Tennis Backhand Drills – Fix the Backhand Tennis Shot

Practice these tennis backhand drills to develop a deadly combination of techniques to win a tennis match. The backhand shot may not be as popular, but it is as important as the forehand stroke.

tennis-backhand-drillsThese tennis backhand drills will help you develop a more powerful backhand together with a forehand providing the perfect combination of techniques to win tennis matches.

To be able to perform these tennis backhand drills perfectly and accurately means you will be well on your way to learning a powerful weapon to defeat your opponents.
Inside-Out Tennis Backhand Drill

The Inside-Out tennis backhand drill is one of the best drills to learn and practice your backhand strokes. This technique is very popular with Venus and Serena Williams and several other professional tennis players. The Inside-out is a backhand drill that will surely help you improve your backhand strokes.

In this tennis backhand drill, the feeder should feed mid-court balls to your forehand side, while you cross back and hit the backhands inside-out. The best way to practice this drill is to hit several inside-out backhands, and the player has to do this is in the forehand corner of the court.

Inside the Service Line Tennis Backhand Drill

This tennis backhand drill needs two players, each should be positioned in each side of the court. To execute this drill, the first player has to stand on the service line while the second player is positioned in the center of the baseline. In this instance, the first player is the student while the second player is the ball feeder. The second player feeds the ball consistently to the first player’s backhand side. The first player then returns the ball crosscourt into the backhand corner with a deep ball. The drill continues until many hits are accomplished and both players can exchange position after.

Live Tennis Backhand Drill

This tennis backhand drill can be executed by two players. Again, each player stays in each side of the court. The first player acts as the student while the second player is the feeder. Both the student and the feeder are positioned at the center baseline of the court.

The feeder then feeds the ball to the student and the student returns the ball using a tennis backhand shot back to the feeder. After the student returns the ball, he has to go back to his original position (center of the baseline). Then the feeder feeds another ball, and this time it is a short ball, the student must then hit cross-court (the ball should land to the other far side of the court) still using the backhand approach.

Deep and Short Tennis Backhand Drill

This backhand tennis drill needs two players with the first player as the student and the second player as the feeder. The feeder is positioned at the center of the baseline while the first player starts in the forehand alley corner of the court. The feeder feeds the ball near the middle part of the baseline (deep ball), the student runs and returns the ball using a backhand approach and stays in his present position. The feeder then feeds the second ball and lands it in mid-court for the short ball and the student again returns the short ball with a backhand approach. The tennis backhand drill continues with alternate deep and short balls, but the backhand approach should always be used.

Backhand Tennis Shot Down The Line

This tennis backhand drill can be executed with one player and the coach. The student is positioned in either of the doubles alley (the part of the tennis court use for doubles matches but not in the singles matches) while the coach stands in the center end of the baseline or in the service line. The coach feeds an easy ball to the student and the student hits it to the coach. The coach then returns the ball and this time the student has to hit the ball using a backhand approach and hit it down the line as a winner. The drill can continue as long as you like, however it is advisable to master this tennis backhand drill on the approach shot because it can be a powerful weapon to win points in a tennis match.

Lateral Tennis Backhand Drill

This drill needs a student and a feeder (can be a coach or another player). The first player is the student and the second player is the feeder. The student is positioned first in the forehand side of the doubles corner (the corner use for the doubles matches). The feeder feeds the ball to the backhand side of the court, the student then ran as fast as he or she can with the racket prepared to hit the ball with the backhand. After the student returns the ball, he then return to his original position and the drill continues. When the student is already tired, he and the feeder can exchange position.

One Stands Alone Tennis Backhand Drill

This drill can be executed with several players or student. It is also advisable for the coach to act as the feeder in this drill while the student arranges themselves in a straight line. The coach is positioned in one side of the court while the students are lined up in the other side of the court. The coach feeds the ball to the first student and the student hit the ball the across the court. After the first student hits the ball, he or she moves out of the line and queue up again behind the last student in queue. However, if the student misses the hit he is considered out and cannot queue back again. The last student standing is the winner. Being creative in drills (like declaring winners at the end of the drill) helps the student to work harder.

Forehand/backhand Live Tennis Backhand Drill

This drill can be executed with two players with the first players on one side of the court while the second player stays in the other side. First player is the student while the second player serves as the feeder. Both of them stand on the center baseline. The feeder feeds the ball to the backhand side of the student and the student hit the ball with the backhand approach. The feeder again returns the ball and this time he feeds it to the forehand side of the court and the student returns back the ball with the forehand approach. The tennis backhand drill continues with the alternate backhand and forehand approach. In the later part of the drill, the two players can exchange position.

Working On Ground Strokes – Tennis Backhand Drill

This drill needs several players or students and the coach himself who serves as the feeder. The students must form a vertical line in one side the court while the coach stays at the other side of the court. The coach then feeds a ball to the forehand and backhand side of the court alternately. In this tennis backhand drill, the second student has to hit the first two balls (the forehand and the backhand) instead of the first players. The first student serves as a shadow to the second players. After the second player hits the two strokes, they can exchange position so that this time it is now the original first player who does the return and the original second player serves as the shadow. Continue the tennis backhand drill until all the students are able to hit the alternate backhand and forehands.

Backhand and Recovery Forehand Tennis Drill

The tennis backhand drill needs one student and the coach himself as ball feeder. The coach is positioned in one side of the court at the center baseline or in service box while the student is positioned in the center baseline. The coach feeds the ball to the to the forehand line corner and the players has to run as fast as he can to hit the ball with forehand approach and then go back to the center and be ready for the next return which is backhand.

Backhand and Recovery Forehand Tennis Drill

The tennis backhand drill needs one student and the coach himself as ball feeder. The coach is positioned in one side of the court at the center baseline or in service box while the student is positioned in the center baseline. The coach feeds the ball to the to the forehand line corner and the players has to run as fast as he can to hit the ball with forehand approach and then go back to the center and be ready for the next return which is backhand.

This drill is ideal to improve the player’s or student backhand accuracy and at the same time his agility and movement.

Backhand and Forehand Dead Ball

This tennis backhand drill consists of one student and a coach who serves as the ball feeder. The coach is positioned in the center baseline in one side of the court while the student is positioned at center baseline in the other court. The coach feeds the ball to the student’s backhand side and then the student moves to return the ball and moves back immediately to his original position which is the center baseline. The coach again feeds the ball but this time he lands it in the forehand side (down the line) of the court. The student again has to move as quickly as he can and return the ball. The drill continues with the alternate backhand and forehand down the line feedings.


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