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2 Handed Backhand Tennis Analysis to Improve Footwork and Balance

August 14, 2019

– Hi, it’s Jeff Salzenstein here, founder of Tennis Evolution, so excited to bring you this video today on singles strategy and what to focus on when you’re playing points. And in this one we’re actually gonna look at a backhand that breaks down. So you gotta stay tuned
for this entire point to see the backhand break down at the end. And these are two high level players we’re gonna watch, and
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that would go a long way. So we are going to watch
now this first point. Great serve down the T. Great lunge by the player
to get the return back. Now, this ball right here can go anywhere, and I actually like that he
goes to the forehand corner because this player actually
has a weaker forehand. So good shot selection there. Great defense over here,
and look at the buggy whip. Look at the high finish here. Okay, look at the high finish. That’s what you’re gonna
see from great players. He goes cross court, and,
like, where’s he gonna go here? I think he should go cross court. He does because he’s behind the baseline. No business going down the line there. He creates great angle here. Great defense with this
slice to slow the point down. He backs up right here and
plays a nice ball cross court, lands at the service
line, moves the opponent. Now he’s stretched right here, plays great defense on the backhand. Now this is the backhand in question. Watch where it goes. Bottom of the net, okay. Bottom of the net. Now maybe he just misjudged this ball, but I want you to see what
he could have done better. So nice little shuffle out to the ball, and he steps across. Now a lotta coaches are gonna say this is a no no, that you’ve gotta get this leg behind the ball. That never worked for me when I played. I really struggled with this idea of getting this leg behind the ball. So stepping across is actually okay if you do this. And this has to do with footwork as well. So this backhand could really
improve with better footwork. Now, look at his position here. Look how he’s hunched
over with his upper body. Now watch what his back leg does. You see how it just kind
of like it comes around a little bit but he’s got
a really narrow stance. I believe this is one
reason that he struggled with the backhand. You’ve gotta have better
balance after you finish, so what I wanna see here is when he’s done I want this leg to swing around, and I want him to get into a wide base. So when he finishes, this
leg should be way out here and he should be in a low base. So this is about footwork
and about having a solid base on the backhand. And I really think because
his balance was off, you see how bent over he is, and he doesn’t swing
the leg around enough. He’s off balance
throughout the entire shot. And this caused a mis-hit. So there are a lotta
good things that happened in this point by both
players with shot selection, but it was ultimately the execution of this player with his
footwork and his balance that held him back. Now if you want to improve your footwork on your forehand and your backhand, I’ve got a free gift. There are footwork myths
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  • Reply Tennis Evolution - Online Tennis Lessons April 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Footwork myths debunked: Former Top 100 ATP Pro, Jeff Salzenstein, is exposing 3 common myths that could be crippling your potential. Most players make at least 1 of these 3 mistakes… Do you?

  • Reply hrabmv April 26, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    i am 2 y into tennis and am so sure that having that leg on backhand behind the ball is huge mistake. it makes 0 logic as well and i heard that the other day from one coach. who is telling all these lies:)??? why do people repeat them when i could figure it out in 2 years from 0 that its nonsense. one has to have coil for perfect shot standing open is not coiling

  • Reply Jude Dixon Tennis April 26, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Nice tip totally agree

  • Reply DIEGO SILVA TENNIS TEAM April 26, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    which app are you using to parse this video? thanks

  • Reply Wally Friend April 26, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Jeff, I think he’s off balance on the backhand because he misjudged his distance to ball. He had plenty of time and that’s typically a beginner’s mistake. He needs more coaching or it’s probably something he will always have to deal with.

  • Reply Frans Ledwaba April 27, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Do you think that this would be applicable to an intermediate player where they have a lot of additional basic footwork to master as well or is this a more an advanced technique … I prefer this over maybe playing open stance (if time permits it) and letting the left leg kick out while staying as low as possible… What are your thought? Love Your Videos … Incorporate a lot of what you teach.

  • Reply R G April 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

    well done Jeff. Good stuff, will be working extra hard on doing this.
    Thanks for the video!! More more.

  • Reply Omar Sultanov April 28, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Great analysis, Jeff ??

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