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Tennis Backhand Topspin Lesson  (Top Speed Tennis)


Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard with Top Speed
Tennis, and how many of you out there are struggling getting enough topspin on your
backhand? Maybe that ball is spinning parallel with
the ground instead of really getting a lot of topspin and diving down in the court, bouncing
high up into your opponent and making a difficult shot for them to return. We’re going to talk about how you can get
this snap coming through contact, get a lot of that topspin going on your ball to create
a lot of difficulty for your playing partners and your opponents. Let’s go ahead and get started. I’m going to teach you this move in three
simple steps that you can incorporate very easily. All right, so the topspin portion of the backhand
can be accomplished very easily once you learn the correct technique and a little bit on
ingraining and some practice. The first thing we’re going to do is break
it down into three separate motions, and then coming to a full finish. Then we’re going to start to incorporate
that into one simple motion. But I want you to go ahead and start out with
your racket up and down vertically. So as we’re loading up to get ready for
a backhand, my racket is going to be up and down vertical with the ground. So if we’re looking at it from face on,
it’s going to look straight up and down. If we’re looking at it from the side, we’re
going to see that the racket is actually angled back a bit. But from face on, from the butt end of my
racket to the tip of my racket, it’s going to be up and down. Now I want you to go ahead and get into that
position and pause here a few times. Just get comfortable with that, you’re loading
up into this position, getting that racket vertical. The second motion you’re going to get into
is you’re going to let this racket begin to drop. From here, the racket is vertical. I’m going to begin to let the tip of the
racket head drop down until now, it’s basically parallel with the ground and the butt end
of my racket is facing out towards you guys. What that’s going to do, is that’s starting
to get the racket head to drop down, so that we can kick it back upward as we’re coming
through impact and get a lot of topspin on the ball as we’re coming through impact. That’s how you’re going to do that, you
have to get that snap of the racket. Here the racket is vertical, we’re going
to let that racket drop down, and the momentum of that racket dropping down as it gets parallel
is actually going get the tip of the racket a little below the butt end of the racket
as we’re moving forward. Now the final piece of this is we’re going
to go ahead and turn the racket back the other way to get that snapping motion. If you remember the lag and snap motion with
the forehand, we talked about getting this right hand to turn a doorknob to the right
and then back to the left as you’re coming through contact. Just like they would teach in the windshield
wiper effect, or a little similar to that. Now with the backhand, we’re doing the same
motion, but we’re turning it around the other way. So here our hand has the doorknob, we’re
going to turn that doorknob to the left as we’re going back, so we’re turning that
doorknob counter-clockwise as this racket drops back. Then as we’re coming through contact, we’re
going to turn the doorknob the other way, and it’s going to go back clock-wise. So there’s contact with the strings parallel
to the ground. Let me go ahead and show you all three positions
from down the line now, so you can further ingrain these and get a lot better feel of
what’s going on here. Let’s go over these same three positions
now going down the line. As I’m coming and loading up, now my racket
is going to be up and down, we’re looking this way so the butt end of the racket is
facing out this direction. As I begin to turn my hand counter-clockwise,
now the racket tip is going to drop down in, so the racket is going from vertical to dropping
down in to where now it’s parallel with the ground. That momentum is going to continue as I begin
my forward motion. So the racket tip actually drops below the
butt end of the racket. Now as I extend forward into contact, that’s
when I get the snap backward. So this is the lag position, here’s the
snap position, and now my racket is kicking up and creating topspin as I’m making contact
with this ball. So the racket is turning down, and then turning
back up at contact, and then as I finish all the way through. I’m just going to let the momentum of that
motion to carry me forward, and my racket is going to come all the way around with the
butt end of the racket facing the opposing side of the court. That’s that lag and snap motion that you’ll
see all the top ATP getting that’s really going to help you to create tons of topspin
and tons of speed. All right, so finally just like we always
do with Top Speed Tennis we’re going to break these motions down and we’re going
to start to ingrain them. I want you to take your forehand grip and
I want you to pause in position number one, with your racket vertical to the ground. It’s angled back a bit, but if we’re looking
this way it’s straight up and down with the ground. For position number two we’re going to start
to let that hand turn counter-clockwise and get the racket parallel with the ground. Butt end of the racket is facing out this
direction. Position number three we’re going to go
ahead and extend up and get the racket parallel to the ground as we’re getting that contact
well out in front of our body. So one, two, three, and then we’re just
going to let the momentum carry us on around. Once you’re practiced that, get a good 100
to 300 reps in. Slow motion, pausing in each position, then
we’re going to get 100 to 300 reps in doing it without any pauses. Once we’ve done that, now we’re ready
to hit a couple shots. You’re just going to toss a few balls in
front of you, hit a few of those backhands, and really work on getting that snapping motion
to get the ball to turn down into the court. That’s going to help you to get a lot more
topspin, get a lot more speed, very, very little effort. So good luck to you guys, good luck with your
backhand, and I’ll see you soon. Hi guys, I hope you all really enjoyed this
video, and as a bonus for you guys I have a preview of a video that’s going to build
upon the motions that we learned here. We’re going to go in more detail how the
racket should load, how we’re going to load our shoulders, what positions we’re going
to get our body into, to help further incorporate exactly how to do the backhand perfectly. Make it effortless, make it fluid, get a lot
of speed, and a lot of spin on there. That preview is going to play here in a second. If you want to watch the full thing just click
the link that’s popping up in the bottom of the screen or down below in the description. If you like this video click the like button,
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be notified as soon as we come out with new information for you guys. So good luck, I’ll see you very soon, and
good luck with that backhand. Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard with Top Speed
Tennis, and how would you all like to absolutely rip your backhand. That’s what we’re going to talk about
in this video, we’re going to talk about how to get the lag and snap wrist action that
we all learned in the forehand series. We’re also going to talk about how to get
triple hinge pendulum physics. I know it sounds crazy complicated, but it’s
really simple. We’ve got four simple pieces that are going
to allow you to maximize those levers and get more speed on your backhand. Let’s go ahead and get started. All right, so the first thing we need to understand
is that when we’re doing the lag and snap technique, what we’re really talking about
is creating some levers in our arm. We’re creating a lever in our elbow, as
we extend from this lever we can maximize speed. We’re also creating a lever in the wrist. So any time you create levers, you’re creating
leverage. As you release this leverage, you’re creating
speed. So as we keep our arm bent and we go to an
extended arm, or if we have a bent wrist and we go to an extended wrist, we’re creating
speed. That’s where the lagging action of the lagging
of the wrist and the…

