|In the Shenzhen training sessions, after 8-10 minutes of forehand forehand warm-up, I always segue into the backhand backhand drill. However, instead of the classic penhold backhand using the same side of the paddle as on the forehand, in Shenzhen I learned to make exclusive use of the reverse side of the paddle for backhand shots.|
Let's call this the modern penhold backhand. The modern style has significant advantages over the classic penhold backhand: principally, with respect to the the (topspin) loop attack, but also with respect to flicking the short ball. In later entries, I will attempt to illustrate the multiple advantages of the new style, for now I will simply discuss the continuation of the warm-up using the reverse backhand.
I'd like to emphasize that this is a new stroke that I picked up during my stay in Shenzhen. Here, the topic is the backhand backhand drill where I'm simply hitting the ball. Again, it's used mostly as a warm-up device. (The backhand loop against non-underspin and underspin will be covered in later entries.) In the following one minute clip (taken from a 10 minute session), you can also see the coach reminding me about the importance of a proper followthrough. As anyone who has needed to retrain muscle memory knows, it can be difficult to make adjustments while attempting to time the ball correctly and still manage to place the return on the table. Patience and continual reinforcement is a necessary component of the re-wiring process. Direct link to the Youtube clip:
|Clip was uploaded in 1280 x 720 HD format. You may be able to select HD instead of SD sometimes... Aha, I finally figured it out! I seem to have to play it once in SD in full screen mode. Then on replay, the HD symbol becomes visible/selectable on the tab:|
- Start stroke from the stomach on out.
The stroke is initiated from the body shift. Bring stomach back/in before initiating the stroke.
- Try to think point of contact to be in front of the body.
Not to the side. Quick recovery for the next ball is next to impossible otherwise.
- Always lean forwards.
Sometimes when the ball is unexpectedly deep, I tend to straighten the upper body and even lean backwards.
- Be aware of the options to angle the paddle using the wrist.
You can adjust the direction to return the ball to the same spot, for example, during a drill.