Hey Dan and Tom!
How can I develop a backhand like Harimoto’s backhand? I have observed that he takes the ball on the bounce and uses lots of wrist. He also does the switch very well. I feel the following are very essential:
1. Relaxed smooth brushing contact
2. Compact stroke
3. Frisbee like throw action with racket pointing towards stomach in the beginning
4. Short follow through
5. Body bent forwards to create space
Yeah we get a lot of questions on Harimoto recently! To be honest Sweetiele the points you have listed there are exactly right and are all important to create this aggressive style shot.
Timing is definitely key taking the ball early and not giving the opponent time. Have a look at our backhand flick video as well because a lot of the technical elements of this shot are key to help improve and develop this style!