Pickleball Backhand-How to Create Consitency & Power

I get asked this question a lot. My
backhand seems to go everywhere. When it does go in it doesn’t have any power! CJ
what do I do? Today we’re going to talk about backhand
basics. Today we’re going to talk about some of the fundamentals, your grip, your
stance and your setup. If you clean some of those up, chances are you’re going to
start hitting the shot more consistently, where you want it to go and with a
little bit more power. For most people their backhand is a weaker shot than
their forehand for a variety of different reasons. And they spend a lot
of time running around it. I’d like to know what’s stronger for you, your
backhand or your forehand? Put it down in the comments below. First let’s talk about the grip. I’ve seen players use a lot of different
grips and frankly sometimes those grips are great for a forehand, like an Eastern
grip from a tennis background. It is awesome for a forehand. That way you’ve
got your palm facing towards the net and it makes for a very strong and powerful
shot. Unfortunately that’s not as good a grip for a backhand. My personal
preference is to use a continental grip all the way around the court. Good for
the forehand and equally good for the backhand. So in an Eastern forehand grip
we have our palm facing more towards the net more towards the front
of the paddle. So it looks a little bit like this. In a continental grip the V
that’s created by our thumb and our forefinger right here that sits on top
of the paddle. That’s an easier grip to hit a backhand
with. Okay so now you’ve got a good grip. What we need to work on is we need to
work on your body position. And there’s probably two things going on. First of
all if you have a weak backhand you’ve probably been running around that
backhand so you’re not comfortable with where the ball is in relationship
to your body. Chances are you’re either too close to your body or you’re
reaching too far away. The second part of the footwork that we’ll work on when we
do this, is I want to turn my body or have a closed stance, more of a closed
stance than perhaps I do on my forehand. And what that allows me to do is to use
my shoulders and my core to rotate through the shot to create some power on
the backhand. The way that I like to do this is without a paddle. Start by getting your body moving correctly. So I’m going to have Jeannie stand
at the non-volley zone. I’m going to go back here to the baseline. All right she’s
gonna feed to me and I’m going to work on getting the correct footwork which is
the closed stance and rotating the shoulders and getting my arms so they’re
they’re relaxed and away from the ball. I’m not reaching and they’re not in
close to my body. I’m here and I catch the ball. You’ll notice
I’m in a closed stance and what I can do now to finish this off is rotate through
with my shoulders so I get the feeling of what my body’s supposed to be doing. Now that I’ve got a feeling for the
correct footwork I’m going put the paddle in my hand and I’m going to add two
more things to this. When I move into my position where my stance is a little
closed and my shoulders are turned I want to focus on making the contact out in front
of the body and watching the ball come all the way into the paddle. The perfect way to practice this is with
a game of backhand only skinny singles and if you click on this it’s going to
tell you exactly how to do it. If you got value from this video make sure you give
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