Coach CornerTechniquesbackhand-sidespin loop
Danttgeek asked 3 months ago

I have noticed that players that play a backhand sidespin loop do so with devastating effectiveness – the angle creates a lot of winners.
Whilst I appreciate that the bat has to lower around the left side of the ball (as a righty), I can’t seem to get this shot right.
I wondered if the issue is that the ball has to be struck at a different position in relation to my body.  So my normal backhand shots are in the centre in front of my bellybutton – should these sidespin shots be more to my left near my left hip?

5 Answers
TomTom Academy Coach answered 3 months ago

Hey, so for these types of shots I would say a lot of it is in the wrist and and being relaxed and flexible to come around the side of the ball more. You can also definitely experiment with taking the ball slightly more towards your left hip but overall I would say you want to play most shots with your body behind the ball where possible to keep control and stability.

Sometimes it also comes down to having a slightly softer contact and a bit more dwell time on the ball, so I would suggest taking some pace off the ball when going for this type of shot and focus on really brushing the ball well with spin.

Danttgeek
replied 3 months ago

Thanks Tom – I will keep working at it.

It amazes me how some people do this shot so easily with so much power at what seems like an ‘impossible’ angle over the net. Would be great to have that one in my arsenal.

Danttgeek answered 3 months ago

Have been working on this and getting success now.
It strikes me that ‘trying’ to get around the side of the ball isn’t the best approach, it seems that relaxing the wrist and kind of letting the racquet tip fall to get around the ball is more effective.  Actually, I’ve found that has improved my forehand hook also. 
Guess that really is in line with that ‘softer’ shot you speak off – it’s all more relaxed.

Danttgeek answered 3 months ago

Have been working on this and getting success now.
It strikes me that ‘trying’ to get around the side of the ball isn’t the best approach, it seems that relaxing the wrist and kind of letting the racquet tip fall to get around the ball is more effective.  Actually, I’ve found that has improved my forehand hook also. 
Guess that really is in line with that ‘softer’ shot you speak off – it’s all more relaxed.

Danttgeek answered 3 months ago

Have been working on this and getting success now.
It strikes me that ‘trying’ to get around the side of the ball isn’t the best approach, it seems that relaxing the wrist and kind of letting the racquet tip fall to get around the ball is more effective.  Actually, I’ve found that has improved my forehand hook also. 
Guess that really is in line with that ‘softer’ shot you speak off – it’s all more relaxed.

TomTom Academy Coach answered 3 months ago

Hey! Really glad to hear this is going better for you. Yes definitely being more relaxed and getting the tip of the bat down will really make a difference. The more you practice the better it will get too 🙂

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