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from Peter Nicol
The backhand swing is a more
natural process than the forehand. However, that certainly does not mean
it's easier to execute with most players struggling to find the power
and control they want on this side.
The reason I feel the backhand swing is more natural lies in the fact
that when you take the racquet into the backswing, you naturally turn
the shoulders and rotate the hips. This gets you into a great position
without too much thought. Obviously there can be several areas within
this backswing that can cause issues but in general, you are naturally
in a better striking position that the forehand just by taking the
One of the biggest issues for me on the backhand swing for me is the
racquet arm being too close to body when you prepare the backswing. You
need to have some space to get the swing coming through to impact in the
right direction. If the backswing is too tight to the body there is a
tendency to swing around the impact point rather than through, causing
an inconsistent shot.
Another common fault on the backhand side is that most players get too
close to the ball on impact. This lessons the power of the shot and
makes for a much harder physical effort getting into position every
time. Having the arm at a locked out position on impact really helps
with power and control, also allowing you to move less and retain more
energy for times you will undoubtedly need to work physically harder.
I hope you enjoy the week on the basic backhand swing, last week really
helped me focus on what I was trying to teach and accomplish with the
basic forehand swing and I feel mine has improved as a result – even
after all these years!
With thanks to Squash Skills