David Frank

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33 COMMENTS

  1. rdchenweb Posted on August 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Clay,

    Your series on one-handed backhand is by far the best I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty. What your instructions superior to others is you teach muscle movements and explain reasons for them. Such knowledge helps me to diagnose my own strokes when they get out of the form.

    Great job.

    Reply
  2. Alan Zeitlin Posted on September 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Clay,  I'm enjoying your videos.  Do you have anything on the two-handed backhand?  I grew up hitting a one-hander, but lately I've been trying to master the two-hander.

    Reply
  3. Nguyen Hung Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    What's number of grip for the backhand one hand in this video??? By the way, what's number of grip in video "How to Get Your Kick Serve to Drop Like a Boomerang!"??? (from 1-8). Thanks so much 🙂
    Great videos.

    Reply
  4. peigong shi Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    can i ask a question about the doorknob motion?
    do we do the doorknob motion when we hit the ball or before hit the ball(during the period of lower the raquet to the contact position).
    thanks.

    Reply
  5. matt manion Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:38 am

    HI Clay,
    I think I've watched just about every single handed backhand video on the web, and I must say that yours is the best!.  Great technical detail for those of us who are cursed with the need to constantly analyze our strokes 🙂  

    Reply
  6. matt manion Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    king salmon from Lake Michigan….great fun! Good Fall memories to help get me through the Winter  🙂

    Reply
  7. honkeyness Posted on December 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Clay, look at Dimitrov's wrist action here – what is that?  He's going from extended to almost flexed at contact.  What position should the wrist have at contact?   It looks like he gives a little extension right at contact.

    Watch at :40

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QylmCh5cBAw

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  8. H3xane Posted on December 27, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Hey clay this video helped a lot with my topspin backhand and I really appreciate it ! I just bought a babolat today and tried it out and I noticed a massive change in my game from a "spin" perspective .. But I'm having a nightmare with my serves I can't get them to land in the service box. They either go behind the line towards the base line or go straight deep into the doubles ally. If you could please make a video on how to get the ball in the service box a good amount of times. It's been bugging me lately. Thank you and hope to see more videos!

