful choice, you can choose just how many or how few competitions you are comfortable with your child participating in and ultimately they can even play in the Olympics or as a professional if they are skilled enough when they get older.   This can allow you to consider that tennis is a great sport because it has a serious future ahead that is very much possible for virtually anyone to learn.   Read More…