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Important Roles of Non-Dominant Hand in One-Handed Backhand Groundstrokes

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

As demonstrated in this video shown below, Justine Henin reveals the secrets of use of non-dominant hand in one-handed backhand groundstrokes in her own words “if you do not use it, it’s really tough; if you use it, you feel perfect”. Understanding this perfect feeling will help you master one-handed backhand groundstroke technique. The important roles of non-dominant hand in one-handed backhand groundstrokes are:

1) Keep body in good balance.
2) Facilitate to use shoulder muscles other than forearm (it’s natural for our symmetric two hands/arms to do the same motion).
3) Prevent torso from overturning to lose control and consistency.
4) Act as a brake to stop body further turning so that arm and racquet continue to accelerate to reach max speed (whipping motion).

    One common mistake for one-handed backhand groundstrokes is to swing with forearm only, which is a major cause of tennis elbow. Use of non-dominant hand as shown in this video will easily correct this mistake.

    Two-Handed Backhand Groundstroke Tips

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    Coach Kyril shows this good video clip for better two-handed backhand. I like the demonstration with two finger of non-dominated hand to prove that indeed the dominated hand for two-handed backhand is left hand (for right handed players). This is the reason why a good exercise for two-handed backhand is to practice one left hand groundstroke as shown in the video clip. Some players use right hand as dominated hand for two-handed backhand, which is how one to hit for one-handed backhand. This video clip will definitely help those players to make correction. This raises an interesting question, what roles right hand play then? One role is to stabilize racquet swing as mentioned in the video clip. I would think there are two other important roles, one is to facilitate whip like motion of racquet swing, the other is to act as a pivot for racquet to generate more angular momentum.

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