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  9. darinZtennis Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:26 am

    In the interest of helping others understand this stroke ……just RELAX YOUR GRIP!!
    The weight of the racquet head raises upward to the top of the loop by way of the shoulder.The forearm then relaxes with the help of gravity and momentum thus allowing the wrist to naturally drop. The eyes tracking the ball give direction for the shoulder to accelerate for timing and trajectory while the opposite arm is used for a counter weight to keep the racquet arm from swinging and pulling the body open and across. IMPORTANT!! BACK IS STRAIGHT AND STANCE IS BALANCED!! Wrist? Relaxed and only moving naturally by the momentum of the stroke!! No need for snap!!

    Reply
  10. mah6786 Posted on February 14, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for making this video, Clay.  You're a great teacher.

    Reply
  11. Rene Blais Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Hello!

    Let me know what is happening with my elbow during the backhand movement: when it is fully bend? when is it totally extend?

    Reply
  12. Alfando Savant Posted on May 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Hello!
    What if the backhand seems to have too much sidespin instead? How to fix it?

    Reply
  13. Joe Kennedy Posted on May 31, 2015 at 5:39 am

    What about the two handed backhand?

    Reply
  14. kweka21 Posted on July 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hi from Singapore!
    I love your tutorial videos, they are very precise and well explained. I'm still fairly new to the competitive game.and your videos really helped me make a drastic improvement to my shots. However, I'm having trouble getting the ball over the net with topspin as I'm only 5ft tall, I keep slamming the net. Any advice?

    Reply
  15. Marc Bowling Posted on July 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Ed Norton teaches tennis. Thanks for the video, good sir!

    Reply
  16. Stéphane Surprenant Posted on July 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    No two handed backhand tips, Mr. Ballard?

    Reply
  17. udis udist Posted on August 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Will this technique work on high balls. Always hard to hit a one handed highball backhand

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  18. Kevin Pease Tennis Professional Posted on August 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Really great work here. Your videos explain very accurately the components of the shots and the fundamentals of the modern game.
    Kevin Pease
    USTA High Performance

    Reply
  19. Cedo Mitrovic Posted on October 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

    nice…………..

    Reply
  20. Henry Dykman Posted on October 13, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Clay, I was taught to use a western grip for the backhand shot. In the backhand topspin lesson you are telling us to use the forehand grip. Which is the correct grip??

    Reply
  21. Lori Chappelle Posted on October 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    All of your serves are one handed. Please teach some two handed backswings.

    Reply
  22. Surresh Kumar Posted on December 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Its an interesting concept especially when i have always been told about the reverse C backswing. Just a quick thought, doesn't the reverse C do exactly the same thing as in the " turning the door knob" or does it not? personally i feel more wrist involvement when i tried your method ( just shadow practice, yet to try it on the court) and that makes me really excited to try it as i have been constantly wishing to add topspin to my backhand to gain more net clearance and depth to the shot. Thank you for your tutorials

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  23. Thanach Chotruangprasert Posted on December 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    What grip did you use in this clip? It would be very helpful.

    Reply
  24. Edgardo Molina Posted on February 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Great video. At the 4:14 minute you said "Forhand Grip"?

    Reply
  25. Claudio Prado Posted on March 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Clay great tip but I have a question: how much the wrist action is involved is it a wristy stroke? because if I lock the wrist at contact I will loose power isn't it? Thank you.

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  26. NSA go away! Posted on April 10, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I'm getting side spin when I try to hit topspin. What am I doing wrong?

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  27. FairwayJack Posted on May 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I like how your video has accurate subtitles. My hearing is very good but I like to keep the sound down when the kids are doing homework or sleeping…thanks for that.

    Reply
  28. Steve Hatzis Posted on July 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Hi my name is Steven Hatzis from Sydney Australia, I am a fully qualified and elite tennis coach with 30 years experience and I just wanted to say you did a great job in breaking it down in what I think were the most important elements in what all great one handed topspin backhands all have in common, I know you know your work well, great job!

    Reply
  29. sal joe Posted on September 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Good video. I liked in particular the "door-handle-turn-one-way-then-other" analogy.

    Reply
  30. Raphael Milhorini Posted on August 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    where are u from?

    Reply
  31. anupama gujadhur Posted on September 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Super vidéo. Thank you very much

    Reply
  32. Steve Maher Posted on October 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    basically backhand pronation . very great example

    Reply
  33. connorism69 Posted on December 3, 2017 at 5:06 am

    When doing a one-handed backhand, should we be using a very firm grip? I like to get top-spin with a strong flick of the wrist, and I notice that any looseness of grip leads to the racquet turning in my hand, and to me completely miscuing the shot. Any advice regarding grip for single-handers?

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